Two women talking
April 18th 2017

The American Counseling Association (ACA) has named April Counseling Awareness Month and this year’s theme is “Train Your Brain with Counseling”. Getting your worries out in the open, particularly with someone trained to help you manage them, is a good thing for your well-being.

Image of Illegal Drugs
April 11th 2017

Deciding to go to rehab for the first time can be scary, especially if you do not know what to expect. Going to rehab may be your choice or it may be something that is required by someone else like the court system, but it’s a lot less overwhelming if you understand the basic process of most programs. Explore this step-by-step guide to the basics of rehab.

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Semicolon
April 4th 2017

I just learned that Amy Bleuel, founder of Project Semicolon, lost her battle with depression on Thursday, March 23rd. She was 31 years old.

Project Semicolon is a faith-based non-profit that encourages and supports people with depression, addiction, and thoughts of self-harm or suicide.

Young woman being comforted by another
March 28th 2017

March is observed as Self-Harm Awareness Month. Self-harm, sometimes called self-injury, is any deliberate act that inflicts physical injury to one’s body. Self-harm by itself isn't suicidal behavior, but if the emotional distress that causes self-injury continues, it can cause suicidal thoughts.

In the United States alone, self-harm affects over 2 million individuals every year.

Woman cheering at laptop
March 21st 2017

"Make the most of yourself...for that is all there is of you.”  ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Beautiful group of friends
March 14th 2017

Since 1987, March has been designated National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

The campaign highlights the ways in which people with and without developmental disabilities come together to form strong and diverse communities. It also provides an opportunity to create awareness and promote respect for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and bring to light the obstacles faced by these individuals and their families.

Business associates shaking hands
March 7th 2017

Soft Skills Can Get You the Job

According to Monster.com, in many job postings, you are likely to see “soft skills” next to the technical requirements for a position. Furthermore, Moster.com reports that “employment experts agree that tech skills may get you an interview, but…soft skills will get you the job—and help you keep it.”

Picture of man in despair
February 28th 2017

It’s long been known that there’s often a link between depression and addiction. In 2014, the death of Robin Williams shed new light on the risks of severe depression and the reality that some people suffer in silence and solitude. In situations like this, few ever know the despair someone may endure on the inside, and what kind of threat that may pose to their life.

Woman sleeping
February 21st 2017

We’ve all had those few nights where we’ve stayed up well past our bedtime or even never made it to bed. This may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but did you know that sleeping has an effect on your mental health? Skipping sleep or not getting enough sleep is bad for your brain and your body. You can’t function properly if you are lacking those precious Z’s. According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night.

Desktop with laptop and clock
February 14th 2017

As a professional working in the Health and Human Services industry, you are in an ever-changing and demanding field. Keeping up-to-date on recent research and learning practical strategies to meet your clients’ needs is important. In addition, certain professions require that practitioners earn a specific number of CEUs per year to ensure that they are up-to-date with current practices in their field. It can be difficult to find the time to fit this learning into your day while working and taking care of other obligations.

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