The Importance of Social Connection

Socialization is particularly important for the emotional well-being of people with serious mental illness (SMI). This is true for several reasons. When people maintain their connections with others, they are more likely to be tuned in to the world around them, given that social expectations require attention, commitment and concentration. For people with SMI, social … Continue reading The Importance of Social Connection

Suicide Risks, Signs and Prevention Tips

No one wants to talk about suicide, yet it is the second leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 34. Despite society’s progress in talking more about mental illness, suicide still remains highly stigmatized. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an estimated 1.4 million adults attempt suicide each … Continue reading Suicide Risks, Signs and Prevention Tips

Anxiety and Depression Symptoms

Anxiety and depression are serious mental health conditions that affect the lives of millions of Americans. While they are uniquely different conditions, they can occur together.  The main symptom of depression is generally a lingering low, sad, or hopeless feeling. On the other hand, anxiety mainly involves an overwhelming sense of worry, nervousness, and fear. … Continue reading Anxiety and Depression Symptoms

Children of Alcoholics

Children of alcoholic parents often share a number of characteristics in adulthood due to chronic stress and the endured unpredictable environment. A parent’s alcohol dependency can have a gradual or cumulative impact on a child’s development. While each family’s situation is unique, experts agree that there are certain patterns and beliefs common among individuals who … Continue reading Children of Alcoholics

Trauma and Repurposing Defenses

“Repurposing is the process by which an object with one use value is transformed or redeployed as an object with an alternative use value” - Wikipedia​My history with therapy began some 25 years ago when I was first diagnosed with major depressive disorder. Through those previous decades of therapy, I blindly went through the process. … Continue reading Trauma and Repurposing Defenses

FMLA: Essential Mental Health Friendly Workplace

Mental health is a vital component of overall well-being and can impact our relationships, our work and even our physical health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. will experience a mental illness in a given year, and 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. lives with … Continue reading FMLA: Essential Mental Health Friendly Workplace

Why It’s Important to Ask for Help

Written by Robin L. Flanigan, Senior writer, bphope newsletters​It can be hard to admit that we need help. And we’re often reluctant to ask for it because we fear uncertainty and the possibility of being judged for our vulnerability. Researcher Brené Brown, Ph.D., says we tend to feel better about ourselves when we help someone else but think … Continue reading Why It’s Important to Ask for Help

Insecurity Types and Solutions

Insecurity is a common feeling that most of us will experience due to a lack of confidence, anxiety, or uncertainty. According to The American Psychological Association, insecurity can impact both mental and physical health. So where does insecurity come from? Think back to your own life. When was the first time you felt insecure or … Continue reading Insecurity Types and Solutions