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Mental Health Awareness Month – Headlines and Quiet Shadows

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Because May is Mental Health Awareness Month, I wanted to take a look at how the news has shaped our understanding of mental illness. In the last year, you were probably saddened and alarmed by some of the many news stories involving loss of life.

Strapless Dresses and School Dress Code Part 2 – Parents vs School

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

When last we met, I discussed a few questions I had about a New Jersey school’s dress code banning strapless dresses for an 8th grade formal dance. I invite you to refresh your memory on the first two points I brought up about this controversial situation.

Strapless Dresses and School Dress Code – Parents vs School

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

I recently came across this article about strapless dresses at an 8th grade formal dance. While not on the level of some other recent news events, this article really caught my eye.

After the Boston Marathon Tragedy – Taking Care Yourself When Traumatic Events Occur

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

By now, you have probably heard or read many stories about the horrible bombing that occurred at the Boston Marathon. If you are feeling emotionally drained from this event, you are not alone.

Children With Chronic Illness – Living and Coping

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

You may have seen this video of a 7 year-old pediatric brain cancer patient a touchdown run at the Nebraska Spring Game. The young boy, Jack Hoffman, was given this opportunity because of his friendship with a former player and his closeness to the football team.

Spirituality and Mental Health

Monday, April 1st, 2013

In light of today being Easter, I’m sharing a some reading about spirituality and mental health. Whether your family practices a particular religion or not, I hope you will find this article thought-provoking.

Whose Behavior Carries the Most Weight At The Dinner Table – Mom or Dad?

Monday, February 11th, 2013

You may have read a very recently released article highlighting the influence moms have on their children’s’ eating habits. An undergraduate wrote a thesis paper about this connection.

Teens and Binge Drinking – Is It Something In Your Genes?

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

I was reminded today of teen drinking. In my community, an annual banquet is being held this week to support a local foundation. This foundation was created several years ago by family members of a teen boy who died from an alcohol-related car accident.

Celebrity Sports Heroes –Telling Big Fibs To The World

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Wow, last week was a tough one to be a celebrity sports figure with a compelling backstory. Lance Armstrong, widely known for his Tour de France wins and Livestrong Foundation, just admitted to cheating and making accusations against innocent people.

Mental Illness, Tragedy, and a Big Slippery Slope

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Just about every day you hear how we need to ” do something” about gun violence, especially how it relates to the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy. Ideas have included armed guards at school, tighter gun control laws, some involvement with mental illness (more screenings, possibly a registry, etc.), restrictions on ammunition, and more.


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