Posts in the ‘Mental Health Matters’ Category

Stressing Mental Health

STRESSING MENTAL HEALTH Jay Reeve, PhD, Chief Executive Officer Stress is a fact of life. Everyone experiences it, and no one handles it perfectly every time. But the causes, and consequences, of stress are more complicated than most people realize. This month, the Health Council of the United Way of the Big Bend is presenting

Mental Health Matters: TIME

TIME Jon Williams, MA Clinical Supervision Specialist Time is a paradox. Time is a great thief, as it robs us of our youth with every moment that passes. Conversely, time gives us a foundation for everything that we experience. In the “hard” sciences such as math, chemistry, biology, and physics, time is accounted as an

Rural Mental Health and ACI’s Efforts to Serve

Rural Mental Health and ACI’s Efforts to Serve By James Kwasneski, MSW Case Manager Supervisor Gadsden County Outpatient The provision of outpatient services to rural populations is a significant challenge and area of opportunity for Apalachee Center. Since the passage of the Community Mental Health Act of 1963 (CMHA), federal funds have been allocated for

Levels of Mental Health Care

Levels of Mental Health Care By Mark Reeves, Ph.D. In the mental health field you will often hear professionals refer to the “recovery process.” The term implies that people experiencing either a temporary mental health crisis or chronic mental illness have as a goal to recover as much of their ability to function in life,

Mental Health Matters: Mental Health Service Dogs

Service dogs have been a great contribution to individuals with disabilities, physical health problems, and illnesses that limit participation in daily life. Often, we observe service dogs in public settings that act as seeing-eye dogs for the blind or providing assistance to those with hearing and/or speech impairments. In addition to these contributions, service dogs


Volunteerism By Jon Williams, MA Like many people, I was taught from childhood that while my toy trucks and action figures were mine, I should allow others to play with them if I was not using them. We have all been taught to share what we have and what we can from an early age.

Removing the stigma: Help is available for those having suicidal thoughts

Paul Haney, Special to the Democrat 6:05 p.m. EDT July 7, 2014 (Photo: Mike Ewen/Democrat) Traditional views say that those who die by suicide are selfish and cowardly, opting for the easy way out of their troubles. The more we understand the psychological condition of suicidal ideation, however, the more we realize that traditional thinking

Mental Health Matters: What is EMDR?

Mental Health Matters: What is EMDR? By: Jennifer Barr, LCSW   There are many different types of treatment for trauma and trauma-related diagnoses, like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Some of you may be familiar with some of the available treatments. When considering a specific treatment or therapy, it is always important to speak with

Caregivers: A Population with Unique Needs

Have you ever had to care for a loved one in need when you felt like you weren’t prepared or equipped for the job? Maybe Mom or Dad are elderly and became sick, and you didn’t want them to live in a facility? Maybe you have an adult child that has schizophrenia and at times

People that Thrive

People that Thrive ~Submitted by Jackie Beck, MSW, Director of Inpatient Programs   “Success is not the key to happiness.  Happiness is the key to success”~ Albert Schweitzer   The human condition: We all are subject to emotions and are vulnerable to circumstances that impact those emotions. Stress and adversity can have many faces: family


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