March 17, 2015
by Mary Horn, Psy.D.
American youth are growing up in a society where competition and the pressure that comes with it, begin at the very beginning of their life experiences. It is not uncommon for parents to go to classes, read books, do research, and gather as much information as they can about parenting. Well-meaning parents want the best for their children. There are programs for babies to read, infants to swim, even sports that begin in toddlerhood. Often, parents will pick homes in good school districts so they can ensure a good education for their children. [More]
May is Mental Health Awareness month! Mental Health America has identified several ways that we can improve our mental health outcomes by practicing healthy behaviors. One of those is by establishing a strong social support network. Social support can be emotional support, meaning people you talk to or turn to when you need someone to be there for you, or positive interactions you engage in with other people. [More]
In support of Mental Health Awareness month, we are exploring ways to practice positive mental health habits in conjunction with Mental Health America’s recommendations. Good self care is fundamental to positive mental health. It is important to recognize that everyone can protect and improve their mental health by practicing good physical health habits. Self care is the practice of doing for ourselves that which we often do for others - meeting our physical, emotional, spiritual, financial and other needs. [More]
In honor of mental health awareness month, Mental Health America has identified several ways to promote good mental health by practicing a healthy lifestyle. Coping effectively with problems and stress is one way to experience better health and mental health outcomes. What is Stress? Stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from multiple, conflicting or difficult circumstances. [More]