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Teenage Moodiness or a Mood Disorder? PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 10 December 2012

baystate_parent_coverJulie Totten, President & Founder of Families for Depression Awareness was interviewed for an article in December's issue of Bay State Parent. The article, titled "Teenage Moodiness or a Mood Disorder?" covers the signs and symptoms of mood disorders and gives parents some practical advice about helping their teen. Click here to download the full article (PDF).

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Carol's Story: A Caregiver's Perspective PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 December 2012
CarolTwenty-one years ago, my family lost my brother in a tragic car accident. The loss caused all of us incredible grief and sadness, and each of us coped in our own way. We soon saw that the grief my sister was experiencing was different. Her depression deepened and the loss became too much for her to bear, leading to her hospitalization.
Holiday Stress: Staying Balanced PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 December 2012

StressYou’ve developed a realistic plan, divided your time, and you’ve set a budget. Now how do you manage the stress that comes with the inevitable (and often unavoidable) deviations from the plan? Stay stress free by being self-aware and balanced. Balance is a key concept at this time of year, and these tips will help you keep perspective throughout the holiday season.

Holiday Stress: How to Cope PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 30 November 2012
Holiday-StressOur first holiday stress blog identified some of the common sources of stress this season. We listed time constraints, financial concerns, a demanding schedule, family expectations, and emotional triggers as big contributors. Today's blog is focused on how to set yourself up for success this holiday season, and directly addresses some of the sources of stress. We hope these guidelines will help set you off on the right foot.
Mental Health Headlines: November PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Holiday Stress: Common Sources PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 November 2012

holiday_stressThe holiday season is here, and with the holiday season comes a lot of extra stress. There are many additional demands placed on you, and these additional stressors can quickly become overwhelming.

To Cope With Stress Make Gratefulness a New Ritual This Thanksgiving PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 19 November 2012

thanksgivingMany families will kick off the holiday season this Thursday with a sumptuous and satisfying Thanksgiving dinner. Thanksgiving is almost exclusively an American holiday; it is about people who care about each other gathering together to eat traditional dishes and catching up by sharing stories and laughs. At my family’s Thanksgiving feast, no matter how many are around the table, each person is asked to say out loud something she or he is thankful for. This is one of the rituals of our Thanksgiving tradition.

Congress Needs To Act on Veterans Mental Health Access Bill PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 November 2012

VeteransCrisisLineLogoThroughout 2012 we have followed and blogged about the shocking increase in the number of US troops who have died by suicide. The unsettling reports continued through October, with the US Army reporting 33 potential suicides. It is now almost guaranteed that the number of service men and women lost to suicide in 2012 will surpass the 2011 numbers.

How To Practice Gratefulness PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 November 2012

gratefulWhat does it mean to practice gratefulness?

To practice gratefulness is to consciously recognize the things, events, experiences, or people that you are grateful for. Practicing gratefulness is a deliberate and mindful process of expressing appreciation for what you have or what someone has done for you. Research suggests that practicing gratefulness can lead to increased happiness and improved physical health.

Study finds that individuals with mental illness encounter more barriers to finding employment than others. PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 November 2012
interview_pictureA new study commissioned by WISE Employment, a nonprofit organization that works with employers and job seekers to obtain meaningful employment, reported that individuals with mental illness experience more barriers to finding employment opportunities than people with physical or intellectual disabilities.


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