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.

Stop Poverty photo
February 7th 2017

The American Psychological Association reports that the nation’s economic crisis has deeply affected the lives of millions of Americans. Skyrocketing foreclosures and job layoffs have devastated many families, particularly those living in low-income communities.

January 31st 2017

Whether you’re looking for career advice or need insight on some other big change in your life, mentors are there to help you navigate the journey.

Below are definitions of nine different types of mentors. Make it your goal to have these different types of people as part of your mentoring team to help you succeed. In addition, strive to fill one or more of these roles in someone else’s life. The rewards are tremendous!

The Challenger

silhouette of four people
January 24th 2017

Many believe that alcoholism runs in families. And when the reality is that Mom, Dad, and Daughter are all addicted, the chaos that results may seem next to hopeless. It takes one brave soul to take the first, determined step and start the recovery of the whole family.

“It’s very inspiring because it’s a trickle-down effect: I left and got myself healthy and put myself back together, and I was able to help him put himself back together.”

Lightbulb symbolizing productivity
January 17th 2017

Have you heard the phrase “Work Smarter, Not Harder”? Are you looking for new ways to increase productivity without putting in more hours? Here are ten tips to help you work more efficiently and more productively without expending any additional effort:

Goldfish jumping from smaller fish bowl to larger one
January 10th 2017

Many who know me will tell you that I’m not a big one for New Year’s resolutions. In the past, I would never be able to maintain the lofty goals I’d set for myself, and end up feeling defeated and disappointed. Instead, for the last few years, my daily mantra has been, “Today, my goal is to be better than I was yesterday.” This opens up a whole host of possibilities, depending on how the day unfolds and challenges me to better myself each and every day. Most importantly, it leaves me plenty of room for success!

Man sitting in front of Christmas tree
December 13th 2016

With the frenzied pace of the holiday season (activities, guests, shopping, parties, baking, etc.) it’s no wonder that stress and depression can seem an inevitable part of the festivities. However, with a little planning, there may be a way for you to enjoy your holiday time a little bit more! Mayo Clinic and Health.com offer the following tips:

Woman with coffee at laptop with snow falling
December 6th 2016

Many of us are getting ready for the holiday and a nice winter break. The holidays are a great time to catch up with friends and family (as well as catch up on sleep!). But after the first few days of relaxation and overeating, you might find yourself a bit bored and looking for something to do. Instead of sitting around and letting the weeks go by, here are some tips to make your winter break more productive: