Opioids And Substance Abuse: What Can We Do?

By Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Jun. 25, 2018   Opioids and other substances that alter how we feel, think and act have overtaken our culture, and have been declared a public health epidemic. We are losing our loved ones, friends, co-workers and neighbors to these substances. But we have yet to implement...

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Getting Involved With Minority Mental Health

Mental health conditions do not discriminate based on race, color, gender or identity. Anyone can experience the challenges of mental illness regardless of their background. However, culture, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation can make access to mental health treatment much more difficult. America’s entire mental health system needs improvement, including when it...

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Why Suicide Reporting Guidelines Matter

By Laura Greenstein | Jun. 15, 2018 Many people have a difficult time understanding why the words we use are so important, especially on a topic like suicide. How can certain images or words influence a person’s willingness to take their own life? How can one suicide lead to another? How can conversations,...

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Understanding Self-Harm

By Laura Greenstein | Feb. 28, 2018   Self-harm is difficult to understand because it goes against the natural human instinct of self-preservation. Maybe that’s why some people react to it in a negative, judgmental way. They can’t imagine ever being in a state of mind where they would hurt themselves, so they...

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Reshaping My Relationship With Myself

By Colleen Werner | Feb. 26, 2018   For over a decade, I’ve struggled with food and body image. At 8, I started worrying about how my body looked. At 10, I discovered Weight Watchers and my seemingly endless cycle of dieting started. Then, at 15, my eating disorder started. As a dancer,...

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What To Do If Your Workplace Is Anxiety-Inducing

By Laura Greenstein | Feb. 22, 2018   There are so many aspects a job that can cause anxiety: having tight deadlines, trying to harmonize a work/life balance, dealing with office gossip and politics, meeting your supervisor’s expectations… the list goes on. Thanks to all this, most people who work will experience some...

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Writing Tips That Can Reduce Symptoms

By Steven Swink, M.A. | Feb. 16, 2018   In 1985, psychologist James W. Pennebaker theorized that the effort it takes to hold back our thoughts and feelings serves as a stressor on our bodies. By confronting these thoughts and acknowledging our emotions, we can reduce the stress and negative impact on our...

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My Great Wake-Up Call

By Jordan Lally | Feb. 12, 2018 Five years ago, my father fell into a deep bout of depression. Twelve months later his depression culminated in suicide. I’m careful not to say he “committed” suicide, because it was clear to me, having spent his final year on this earth close by his side, that...

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Mental Illness: A Common Bond

On the first Saturday of every month since April 2016, the basement at Providence United Methodist Church (PUMC) in Charlotte, North Carolina transforms into a drop-in center called Providence Place. If you drop in one of these mornings, you might meet a student who just came from an art class,...

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