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MENTAL HEALTH & Its Economic, Societal, and Individual Costs – Part 1

Good mental health refers to a state wherein we are able to fulfill our potential. It exists when we are able to make contributions to our community and our workplace.

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By |May 19th, 2017|Mental Health|Comments Off on MENTAL HEALTH & Its Economic, Societal, and Individual Costs – Part 1

Loneliness…The New Epidemic – How It Affects You

In 2017 the United States’ Surgeon General stated that in the 1980s, 20% of U.S. adults reported feeling lonely, a statistic that has soared to 40% today and is creating chronic stress and isolation.
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By |May 3rd, 2017|Healthy Relationship, Mental Health|Comments Off on Loneliness…The New Epidemic – How It Affects You

People Avoiding Mental Health Support-A Paradox

In 2004, the World Health Organization (WHO) reviewed the rates of psychiatric treatment usage as reported in 37 studies. The findings were quite alarming: Between 30% – 80% percent of people with mental health struggles never receive treatment.

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By |April 13th, 2017|Mental Health, Overcome|Comments Off on People Avoiding Mental Health Support-A Paradox

Did You Forget How To Play And Laugh?

It can support your efforts in overcoming a mental health struggle or ward one off
 

In 2007, I was approached by a middle-aged woman, who was a registered laughter therapist. She was part of the laughter movement, being led by Dr. Katari in India during the 1990’s. At first, I didn’t take her seriously. Yet, there was something inside me that felt drawn to her and what she had to offer. It seemed that, unbeknownst to me, there was a personal need for this in my life. […]

By |April 4th, 2017|Engagement, Overcome, Play And Laugh|Comments Off on Did You Forget How To Play And Laugh?

Validation Can Heal a Mental Health Struggle

However, it’s not something a highly practice in the western society
 

Your mental health is not something you can get away with neglecting. The internal processes of the thought and emotion can be beautiful parts of our lives. At the very least, we want to be aware of them. The reality is that we should be developing them all throughout our lives. […]

By |March 22nd, 2017|Mental Health, Overcome|Comments Off on Validation Can Heal a Mental Health Struggle

What Congo Pygmies Can Teach Us About Mental Health

Friends and loved ones of those who suffer from a mental health struggle usually have a strong desire to help, but often don’t know how. Teaching validation skills is necessary because it’s not something that many folk understand
 

I have always been attracted to indigenous tribes. I have been especially curious about whether their societies have anything that can help us understand how to prevent and overcome the growing mental health struggles experienced by 1 in 5 people. […]

By |March 7th, 2017|blog|Comments Off on What Congo Pygmies Can Teach Us About Mental Health

How Much Support Does It Take? Overcome A Mental Health Struggle

The growing body of evidence within the Health Science community indicates that the brain has more “plasticity” than once thought and that brain cells can regenerate throughout our lives. Therefore, the brain affected by mental health struggles can be treated or “exercised” to achieve mental well -being.
 

A 2007 Alive survey of 1000 people with mental health struggles indicated that over 84% of respondents didn’t receive sufficient support to receive the tools and skills needed to overcome a mental health struggle. Because mental health struggles result from many years filled with events like adverse childhood experiences, adult violations, relationship fractures, traumas and chronic stress, achieving a healthy psychology is only possible through a comprehensive multi-strategy approach. […]

By |February 27th, 2017|Mental Health, Overcome|Comments Off on How Much Support Does It Take? Overcome A Mental Health Struggle

Overcoming Mental Health Struggles Requires a Multi-Strategy Approach Using Advanced Behavioral Sciences

The mental health community is lagging behind the other health care sectors; it needs to catch up and embrace the new advanced treatments that are bringing hope to those who suffer
 

Everything around us is changing at an accelerated pace. Cell phones have become nearly as powerful as many computers. Connecting us to the internet they have transformed how we educate ourselves, communicate with others, and accomplish our work. […]

By |February 14th, 2017|Advanced Behavioral Sciences, Mental Health, Overcome|Comments Off on Overcoming Mental Health Struggles Requires a Multi-Strategy Approach Using Advanced Behavioral Sciences

Mental Health Struggles Are Rooted In Adverse Childhood Experiences

If my parents tell me I am stupid and ugly, I believe them. But if they tell me I can fly-I will grow wings.

The major finding in the Center for Disease Control’s ACE [Adverse Childhood Experiences] study wasn’t so much enlightening, as it was confirming. Although our intuition isn’t always accurate, in this case the longitudinal study confirmed what most of us suspect that a person’s adverse childhood experiences can make him/her more susceptible to the negative consequences of stress and more prone to having mental health struggles. […]

By |January 25th, 2017|Adverse Childhood Experience, Mental Health|Comments Off on Mental Health Struggles Are Rooted In Adverse Childhood Experiences