Suicide is a tragedy that affects many people, from those at risk to the people in their lives. Just as everyone in the life of someone at risk of suicide is affected by it, each person can also play a role in helping to prevent it. Suicide is not inevitable. It is often the culmination of a longer process that displays warning signs to the people around. It can also be a sudden act, so working to mitigate risk factors can help.
Knowing Risk Factors Can Help Increase Suicide Awareness
It can be hard for us to even consider suicide as a possibility for someone we love. However, knowing the risk factors can help... Continue reading →
Promoting mental wellness among young people is a critical issue and top priority for parents, teachers, and others involved in their lives. Identifying areas associated with mental wellness that each individual can strengthen is key to maintaining strong lifelong mental health. This is especially important for teens and adolescents or any individuals who tend to have more difficulty coping with life’s challenges.
Teen Mental Health
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Millions struggle from the difficulties of living with mental health issues. For those who suffer from depression, PTSD, or anxiety, it can be challenging to find mental health treatment solutions that help. Animal-assisted or pet therapy is becoming a widely used treatment solution for those who suffer from mental health issues.
The benefits of pet therapy vary from person to person and should only be considered with the help of a licensed medical professional. If you think pet therapy could be useful to you or someone you know, consider the following.
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Living a life with mental health issues isn’t easy, and anyone who suffers from a mental health issue can attest to that. However, if you suffer from a condition that relates to your mental health and is looking for a change, there are choices you can make today that can help improve your overall well-being.
Whether it’s diet or implementing other lifestyle choices, healthy choices can be made from home. Food for mental health is a widely discussed topic because it may help with those issues. Here are three of the best foods for mental health wellness.
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Most of us tend to pack our schedules pretty full around the holidays. From family gatherings to parties with friends, we indulge ourselves in more flexible routines and eating habits. Unfortunately, these festivities can create relapse triggers for adults and adolescents who are recovering from substance abuse.
The holidays are meant to be light and joyful, but what seems like fun to some guests could be relapse triggers for others.
- Family Gatherings – For those who have lost loved ones, the holidays can bring feelings of loneliness, one of the most common substance... Continue reading →
The holiday season is a time for celebration, at least for some people. Often, the inability to find joy during the holiday season lurks inside some. This mental barrier is also known as the holiday blues. Holiday blues can affect older people, parents whose children live far away, or a single individual who can’t make it home to see their family.
Beating the holiday blues is tough, but not unrealistic. At Desert Parkway Behavioral Healthcare Hospital, we take mental health seriously. As negative thoughts seep into our minds, it’s important to give thanks for the beauty around us and the... Continue reading →
The holidays are one of the busiest times of the year. There are often many events to plan, coupled with the pressure to make sure these events go well. The holidays are also marketed as one of the happiest times of the year.
All of this can result in feeling overwhelmed, anxious and depressed, and can even rekindle feelings of loss and loneliness for those who have lost loved ones. People afflicted with these feelings during the holidays need to take extra care to tend to their mental health.
Here are three tips to help you maintain your mental health this holiday season:
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One of the most common issues that many seniors deal with day to day is loneliness or feelings of isolation. This is often seen in elderly individuals who have recently lost their spouse or those who live at home alone. But senior loneliness can also be a reoccurring issue for those who live with their children or other family members.
It’s normal to feel lonely every now and then especially if you live alone or don’t have the chance to socialize with others often. But ongoing feelings of elderly loneliness and depression in seniors can sometimes be a sign of an underlying mental illness or disorder.
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Many people associate addiction as a problem primarily found in younger people. With drug and alcohol PSAs all over schools and youth television programs, it would appear that the main victims of addiction are children and teens. However, this is not the case. Addiction can affect anyone, even people we would least expect, including the elderly.
In reality, senior citizens are just as likely to develop an addiction as easily as anyone else. In recent years, studies have found that Baby Boomers are turning to drugs and alcohol more... Continue reading →
Although suicide in elementary school children is rare, it's still a far too common cause of death among children ages 5 to 12.
Unfortunately, the numbers don't get any better once children reach their pre-teen and teen years.
Many factors contribute to suicidal thoughts in children and teens but bullying and suicide appear to show a very common link.
Bullying and Suicide Statistics
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