Emotional and Mental Wellbeing Articles

We have compiled some of the best information on Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing into one convenient location. Browse the folowing articles. If you would like information on a topic you don’t see, please email us!  We are always updating our information to better meet your needs.

Volunteer, it's good for your health!

The impact of volunteering can go far beyond just helping your community, although that is great too. Volunteerism's best-kept secret is that it's good for you!   Read more

5 reasons fall is the best time for a change

It’s official…kids are back to school, the labor day weekend has passed, college football back in action, fall is here.  Here are some reasons why fall is the best time for reflection and self-discovery. Read more

Dealing With Thoughts of Suicide

Two more celebrities who seemed to have everything together chose to take their own lives. If those who have “fame and fortune” find life impossible to take, what about those who live lives that are “usual and ordinary”?  Read more

10 Ways to Become A More Positive and Happy Person

We all have moments when we feel happy and are at peace with everything that surrounds us. Happiness is definitely a state of mind. It means that if you set yourself up to notice good things, then good things will come... Read more

Follow these 5 mindset shifts to help you feel positive when life gets hard

Life is full of ups and downs.  And, even though we try to stay happy and positive, sometimes we just can’t help but feel a little down. We internalize our thoughts about something that annoys or hurts us.  Get yourself out of internalizing negative thoughts by following these 5 steps to positivity!   Read more

DEPRESSION APPS for your phone

There are many apps related to depression that can be helpful.  Read more

Autumn is the Season for Re-Adjusting Priorities

With the end of the year looming and cooler temperatures rolling in, it’s a perfect time to check, re-adjust and re-align priorities.  NOTE:  It is “normal” to feel a little out of balance this time of year.   Read more

Staying Positive:  Try One of These 7 TIPS

When you’re going through a rough patch, do you find it hard to look on the bright side?  Even when you are the sunniest person in the world, it can be difficult to stay positive when tough times present themselves.  Sometimes our problems can seem overwhelming.   Read More

10 Common Warning Signs of a Mental Health Condition

Trying to tell the difference between a bad mood and something more serious is not easy. Is it too much stress or a chemical imbalance? There’s no pencil and paper test to identify mental illness. Read more.

Beyond the Blues: 10 things to do every day to beat depression

Overcoming depression is possible by making positive choices for yourself each day.   Read more.

Can Grief Morph into Depression?

There is a fine line between grief and depression. Although they are quite different, they look surprisingly alike. With both grief and depression, people cry. They feel depressed. They have trouble sleeping. They may not have an appetite. Read more.

Caring for Yourself After a Traumatic Event

Research has shown that the way in which you take care of yourself the first few days following a traumatic event helps minimize the development of future psychological reactions to the event. Understanding the reactions of your body and your emotions, can help you deal with, and heal, the trauma of a critical event. Read more.

Children’s Reactions After A Traumatic Event

Most children need help from their parents, family, teachers, ministers or others with understanding their reactions after experiencing a disaster or traumatic event. Generally, their reactions subside in a few hours or days after they have effectively processed them. The following is a list of behaviors that if exhibited two to three weeks or longer after a traumatic event indicates a child’s need for additional support. Read more.

Coping Suggestions After a Trauma

Great suggestions for helping yourself and/or friends and loved ones after experiencing a crisis. Read more.

Depression: Getting Over the Hurdle

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, depression strikes over 17 million people every year—that is more than AIDS, cancer and heart disease combined. Yet depression is still misunderstood and often goes untreated.  For those suffering from depression, the key to restored health and happiness lies in understanding and treating the illness. Read more.

Factors that Can Cause Grief

The death of a loved one is not the only loss that can cause grief.  Almost any significant change or turning point in your life can cause a sense of loss. Positive or negative, big or small, a meaningful loss can bring on the feelings and process of grief. Read more.

Helping Children Adjust After A Traumatic Event

Five simple tips that can help your child deal with traumatic events in their lives. Read more.

Helping Others Through Grief and Loss

Be supportive and understanding.  Encourage the person who experienced the loss to accept the grief rather than fight it. Read more.

Helping Survivors of Suicide

Family members, friends or co-workers of someone who has committed suicide may suffer alone and in silence. The isolation that surrounds them often complicates the healing of grief. Survivors feel emotional pain from the loss and may be reluctant to, or not know how to, deal with these feelings. You want to help, but you may not be sure how to go about it. Read more.

How to Talk to Kids After a Critical Incident 

Adults play a significant role in assisting children to cope with critical incident. The most important thing adults can do is help children understand and accept their feelings throughout the entire experience. The following information is intended to assist you in this effort. Read more.

Let’s Take a Closer Look at Digital Abuse

Digital Abuse is the use of technologies such as texting and social networking to bully, harass, stalk or intimidate a partner. Often this behavior is a form of verbal or emotional abuse perpetrated online. Read more.

Making the Most of New Year’s Resolutions

“I’m going to lose 20 pounds this winter.” “I’m going to stop smoking!”

Many people go through the annual tradition this time of year making “New Year’s resolutions.” It is a strange thing to think about the things you don’t like about yourself or your situation, and then set forth to try to change them. Read more.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

If your mood tumbles with the falling autumn leaves, you may suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD also known as the winter blues is characterized by episodes of depression in fall and winter which dissipate in the warmer, brighter spring and summer months. Read more.

Supporting a Grieving Child

As parents or caregivers, you want to do everything you can to support your grieving child. Here are some suggestions for you and your family to help a child following the loss of a loved one. Read more.

The Five Stages of Grief

The Kubler-Ross model, authored by Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, describes a process by which people deal with grief. The process is known as the Five Stages of Grief.  The stages can be applied to the experience of any significant loss including death, divorce, addiction, infertility, job loss, etc. It is important to understand the five stages are a process and not a rigid series of steps. People do not always experience all five stages in sequence. Read more.

Suggested Tips for Recovering From A Critical Incident 

People who have experienced a critical incident event often demonstrate changes in behavior. These suggestions reduce the probability of long-term stress reactions. Read more.

Warning Signs of Suicide

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention recommends taking any comment or behavior seriously that could indicate someone is thinking about suicide. Over 300,000 people die by suicide each year. Read more.

What Do We Need During Grief?

Nine things you can do to help with the grief process. Learn what to expect and how to take care of yourself during this challenging time. Read more.

Working Through the Grief Process

View our list of factors that can facilitate the grief process; factors that can interfere with the grief process; and ways to help others though the grief process. Read more.

10 Ways to Fight Holiday Stress

The shopping. The crowds. Holidays are stressful! Here are 10 ways to help you fight the holiday stress this season! Read more.

5 tips to staying CALM during the holiday rush

The holidays can be quite an undertaking. You have all the festivities and the loved ones that come along with it. Sound a little stressful? It doesn’t have to be. With the right balance, you can navigate through the holiday season with as little stress as possible. Read more.