The National Institute of Mental Health has a plethora of resources for improving one’s mental health.
- Anxiety Disorders
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Eating Disorders
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Suicide Prevention
- More Topics
Click here for Free Brochures and Fact Sheets about different Mental Health Topics.
American Psychiatric Association provides tons of helpful resources on their site.
American Psychological Association has research and helpful resources.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
The National Institute of Mental Health is a great resource for children and adolescents.
World Health Organization offers statistics on the current state of Adolescent Mental Health.
Marriage is hard. So many movies show the couple falling in love and getting married and end with…”And they lived happily ever after.
This is a lie. They don’t. Nobody does.
Marriage is work. Hard, painful, work. But so very rewarding if you dig into the deep.
Intimacy is its own reward. We often come into a relationship looking for someone else to complete us, to make us whole.
Spoiler Alert: They won’t.
Only you can heal yourself. The healthier you are as an individual, the healthier all your other relationships will be, whether as a spouse, parent, friend, or coworker.
Here are some wonderful exercises I’ve gathered from other smart professionals that can help you improve your marriage now. Remember, a relationship takes time to cultivate, just like a garden. If you plant and water the seeds, flowers will grow.
Jordan Gray is a relationship coach, and I really like their Clearing Exercise.
Often we just want our partners to know what we need, but this is like asking someone to read your mind. Can you read your partner’s mind? Even very in-tune people will have trouble knowing exactly what the other person needs. If only there was a way to find out. Hmmm…
How about a List of Specific Questions? Yup, that’ll work!
Before you moan about not having time for this, do you go to the gym to take care of your body? Go to the doctor for a yearly physical? Go grocery shopping to provide needed food? Keeping a marriage healthy takes effort and is worth it.
When your marriage is healthy, you experience emotional and physical benefits, and so do the kiddos and fur-babies that you live with. The more energy you spend connecting with the people you love, everyone in that circle benefits, and the benefits flow outward to your community, city, state, country, and the world. One person can make a difference.
Two people committed to each other can make incredible changes.
Rainbows and puppy dogs, right?
<<falls out of chair laughing>>
Here is where I apologize to all the children and families I treated before I had kids of my own. My treatment was still appropriate, but boy did I not get it at all. Parenting is HARD!!!!
The best thing you can do is put yourself in Time Out so you don’t say something you’ll wish you could take back later. Educating yourself is key. I’ve put together a list of books and resources for parents on my Pinterest Page below. Talking with friends or other parents is helpful, too, so you can see you’re not alone. Nobody really prepares us for how hard parenting is. Make no mistake, it’s the hardest job there is. And just when you think you understand your child at their current stage, they go and change! The nerve! So it’s a constant struggle and you’d do well to build a healthy support system around you because it really does take a village.
Below is a small gathering of Clinical Information to Increase Understanding of the Current Mental Health Crisis our kiddos are facing today. Be brave and use your resources. Ask for help. Talk to your child’s teachers, their guidance counselor, find a licensed therapist in your area and get help sooner rather than later.
The mental health crisis among children and teens: How parents can help. Harvard Medical School
Fighting back against COVID-19 and its Psychological Effects on Kids. American Psychological Association.
Teen Mental Health: How to Know When Your Child Needs Help. Healthy Children.org, from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health. National Institute of Health. National Library of Medicine.