Nostalgia and Movies

Nostalgia can be a comforting distraction during troubled times. While the 'good old days' weren't always the best of times for everyone, we all have a time or a place that we feel nostalgic about that comforts us. Watching a movie can transport you to another time, another place - even if it was just…
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Appreciation and Help for Caregivers – During the Pandemic and Beyond

Being the caregiver for a loved one can be one of the most challenging, but also one of the most rewarding, things you can do. Because of the COVID pandemic, being a caregiver has become intensely challenging. Routine tasks have become more complicated. It sometimes seems like you're better off just staying at home …
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Mental Health Awareness: Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.  Any conversation about suicide is difficult. Some people worry that talking about it might cause someone who is thinking about suicide to act on those thoughts. But not discussing suicide at all isn't an option either. Treating suicide as a taboo topic increases stigma. We all need to talk…
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Thich Nhat Hanh

Many of us are interested in making meditation, mindfulness, and peace a part of our lives.  One of the most well-known proponents of mindfulness in the world today is Zen Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. He is 93 years old and lives in Plum Village, in Southwestern France. He was born in Vietnam and became…
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Mental Health Awareness: Dual Diagnosis

In this installment of our Mental Health Awareness series, we'll discuss dual diagnosis, also known as co-occurring disorders.  Comorbidity: "When a person experiences two or more illnesses at the same time, those illnesses are considered 'comorbid.'" - National Alliance on Mental Illness A specific kind of comorbidity: "Dual diagnosis (also referred to as co-occurring disorders…
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Mental Health Awareness: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can happen when someone's head suddenly and abruptly hits an object or when an object suddenly and abruptly hits someone's head. It can also happen when an object suddenly pierces a person's skull and enters their brain tissue. Initial symptoms after the incident can be mild, moderate, or severe.  A…
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Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Forms of Dementia

Dementia refers to a group of illnesses with symptoms like impaired memory or inability to process thoughts. One kind of dementia that many people have heard about is Alzheimer's disease. According to the Alzheimer's Association,other types of dementia include vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson's disease, and Huntington's disease. Some people think that a…
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