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Suicide Prevention: Helping Someone in Crisis

The tragedy of suicide affects thousands of people in the United States every year. The moment of desperation leading to suicide can happen to anyone, regardless of their age, gender, or background. If you know someone who is thinking about suicide, it's essential to take their feelings seriously and offer support. If you are feeling very sad or hopeless, please reach out for support.  Recognizing the Signs of Suicide Risk It's really important to recognize the signs of suicide. When we notice someone might be in trouble, we can offer help early. This might even save their life. Understanding these…
Learn to Live Team
July 6, 2023
Learn to identify and examine your thoughts
Mental Health

Wait, upon further examination, things look different…

How Learn to Live Delivers CBT: Part 4 Thoughts affect our feelings Around here, we put a lot of consideration into our approach to thoughts. Our cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) programs include the idea that your cognitions (thoughts) — the C in CBT—affect how we feel and that idea can change our worlds. That realization was central to the cognitive revolution that was led by pioneers like Aaron Beck and Albert Ellis. So, their ideas are integrated into our programs. To examine our thoughts, we must first identify them. We introduced the sentence stems I created several years ago (e.g.,…
Dr. Russ Morfitt
June 27, 2023
Let’s celebrate this Pride month by focusing on mental well-being and self-care!
Mental Health

Celebrate Pride by Prioritizing Your Mental Health

Mental health is an important part of overall health. The LGBTQ+ community can experience social stigma and discrimination, which can have a negative impact on mental health. Let’s celebrate this Pride month by focusing on mental well-being and self-care! Here are some ideas: Attend a Pride parade to connect with others. Show support for LGBTQ+ rights. Look for a safe space to connect with a support group. Give back to the community. Volunteer for LGBTQ+ causes. Take part in LGBTQ+ cultural events. Look for art exhibits, film festivals, or concerts. Have fun and learn something new. Do something creative to…
Learn to Live Team
June 16, 2023
Mental Health

The Importance of Social Connections

Social wellness is an important part of overall well-being. It means having positive and healthy connections with the people around you like your family, friends, co-workers, and others in your community. Building positive social connections can help you live a happier and healthier life. Here are a few tips to develop more social wellness: Spend time with people: Make plans to be with your family, friends, and people in your community. The time spent together fosters a connection with those individuals, while contributing to your own sense of belonging – which is important for your well-being. Be a good listener:…
Learn to Live Team
June 7, 2023
The mental health crisis among teenage girls is growing. Watch for signs of distress.
Mental Health

Is your teen daughter ok? Don’t miss signs of mental health problems.

Teenage girls feel a lot of stress as they grow and navigate their lives. According to the CDC, 57% of U.S. teen girls feel "persistently sad or hopeless". That is double the rate of boys. Here are some factors that may contribute to girls’ distress: Social factors: They may feel they are treated differently because of their gender. They may not feel equal to boys. Girls are more likely to experience sexism, violence, and harassment. It makes them uncomfortable, upset, and frustrated. Outside pressures: Teenage girls face more pressure to be perfect. They may be worried about how they look,…
Learn to Live Team
June 1, 2023
Practice self-care during menopause
Mental Health

Boosting Mental Health during Menopause

Menopause occurs at the end of a woman's reproductive years. It can have a significant impact on mood. It can also impact emotions and mental well-being. Women going through menopause might experience any of the following: Mood swings Anxiety and/or depression Poor sleep Trouble thinking clearly Stress and irritability Decreased self-esteem Negative body image Not all women will have these mental health effects during menopause. For women who do experience mental health challenges during this phase of life, there are several strategies to consider. Strategies to Improve Mental Health During Menopause Stay physically active: Regular exercise can have a positive…
Learn to Live Team
May 26, 2023