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Mental Health Days for Oregon Students

Posted by Brian Spence on Sep 3, 2019 8:00:00 AM

In an effort to change the stigma of mental and emotional health issues, Oregon has become one of the first states to allow students legitimate time off for a "Mental Health Day". Signed in July, 2019, the bill makes mental health and behavioral health excusable absences from school. Utah also passed a similar bill in 2018.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Making Mental Health a Priority During Pregnancy

Posted by Brian Spence on Aug 5, 2019 8:00:00 AM

There is no doubt that pregnancy is an exciting time, filled with milestones and exciting decisions. It does, however, come with significant responsibility for the mother. Not only do you need to take care of yourself, but you are now responsible for the health of another human being. In addition to your physical health, it is important for you to focus on your mental health as well.

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Topics: Mental Health, Healthcare

Monitoring Your Child's Mental Health

Posted by Brian Spence on Jul 1, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Mental health is an essential part of children's overall health. It has an interactive relationship with their physical health and even their ability to succeed in school, at work, and in society. Like physical health, mental health affects how we think, act, and feel on the inside and out.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Helping Hands of Trauma-Informed Care

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 24, 2019 8:00:00 AM

No one likes to think that anyone would ever commit sexual abuse against another person, but this type of situation is more common than not. Believe it or not, according to Dr. Karestan Koenen, a psychiatric epidemiology professor at Harvard Chan School, "most PTSD in the U.S. population—close to 50%—is due to sexual or physical violence. That includes rape and sexual assault, but also partner violence, mugging, and childhood physical and sexual abuse. Around 30% of PTSD is due to sexual violence alone."

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Topics: Mental Health

Bad Mood Meals at Burger King

Posted by Brian Spence on Jun 17, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Burger King is using a controversial approach to promote their brand and compete for the fast food consumer. "Have It Your Way" was the BK slogan for years, and was launched to fly in the face of its major competitor, McDonalds. The rival franchise refused to alter orders to suit people who didn't like onions or wanted extra pickles, and Burger King was only too happy to make them look bad by being accommodating to the customer.

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Topics: Mental Health

Behavioral Health Offers Digital Choices

Posted by Brian Spence on May 27, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Mental and behavioral health is big business. From mild anxiety to life-threatening addiction, Americans spend over two billion dollars a year on treating mental health issues. With the digital revolution, it was only a matter of time before AI applications became competitors in that therapy market. Now these platforms are offering counseling with different treatment options and degrees of engagement. 

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Mental Health

Mental Health Obstacles When Working from Home

Posted by Brian Spence on May 20, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Advancements in technology have drastically changed the workplace and how it functions, including operations, communication and productivity. Technology has also made it possible to work remotely from home for many people. Teleconferencing, webinars, and video conferencing has made it possible for people to work effectively and efficiently while still being in the convenience of their home.

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Topics: Career Advice, Mental Health

Mental Health and the Anxiety Economy

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 8, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Freeze! What are you doing this very minute? If you're playing with your hair, chewing on a fingernail, or balancing a pet on your lap, you're using coping mechanisms to relieve stress and calm your nerves. And there's a whole industry out there trying to sell you more stuff to make you feel better.

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Topics: Self-Improvement, Mental Health

Mental Health Connection to Terrorism

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 25, 2019 8:00:00 AM

A terrorist is a person who is willing to commit mass mayhem and even murder in pursuit of a political cause, even at the cost of his own life. Is the mentality that drives someone to commit acts of terrorism, sometimes through being a suicide bomber, solely out of political zeal or is there a mental health aspect? According to a recent article in Forbes, many terrorists already have mental health issues, with a history of violence, before deciding to commit violent acts because of politics.

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Topics: Mental Health

Wise Food Choices Lead to Better Mental Health

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 18, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Eating a well-balanced diet is indisputably better for your physical health than a regimen of Twinkies and soda pop. But researchers now believe that adding fruit and vegetables to your daily food intake can improve your mental health as well. The secret? Fruits and vegetables! Your body responds to the things you put into it, and the better the fuel, the better the performance of body and your brain.

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Topics: Mental Health

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