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Suicide Awareness in the LGBTQ Community

  Did You Know? Suicide attempts among LGBTQ youth are 20-40% higher than non-LGBTQ youth. Suicide attempts are four times greater for LGB youth and two times greater for questioning youth than that of heterosexual youth. Each time LGBT victimization occurs it increases the likelihood of self-harming behaviors by 2.5 times on average. Almost half…

Back-to-School Anxiety: Helping Teens and Tweens Cope

Back-to-school can be a time of great joy for parents, but not so much for some teens and tweens. Ever think back to your first day of school? Were you nervous? Excited? Anxious? Optimistic? Most of us can recall a wide range of emotions during the annual trek back to school, especially in the middle…

Life’s Transitions

Transition is defined as a passage or movement from one state, condition, or place to another, and is considered both a process and an outcome of complex person environment interactions. Transitions are a natural part of our lives, whether planned or unexpected. When multiple transitions occur simultaneously they become more complex to manage, sometimes leading…

Positive Thinking Can Make a Difference at Home and in the Workplace

So, you just finished what you thought was a great project at work, and now your boss is listing all the things you need to improve upon. Don’t get discouraged; constructive criticism is a key part of any job. Use the following information  to apply to other aspects of your life as well. All change…

Domestic Violence And Abusive Behavior in a Relationship

Even though domestic violence awareness month has ended, you can still help to end domestic violence and make a difference. Education is the key! Knowing the definition of domestic violence,  the symptoms, whose usually involved, and what you can do to help is a good start to how we can put a dent in this type of…

Patience – A Virtue or Gift?

We have been taught from an early age that patience is a virtue, but do people really see that as a true statement? It appears that people are often so impatient—at work with co-workers, with family, and often in the community. Some of our most personally responsible reasons for impatience are lack of control understanding,…

What You Should Know About Living with PTSD

Are you aware of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? Is it affecting someone in your family who you are close to and you’re not sure how to handle the situation? PTSD is ongoing, so it’s good to be informed, recognize the symptoms and other problems that may arise, and the recommended treatments. The information below…

Let Go of the Hurt and Forgive Them

Have you ever been hurt or felt very angry toward someone close to you? Perhaps they said something that was devastating to you or did something that triggered frustration or anger in you. This person is a big part of your life and they mean a lot to you but you can’t seem to move past…

May is Mental Health Month – Spread the Word!

Research shows that 1 in 4 adult Americans live with a diagnosable mental health condition. Up to 50% of those people living with a mental health condition never seek or receive help due to stigma, lack of information and/or cost or lack of health insurance coverage. Many people may be reluctant to ask for help…