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Posted on Jun 3, 2019 in Death, Depression, Grief, Loss, News, Therapy

Grief Following Death of a Family Pet

With the intense compassion we share with our four-legged companions, it is natural to feel the excruciating sting of separation when the dreaded day finally arrives. The agony of losing your beloved pet to death can be overwhelming, and there is little anyone can do or say that makes you feel better. However, there are some ways of providing your pent-up grief a healthy release and finally, embrace the reality of life after the death of a pet. Coping strategies to help with loss of a pet Take your time More often than not, we are unable to make others around us understand the honest truth about how actively we might be grieving the loss of a pet. The fact is that you do not have to. You understand your grief best, and no one can tell you when to ‘get over it’ or ‘move on.’ Allow yourself to shed as many tears as you feel like without feeling embarrassed. Grieve as long as you need to, and let...

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Posted on May 17, 2019 in Depression, Diet & Mental Health, Health and Fitness, Mental Health Awareness, News

Diet and Mental Health

Ample research has been conducted to find that there is an explicit connection between the diet we consume and our mental health. A well rounded and nutritious diet is not just healthy for our body, it is healthy for our brain too. Consuming a healthy diet can be a definitive step in preventing the occurrence of mental health disorders. The link between a healthy diet and depression People who partake of a diet rich in whole foods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, fish, legumes and unsaturated fats are about at a 35% lower risk of developing depression when compared to those who do not. Eating highly processed, sugary and fried food, on the other hand can increase your risk of developing depression by 60%. Diet and mental health in children If the mother of a child eats food content which is high in sugar, fried or highly processed while pregnant, the child may prone to emotional problems as they grow up. The same holds true for a...

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Posted on May 14, 2019 in Anxiety, Depression, Mental Health Awareness, News, Sleep Issues

Sleep and Mental Health

Sleep is of utmost importance to our health and well-being. It rests both our body and mind; getting enough sleep helps us strengthen our memory and process information better. Lack of sleep can be extremely detrimental for our mental health. It can lead to anxiety and depression. Sleep and mental health share a closely bound relationship. Those suffering from a mental health issue are often subject to sleep disturbance, causing exhaustion and lethargy during the day. Insomnia and difficulties in maintaining a regular sleeping pattern were once seen as symptoms of mental health complaints. Now, it is widely understood that sleep deprivation can often lead to the development of mental health conditions. The causative factors behind such interrelation between sleep and mental health have not been fully understood yet. However, neurochemists and neuroimagists have found that lack of sleep can lead to negative thinking and emotional vulnerability while a good night’s sleep builds mental and emotional resilience. How does sleep deprivation affect us? Sleep deprivation affects the level of...

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Posted on May 9, 2019 in Children, Children's Mental Health Awareness, Counseling, Depression, Mental Health Awareness, Parenting, Relationships, Suicide

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

Thursday, May 9, 2019 is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. Over 10 years ago, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) began to highlight the importance of every child’s mental health as well as share the message that positive mental health is an essential component of health child development. The purpose of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day is to increase public awareness about the needs of children and teens with serious mental illness and severe emotional disturbance, provide information on evidence-based practices, encourage those in need of help to seek treatment and support families caring for children with mental health needs. This year, the theme for this day is “Suicide Prevention: Strategies that Work.” This article will take a look at ways to recognize if your child may be considering suicide. Suicidal ideation, or the tendency towards suicidal thinking, is difficult to identify in children. They are more reluctant to talk wanting to die than adults. Not even the child’s parents are privy to these...

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Posted on May 8, 2019 in Mental Health Awareness, News, Psychological Testing, Therapy, Virtual Therapy

Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health issues are very common; 1 in 5 people will experience some kind of mental illness in their lifetime. It is estimated that only 50% of people with mental illnesses receive treatment. Some of these conditions include anxiety, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Mental Health Awareness Month was started 70 years ago to raise awareness about mental health conditions. Mental health is essential to overall health and well-being; mental illnesses are common and treatable. Mental Illness Myths Myth: Mental illnesses are a sign of weakness Fact: Mental illnesses do are not a reflection of strength or weakness. Mental illnesses are medical disorders that need treatment. Several factors, such as genetics, brain chemistry, life experiences, trauma and family history can play a role in mental health. Myth: A mental illness is a life sentence Fact: Mental health changes over your lifetime. Many factors can change how a person feels. With treatment, some problems may be temporary. A good therapist or counselor can help you navigate the road to...

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