It’s ok to ask: The power of “Are you ok?”

It’s not fun – or even easy – to talk about, but this month we’re talking about suicide. Talking about the issue of suicide makes many of us feel uncomfortable, helpless and perhaps even frustrated. For those who know someone who has died by suicide, it impacts friends, family and the entire community. It is […]

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5 Tips to Ease Back to School Stress

In most stores, the beach towels and sunscreen are being replaced with backpacks and notebooks. Somehow, the first day of school is just around the corner! Many kids are energized by the possibilities of back to school, but others anxious about the unknown. A new teacher, a new school or going to school for the […]

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5 Tips to Stay Healthy This Summer

Mental health and physical health are largely connected, so by taking care of your body, you’re also taking care of your mind. Here are five things to remember this summer to help you take care of your body and mind. 1. Get your rest Routines may vary with summer events but aim to get seven […]

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Tips to Make the Most of Summer Vacation!

As Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer, we gladly welcome in warmer temperatures and sunnier skies! Summer is typically filled with vacations and fun, free time and celebrations. Kids love the break from school and the freedom that summer brings; however, sometimes it can be difficult for parents, as they find themselves asking: […]

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What Can You Do To Help End the Stigma?

One in five Americans will have a diagnosable mental health condition each year, yet nearly two-thirds do not seek treatment. What keeps people from getting help? One reason is stigma. Fear of rejection, discrimination, and lack of knowledge are all reasons why people often do not seek help. Each May, we celebrate Mental Health Month […]

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Unplug and Help our Younger Generation

National Public Health week is this week, April 6-12, 2015! Jefferson Center joins the public health community in rallying around a goal of making the U.S. the Healthiest Nation in One Generation-by 2030. The goal is to be the healthiest nation in one generation and that means focusing on the younger generation! This group is […]

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8 Choices that Promote Healthy Aging

Research is beginning to uncover some key factors that contribute to a long and healthy life. We can make choices that influence our own health and wellness. Here are some key factors that affect the quality of our life: 1. ATTITUDE IS A STATE OF MIND Take charge of your attitude. Sense of hope, humor, […]

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Happy New Year!

It’s a new year, a clean slate. For many of us, it’s a time of reflection, renewed hope and resolutions. How will you make the most of the next 365 days? Consider adding a couple of these tips to your routine to make it a happy, healthy year! Simplify your life. Try rising early one […]

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What is Vicarious Trauma?

Vicarious trauma is an ongoing process of change over time that results from witnessing or hearing about other people’s suffering and need. When you identify with the pain of people who have endured terrible things, you bring their grief, fear, anger, and despair into your own awareness and experience. Your commitment and sense of responsibility can lead to high expectations and eventually contribute to your feeling burdened, overwhelmed, and perhaps hopeless. Vicarious trauma, like experiencing trauma directly, […]

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How to Keep the ‘Happy’ in Happy Holidays

The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy, happiness and excitement however, the holidays can also bring added stress, disappointment and loneliness. For many, this year will be more difficult given the financial and emotional stressors of the economy. When you experience this stress, remember to take care of yourself, keep things simple […]

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