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Violence Against Women

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women  From the dawn of civilization to date, women have existed in patriarchal societies, often oppressed and ill-treated in institutions created by men, to favor men. In the United States of Today, it is an utterly tragic, appalling, and heartbreaking reality that women continue to suffer increased rates of violence and harassment in nearly every area of life.  Age-old gender roles, predatory use of power dynamics, and scant accountability threaten the well-being, dignity, and rights of women. Such targeted violence is a completely preventable cause of morbidity and mortality in women, and is a social, economic, legal, educational, human rights, and health (physical and mental) issue. Violence Against Women by the Numbers Reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that, at some point in their lifetime,...


Avoiding Conflict and Maintaining Limits with Family Members

The holidays are upon us. What this means may be varied for different people, whether we’re readying ourselves for the rush of shopping and preparations for parties and feasts, or gearing up for the first holiday without the presence of a loved one. You may find yourself overwhelmed by the number of social commitments, family obligations, and financial pressures, and torn from your normal routine and structure. The holiday season at its best is about giving and doing for others, about finding rest in the community of others, friends and family alike. However, for many, it can be a vulnerable time to make unhelpful choices, and slink back into old relationship patterns that you’ve worked hard to untangle yourself from. You may be tempted to become more passive, not wanting to voice your wants or needs due...


Why Did I Do That?

Why Did I Do That? All throughout life, you may find yourself in situations wondering how did I even get into this mess? What’s going on with me, or why did I do that? It seems as though civilization itself has long been on a quest to answer that very same question. The answer we eventually settle on, how we end up explaining ourselves to ourselves, will define the very root of our belief system. In cognitive behavior therapy , we learn that our thoughts influence our feelings which in turn influences our behaviors. We also learn that behaving in new ways, or learning to regulate our emotions can have an equally great effect, as change can be initiated through modifications to any one point of the triad. In learning to piece...

Those Who Attempt Suicide & the Clinicians Who Work With Them

The arrival of National Suicide Prevention Month (September) stirs up a plethora of emotions for those in the community, both from survivors of suicide attempts, their families, loved ones, mental health treatment providers, and others . In addition to the devastating loss experienced by the families and loved ones of those who die by suicide, those affected are often left grief-stricken, with a greater risk of mental illness and suicide themselves. In an effort to increase awareness and make good on the memory of those fallen, throughout the month you will likely be reminded of the country’s current battle to help those struggling with suicidal behaviors make different choices. You may be reminded that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S....

The NAMI National Convention

On June 21st, 2019 NAMI held their National Convention in Seattle. The convention provided the community an opportunity for education, connection, and access to resources. This annual event supports individuals living with mental illness and their loved ones. What is NAMI? NAMI stands for the National Alliance on Mental Illness and is our nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. NAMI also has more than 500 affiliates that work in local communities to help provide support and education on mental illness. Their goal is to educate, advocate, listen, and lead in fighting stigma and encourage understanding of the importance of mental health. What does NAMI do for you? NAMI has a plethora of knowledge and tools to help anyone and everyone who is affected by mental illness. Their website features pages such as, “Know the Warning Signs”, which gives...

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

By Emily Fitch, RD and Allison Thompson, RD   It’s National Eating Disorder Awareness week. We’ve been struggling with what to write – there are already blog posts with Eating Disorder (ED) facts, statistics, mottos for recovery, and much more out there. We know that children are 242 times more likely to develop an eating disorder than type 2 diabetes, for example – yet we hear so much more about the importance of a ‘healthy weight’, and not so much about how to promote balanced and nourishing messaging about health and weight. We know that recovery isn’t just about weight restoration, eating disorders often coexist with diagnoses like anxiety and OCD, eating disorders aren’t just about food, and recovery isn’t a straight line. Eating disorders are complicated medical and...

Incorporate Mindfulness into your Daily Routine Using 5 Easy Steps

The practice of mindfulness originated thousands of years ago and means paying full attention to one’s surroundings at the present moment. Although it’s not a clinical technique, it is an active component of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and carries a variety of benefits to our everyday self-control and general happiness. By definition, mindfulness is “a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.” Being mindful is not a superpower - everyone can learn to do it. Chances are, you have already experienced it at certain times in your life, such as when doing routine work or feeling present when spending time with someone you love. With...


Challenging the “New Year, New You” Message

By Dr. Mehri Moore, M.D. Around this time of year, it’s nearly impossible to escape messaging relating to revitalization or renewal. Gyms are offering discounted memberships, talk show hosts are discussing how to craft the perfect set of New Year’s resolutions, and media outlets of every stripe are running “Best of 20__” or “Year in Review” segments — and telling you what to look forward to in the coming year — on a nightly basis. It’s hardly a mystery why people get swept up in this “new year, new you” thinking, but it’s worth pausing for a moment to consider whether this approach to a fresh calendrical cycle is the right one. Celebrations of Renewal across Cultures This way of thinking is neither new nor, in a broad...

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