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Schizophrenia Awareness Week: Myths and Facts

May 14th, 2018

Schizophrenia is a brain disorder that, as of 2009, affects about 1% of the global population and about 1.2% of Americans. Schizophrenia is characterized by hallucinations (feeling, seeing, or healing something that is not present) and/or delusions (false beliefs that are disconnected from reality). It is a serious and chronic mental illness that can be […]

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Bullying in Our Schools, Part II – The Bullied

May 10th, 2018

It’s estimated that between 20% and 30% of school-age youth are directly involved in or affected by bullying. That’s as many as one out of every three children! As mentioned in our earlier post, Bullying Part I: The Bully, bullying is multifaceted. It doesn’t occur in a vacuum and it’s not black and white. School […]

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Bullying in Our Schools, Part I – The Bully

May 2nd, 2018

In 2015, one in five American high-school students reported that they had been bullied on school property in the previous year. According to ABC News, as many as 30% of children either bully or experience bullying. It’s easy to get swept up in a simplified narrative of school-age aggression. It’s easy to believe that there […]

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Stress Awareness Month: Stress Less with these Tips

April 16th, 2018

Whether it’s job stress, issues with your family or balancing life in general, stress can affect your body, leading to manifestations in both mental and physical ways. Stress can lead to headaches, sleep issues/insomnia, muscle pain, fatigue, and even chest pain. The physical symptoms often emerge from mental strain of stress in your daily life. […]

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April is Counseling Awareness Month

April 6th, 2018

It’s counseling awareness month! Too often, individuals see counseling as a last resort, something to consider only when life has become overwhelming. If you have a loved one struggling with mental health and/or substance use disorder, you may be certain that they could benefit from counseling… but what about you? Family members and friends need […]

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Recognizing the Signs of Mental Illness

April 2nd, 2018

If you are feeling isolated or insecure because you believe you may be suffering from a mental illness, know that you are not alone. Mental illness is defined, broadly, as a disease that causes mild to severe disturbances in thought and/or behavior, resulting in an inability to cope with life’s ordinary demands and routines. The […]

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Being Mindful Reduces Stress

March 16th, 2018

Mindfulness is a buzz word in the world of self-care. You don’t have to sit cross-legged, inhaling incense, to be mindful. Mindfulness can be practiced anywhere, anytime. It’s an experience of awareness that has been practiced across millennia, religious traditions, and modern workplaces. What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is simply the ability to be fully present in […]

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Why Do People Self-Harm?

March 7th, 2018

For many, the idea of a loved one attempting suicide is inconceivable and devastatingly painful. While self-harm may not always result in such irrevocable actions, the idea of a loved one purposefully hurting themselves can be just as incomprehensible and terrifying. Unfortunately, self-harm is more common than many realize, especially among adolescents, and it is […]

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