Each month, we send a specialized newsletter discussing current events, topics, and provide resources to help. We strive to provide you with information to increase your knowledge of mental health issues, concerns, and provide tips and guidance to cope. If you have a topic or question, you'd like to learn more about, please let us know! As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us today!
How to Manage Post-Election Stress
Post-Election Stress Disorder is a very real thing, especially these days. It doesn’t seem to matter which side of the fence you are on, tensions and anxiety are at an all-time high. Whether you are concerned about the future of the country, your children, the economy, health care, or having conversations with friends/family, there is a good chance you are struggling with some form of post-election stress. Add to that the uncertainty of a global pandemic, and it just might feel like your plate is overflowing.
You and your family’s mental health is important, so what can you do to combat post-election stress and breathe a little easier in the face of uncertainty?
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Coping With Pregnancy and Infant Loss
Losing a child is devastating. It doesn’t matter if that child was growing inside of you or your partner, or was lost after birth. It is heartbreaking, emotionally-jarring, and traumatic.
Pregnancy and infant loss whether through miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, or other complications are more common than one might think. One in four women will experience this tragic and painful loss. Model and Actress Chrissy Teigen recently shared her experience with pregnancy loss.
When this happens you may feel as if you can’t go on. You may be fearful of the future. You may feel alone and lost. You might feel like you are at fault—wondering what happened to cause this tragedy. All of these feelings are ok and perfectly normal, which is why it is so important that you take care of yourself.
How can you move forward after pregnancy or infant loss? How can you cope?
Signs Your Child Is Struggling and How to Help
Certain emotions can be hard for anyone to process, but even more so for children. They might not know how to react when they feel a certain way, so, as a parent, it is important to be aware of other signs your child may be struggling.
The signs are not always obvious. Instead of telling you how they feel, they might act out in behavioral ways or complain of physical discomforts.The best thing you can do is pay attention. Note any sudden shifts in mood, behavior, or physical symptoms. These can be indicators your child could use some help coping. And, listen to your gut. Parents tend to have a sense something isn’t right.
The past few months, living during a global pandemic COVID-19, have been particularly challenging with everything being canceled and closed down. Now, as we begin another school year and our children and teens take on education in a new way—whether in-person or remote— it is perfectly normal for them to be having a hard time. They might be mad that they have to wear a mask or confused as to why they can’t be in school with their friends. They might feel anxious about getting sick.
Whatever it is that is ailing them, what are some signs to watch for? And how can you help?
Managing Depression During A Pandemic
These times are tough for everyone. Disappointment is all around us, fear of the unknown, financial struggles, concerns about our children and school, isolation as we try to be socially responsible, and anxiety over the potential of getting sick. For those struggling with depression—new or chronic—COVID-19 has compounded symptoms and made treatment feel more out of reach.
The good news is online therapy is available and many insurance companies have made changes to their plans to include coverage for online services, making treatment more easily accessible. But even so, we could all use some tips on how to manage depression during these unprecedented and extremely trying times.
Minority Mental Health Month
As our society's current climate brings to light important movements like Black Lives Matter, reminding us to take a look at our own internal prejudices, I find it fitting that July is Minority Mental Health Month. Underrepresented minorities such as people of color, immigrants and their families, and LGBTQIA individuals face a host of additional obstacles when searching for treatment.
LGBTQ + Pride Month
While we celebrate, reflect, and acknowledge the growth of the LGBTQ community, there is still a significant amount of work to be done, specifically for our transgender community. Understanding what it is like to be transgender can be hard, which can make acceptance difficult.
In this month's newsletter, we will focus on the transgender community and help you gain an understanding of transgender individuals and the best ways to support the community.
Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This has been held every May since 1949 to help spread the word that mental health is something everyone should care about.
It is even more important this year. Just weeks ago, we had no idea the world would be turned upside down by COVID-19. Worry, isolation, loneliness, and anxiety is something everyone is experiencing.
Mental health is essential to everyone's overall health and wellbeing, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. There are tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency regardless of the situations they are dealing with.
National Stress Awareness Month
Developmental Disabilities Month
Dealing With Holiday Stressors
As much as we enjoy this time of the year, the holidays tend to be stressful. From buying the "right" gifts to clashing personalities within a family, on top of not having enough time for everything, many people deal with holiday stress.