Stress is everywhere, and it affects everyone at some point. In 1992, April was established as National Stress Awareness Month to help shed light on the issues behind stress, teach how to fight stress, and create methods to overcome stress. In this 27th year of the observation of National Stress Awareness Month, try these 5 ways you can help fight stress.
Understanding Stress and Its Effects
Experiencing stress in and of itself is not harmful, but when stress is prolonged, extreme, or constant, it can lead to health issues, both physical and mental. Stress can raise your blood pressure, heart rate, and cortisol levels, leading to fatigue, digestive health issues, and... Continue reading →
In society today, it’s widely accepted that if you are suffering from a physical health condition, you should visit a medical professional who specializes in the proper treatment for said condition. For example, if you are suffering from any sort of digestive problem, you should visit a gastroenterologist.
Unfortunately, it is not widely accepted in our society that if you are suffering from mental health conditions, then you should see a medical health professional. This is a serious issue, considering that one in... Continue reading →
Exam season is a notoriously stressful time for students. Some students are able to handle the additional amount of stress that comes with this time of year. For others, the stress can feel overwhelming, and even decrease their performance.
It’s very important to learn how to manage this stress so that you can perform to the best of your ability. Here are some tips for exam stress management.
Schedule a Fun Activity During Breaks
It’s very rare that an exam schedule will leave you with absolutely no time for yourself. Even if your break is only 20 minutes long, scheduling an activity... Continue reading →
When it comes to substance use, there’s a great deal of both misinformation and disinformation out there. From fictional portrayals to media coverage to local gossip, there’s a lot of people saying a lot of things about drug and alcohol use, and it’s easy to get lost in the noise. As a result, many people are confused and don’t always have the facts about drug use, and the alcohol facts they need to make smart decisions.
The fight against substance use and addiction is real, and in that fight, both teens and adults benefit from having correct information in their arsenal. To help with that, we’d like... Continue reading →
The holiday season is supposed to be full of joy and cheer, but when you find yourself celebrating alone, it might seem a little sad and lonely. Whether you’re an empty nester, a single mother or father, or someone grieving a recent loss, the holiday season can be tough when you’re alone.
Knowing a few helpful ways to combat seasonal holiday loneliness can help you feel better around the holidays. If your loneliness progresses to depression or thoughts of self-harm though, please seek immediate help . Remember that you are valuable, you are... Continue reading →
Most parents find it hard enough to talk to their teens about any topic, even when it’s regarding something as conversational as how they slept or what they had for lunch. So naturally, talking to teens about something as serious as depression or suicide can be daunting.
However, suicide is the second-leading cause of death among the ages of 10- to 24-year olds, and with so many people experiencing the same struggles, it’s time we started having conversations that will help with teen suicide prevention. Having open... Continue reading →
The recent rash of celebrity suicides has been the catalyst for many conversations about suicide awareness and suicide prevention. However, some of these conversations are not as helpful as they could be.
In this article, we offer some resources and advice about how to get the right help for someone who is suicidal.
Why Is Suicide Awareness and Education Important?
When celebrities commit suicide, comparisons are often made to the stereotype of the tortured artist. What is often ignored is that suicide is not romantic. It’s brutal, painful, and most importantly, preventable.
In 2016, the... Continue reading →
Deaths caused by drug overdose have been continually increasing over the past several decades, roughly two-thirds of these due to opioid use.
As of 2017, an average of 91 people died each day due to specifically opioid overdose.
How did we get here?
And what can we do to fight against this opioid crisis that is shaking our country?
What is the Opioid Epidemic?
Many adults may not see it this way, but teens have very stressful lives.
Parents and other adults often don't recognize the emotional and mental challenges teenagers face on a daily basis.
From trauma and bullying to expectations and responsibilities, teens have to deal with stress coming at them from all angles.
To top it off, teens aren't quite adults yet. They haven't learned how to properly manage negative emotions, high-pressure situations, and responsibilities. In fact, you'd be hard-pressed to find an adult who always manages their stress in a healthy way.
That's why Children'... Continue reading →
When a traumatic event happens like the recent Parkland shooting, communities often come together and jump into action.
Regardless of opinions on hot issues, these actions often have one thing in common: they focus on preventing another traumatic event from happening.
This, of course, is a very valid response. However, it doesn't do much for the current victims who may face childhood PTSD and adolescent PTSD.
No matter what kind of changes take place in the future, these kids still have to struggle through life after experiencing a traumatic event – an event so horrible that it's... Continue reading →