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  • Celebrating Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Day and Combatting Mental Health Stigma

    Jan 15, 2021
    When we think of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the name resonates with the fight for freedom from segregation and civil rights justice for people of all racial backgrounds and classes. Often overlooked and rarely the focus of media attention was his quiet fight against mental illness.
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  • What is Blue Monday and How to Cope

    Jan 12, 2021
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  • Navigating Seasonal Affective Disorder During a Pandemic

    Jan 6, 2021
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  • Removing Barriers to Change

    Nov 30, 2020
    Changing behavior can be a good thing, but it's important to remember that change doesn't just happen overnight. There are frequently barriers that make changing behavior difficult.
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  • Celebrating the Holidays Without The Guilt

    Nov 23, 2020
    While our memories and experiences of holidays past are not something we can change, we can try to ensure that the current holidays don't add to any emotional burden we may already have. That may sound complicated, but actually all it means is having a little more awareness of the emotions we face at this time of the year, and of taking a little more control of our lives and actions so that we don't end up feeling bad about this year's holiday season.
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  • Face It — Holidays Are Rarely Perfect

    Nov 16, 2020
    The perfect holiday world of ads and TV aren't the only reason some of us suffer the holiday blues. This is often a time of the year when we forget about eating and living healthfully. We overeat when tempted by holiday treats. We may drink more alcohol than usual. We probably are blaming the weather and our busy holiday schedule for not bothering to exercise.
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  • Overcoming Fear and Anxiety

    Nov 9, 2020
    When faced with anxiety and worry, our body reacts by pumping out a variety of chemicals, such as adrenaline, that cause various physiological reactions. These chemicals fueled our ancestors' "fight or flee" reaction when that bear attacked. Although we seldom face angry bears today, yet our bodies still react the same way. Sustained, chronic worry can raise our risk of heart attack and stroke, increase blood pressure, lead to high cholesterol levels, and give us stomach aches, headaches and even back pain.
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  • ICYMI: How to Handle Stress in Your Life

    Jul 20, 2020
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  • Advocacy Efforts Needed to Reduce Behavioral Health Disparities Magnified During COVID-19

    Jul 6, 2020
    Written by Rebecca Toporek, PhD & Ulash Thakore-Dunlap, LMFT
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  • Learning To Relax Is A Great Idea

    Jun 29, 2020
    Relaxing is just a natural skill that we all have mastered, right? Unfortunately, especially in troubled times such as these, really relaxing can be difficult to make happen. Yet relaxing and giving your brain a rest from all the tension and worry that it is dealing with lately is an important and needed accomplishment. Here are some tips on how to focus on getting a little relaxation into your life.
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