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Summer Reading and Mental Health

When I was younger, summer reading usually meant reading books from the school-issued list, then writing the mandatory book report or project. As the years passed though, reading became an activity that I did on my own. Summer provided the free time to read whenever. Nowadays, the “real world” doesn’t have a summer break, but […] Read More

Fitness and Fitness Trackers

Fitness trackers are all the rage right now, but are they healthy? With a quick survey of my office of twelve people right now, I can see five of those ever-present fitness trackers, and I know that at least three of the seven remaining have fitness tracking apps on their phones. Everybody has their different […] Read More

The Opioid Crisis

It is difficult to turn on the television or radio, or pick up a newspaper and not notice some mention of the opioid crisis in the United States. The volume on this hot button issue is also likely to increase the closer we get to the 2020 presidential election. Before we delve into the very […] Read More

e-Buddies For The IDD Community

The Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) Community is a socially underserved, often overlooked community of people well-deserving of human-connection.   Persons with autism, Down syndrome, fragile X, fetal alcohol syndrome, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and other disabling conditions comprise the IDD Community.  They desire and deserve friendship, companionship, and camaraderie just as much as anyone. From youth […] Read More

Summer Camps for Mental Health

Summer camp can be and typically is beneficial to children in ways big and small. The benefits are both obvious (learning new skills, independence in a controlled and supervised environment) and more subtle (developing social skills and community building). Campers at mental health programs will certainly enjoy these benefits, too. But being in a program […] Read More

Mental Health Podcasts

Podcasts have become increasingly popular and diverse in the last few years, so it makes sense that there is now a variety on offer about mental health. If you’re already listening to podcasts regularly, try searching both broad and specific terms to find the one that’s right for you. You’ll be able to find almost […] Read More

The Power of Silence

We live in a world filled with noise. If you start from the beginning of your day, think of the number of things you hear from the time you wake up until the time you go to sleep. Alarm clock, dog barking, television/radio, stranger’s cell phone conversations, work telephones ringing, automobile traffic, honking horns, subway […] Read More

How to Practice Positive Thinking

With enough practice, positive thinking can become a habit. The first step is to recognize negative habits, such as negative automatic thoughts. These thoughts may be the first thoughts that come to you when something negative has happened. The most important step to take is to fight these negative automatic habits by reframing them into […] Read More

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