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Mental Health Awareness Month

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month which looks to raise awareness about mental health issues and related concerns in the United States. In recent years the attitude towards mental health has been changing. Negative attitudes and stigma associated with mental health have decreased and there has been growing acceptance towards mental health concerns and [...]

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National Teen Dating Violence Prevention Month

In 2011 the National Center for Injury and Prevention and Control found that 1 in 5 women and nearly 1 in 7 men who had experienced rape, physical violence and or stalking by an intimate partner first experienced some form of intimate partner violence between the ages of 11 and 17 years of age. Unfortunately, [...]

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National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is Suicide Prevention Month. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 3,000 people commit suicide each day (1). In a 2013 study, the CDC found that 41,149 suicides were reported, making suicide the 10th leading cause of deaths for Americans. They also found that in the same year someone committed suicide in the U. S. every [...]

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Self Care During Winter

It is unfortunately that time of year again when it is cold outside and that stuff called snow falls.  For those that love this time of year, make sure you are safe about it.  But for those of us that don’t enjoy this time of year, make sure you take an extra few minutes to [...]

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Behavioral Health: Depression and Suicide

Most of us are aware of the loss of the legend actor Robin Williams and the circumstances surrounding his death.  I’d like to take this opportunity to express the importance of any type of warning signs family, friends and loved ones may exhibit when it comes to suicide, depression or change in behaviors.  Our society [...]

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Back To School: Behavioral Health

Post by Bhumi Bhavsar, Behavioral Health Therapist The kids are finally back in school!  Have you noticed that your child/children seem to be more anxious or isolated or irritable since it is back to school time?  If so, take a few minutes to ask them why they feel this way.  Sometimes it is hard for [...]

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Get Movin’ for Mental Health!

Post by Laura Jay-Ballinger Would you like to reduce stress?  Would you like to sleep better at night and feel more energized during the day?  Wouldn’t it be nice to feel less tired and more mentally alert?  There is a remarkably simple solution to make these things happen: exercise! Physical activity is a great way to [...]

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Blue Monday

Wintertime can be difficult for many people.  Especially in Indiana, it is a season of cold, dreary, short days.  When immediately moving to Florida isn’t an option, what can we do to shake the winter blues? First, it’s important to recognize what you’re experiencing.  As always, self-awareness is key.  Being self-aware means being intentional about [...]

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Got the winter blues?

So it is that time of year again during the holidays, baking, family, friends, laughter, goodies, gifts, shopping, looking for the best deals, etc.  Everyone around you is happy and joyful, but you notice that you are not, and begin to wonder why.  And then you think about it some more and you realize that [...]

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Dealing with Dementia: National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

Post by Bhumi Bhavsar Did you know that 5.3 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s? In honor of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, HealthNet Behavioral Health Provider, Bhumi Bhavsar, discusses the importance of caregivers as well as dealing with a family member suffering from dementia. What is Alzheimer’s?  Dementia has a group of symptoms:  most prominent [...]

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