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9Jun, 2016

What Mental Health First Aid Taught Me: How to be a Better Friend

By | June 9th, 2016|Categories: Anxiety, Class, Depression, Mind & Body, Recovery, Relationships, Resilience|Comments Off on What Mental Health First Aid Taught Me: How to be a Better Friend

A few years ago, I was walking with a friend - someone who I had just met a few months earlier - and she began telling me how she was going through a rough patch. She was self-harming, misusing pills and skipping work. I remember a lot about that conversation: it was a warm summer night and we were walking along the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. I remember I hated my job and contemplated skipping work somedays too. Mostly I remember I froze; I had no clue what to say or how to react. In spite of me being an incredibly [...]

23May, 2016

Why mental health matters on the job

By | May 23rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Why mental health matters on the job

If you’ve been following our blog or newsletters, you know we’ve been talking a lot about how mental health affects all other aspects of life: physical health, sleep, relationships with family and friends, nutrition and exercise ... the list goes on. (Read all our Mental Health Matters posts here.) But one thing we may not always think of is how neglecting our mental health affects our work. It can affect attitudes, relationships with co-workers, productivity, absenteeism and earnings on the job. 200 million days are missed every year in America because of depression and anxiety alone. Along with that, nearly 60% [...]

16May, 2016

When it’s more than “just the blues:” depression among older adults

By | May 16th, 2016|Categories: Depression, Senior|Comments Off on When it’s more than “just the blues:” depression among older adults

As we focus on older adults’ mental health this week, we look at how aging relates to mental illness – how it affects it and how it looks different in older adults. Depression is not a “normal” sign of aging. Although common in older adults, it is something to be taken seriously. But how do you know when it’s more than “just the blues”? After all, everyone has feelings of sadness or unhappiness now and then. But when feelings of sadness don't go away and interfere with daily life, depression may be the reason. Depression can occur in older adults due [...]

10May, 2016

Remembering the importance of self-care all year long

By | May 10th, 2016|Categories: Mind & Body|Comments Off on Remembering the importance of self-care all year long

Very often, I need to remind myself that I need to practice better self-care, particularly around this time of the year. Nine years ago in May, I lost my best friend and husband of almost sixteen years. I’ve learned over the nine years since this loss, the importance of honoring the feelings that accompany this time of year. I have a great support system of co-workers, friends and family – both chosen and biological - that provide great support. I have two wonderful stepsons and their partners along with two grandchildren that bring me great joy. I’ve learned over the years [...]

6May, 2016

Parenting an Anxious Child

By | May 6th, 2016|Categories: Anxiety, Kids, Parenting|Comments Off on Parenting an Anxious Child

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about parenting with anxiety. As Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day was recognized on May 5, I wanted to look at parenting an anxious child. My daughter is still very young, but already has a strong personality. She is incredibly empathetic, has intense emotions (what 3-year old doesn’t?) and definitely has some anxious tendencies. Anxiety is one of the most common mental health concerns for children and adults, affecting upwards of 20% of children and adolescents over the lifespan. Fifty percent of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, yet it takes [...]

26Apr, 2016

Having difficulty getting more zzzs?

By | April 26th, 2016|Categories: Mind & Body, Mobile Health|Comments Off on Having difficulty getting more zzzs?

I don't know about you, but since the time changed for daylight savings time, I just can't seem to get a good night’s sleep. We've all heard how important it is to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night - how sleep increases your energy, makes your skin glow, helps with weight loss, improves your memory and helps you focus better. I get it; and don't get me wrong, I crave sleep. But some of us, even if we follow all the suggestions for better sleep - turn off technology, keep the room dark, don't use caffeine, go to bed early [...]