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Maintaining Your Mental Health During Social Isolation

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 20, 2020 8:00:00 AM

The social isolation that comes with quarantines and social distancing can take a heavy toll on the mind. Here are practical ways to maintain your mental health during social isolation.

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Topics: Mental Health

Law Students Aren't Seeking the Mental Health They Need

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 16, 2020 8:00:00 AM

In February 2020, Madeline Holcombe of CNN reported that New York state is considering removing mental health questions from the NY bar character and fitness evaluation. As it currently stands in NY, prospective lawyers must discuss their academic history, citations including speeding tickets, as well as their mental health and diagnosed conditions.

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Topics: Mental Health

Warmlines vs. Hotlines - Receiving Help Before a Crisis

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 20, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Many people are aware of the function of mental health hotlines, which often come into play when a person is in crisis and feels the need for immediate help from someone who can listen with a compassionate ear. In many communities however, a newer trend is the implementation of community "warmlines". This type of mental health outreach can help in situations where a person may not necessarily be experiencing a (suicidal) crisis, but still feel a need to talk to someone in a private and confidential manner.

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Topics: Mental Health

San Diego Offers Free Mental Health Program for First Responders

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 13, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Police officers, paramedics and firefighters are the first people to arrive at traumatic scenes. Their in-depth training programs and professionalism allow the rest of us to step back, take a breath, and set the problem into someone else's hands. We are always relieved when they arrive, like superheroes ready to save the day.

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Topics: Mental Health, Healthcare

Scarcity Mentality - Life is Not All-or-Nothing

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 9, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Scarcity mentality refers to people seeing life as one finite pie, so that if one person takes a big piece, that leaves less for everyone else. This is a common thing in our homes, workplaces, and our general environment. Unfortunately, this is not a justified feeling, but it happens to everyone at a certain point in their life. One doubts their intrinsic abilities to do what they were born for, some shy away from taking leadership roles at the workplace and if not checked, the chains of 'not enough' could hold one back for a lifetime.

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Topics: Self-Improvement, Mental Health

Behavioral Health Experts Explain the Causes of Mass Violence

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 2, 2019 8:00:00 AM

The Medical Director of the National Council for Behavioral Health, Joe Parks, has made an announcement: Mental illness plays a significant role in causing public acts of violence. In an expert panel, he has declared that "mental illness is not a major cause of mass violence". Rather, it is the cumulative effect of anger and hate combined, which remains unresolved until the person finally explodes.

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Topics: Mental Health

Study Finds Many Millennials Have Few Friends

Posted by Brian Spence on Nov 25, 2019 3:43:05 PM

A recent YouGov study found loneliness is a common problem for Millennials. YouGov reports 22 percent of Millennials say they have no friends. One in four Millennials says they have no acquaintances. Thirty percent of Millennials say they don't have a best friend. The study also found thirty percent of Millennials feel lonely always or often.

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Topics: Mental Health

How to Recognize Depression vs. Normal Sadness

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

We all go through periods of feeling sad or down. Experiencing these emotions, especially after a difficult event, is a normal part of being human. But sometimes we're not able to snap out of it. Lingering feelings of excessive sadness that interfere with your daily life could be depression.

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Topics: Mental Health

On National Stress Awareness Day - Make Your Health a Priority

Posted by Brian Spence on Nov 6, 2019 8:00:00 AM

It's one of the most common issues that people around the world face. It can lead to health problems, anxiety issues, or just cause mental exhaustion. Stress has the ability to produce great physical and emotional tension. It can result from anything from a long day, a busy career, daily frustrations, or even anger.

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Topics: Self-Improvement, Mental Health

Mental Illness Awareness Week

Posted by Brian Spence on Oct 28, 2019 8:00:00 AM

At the beginning of this month, we celebrated this year's Mental Illness Awareness Week. Mental illnesses affect millions of people every year. However, there are still many stigmas associated with this affliction. Some people believe still believe that mental illness is a sign of weakness.

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Topics: Mental Health

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