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19Jul, 2016

Pikachu, Where are You?

By | July 19th, 2016|Categories: Anxiety, Depression, Mobile Health|Comments Off on Pikachu, Where are You?

“No, you need more candy to level up!” “I’m a Level 5.  What level are you at?” You’d have to be living under a rock not to have heard something about the interactive augmented virtual reality game - Pokémon GO -that is getting everyone off the couch and walking into poles in the local shopping center.  For those of you that are not quite as up-to-date on the gamer world, to play Pokémon GO you download the app to your mobile device and use its GPS and camera to find Pokémon characters that are shown on the screen as you walk [...]

28Jun, 2016

Supporting a loved one struggling with addiction

By | June 28th, 2016|Categories: Addiction, Substance Use|Comments Off on Supporting a loved one struggling with addiction

It seems like we all know someone who struggles with drug or alcohol consumption – a father, child, aunt, close friend. And often, when we have someone dealing with substance use and addiction in our lives, it’s our natural tendency to want to help. Addiction destroys families as much as it destroys individuals. At times, it can seem so overwhelming that it would be easier to ignore it and hope it goes away. But in the long run, denying it or minimizing it will be more damaging to you, other family members and friends, and the person you are concerned about. [...]

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 [...]