Mental Health Awareness Month – Headlines and Quiet Shadows

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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.

Unfortunately, some of the more shocking mass killings have had mental illness diagnoses...


Parental Influence – It Matters More Than You May Think

Wonder if you have any parental influence at all? Have days when you feel invisible to your child or like your words go in one ear and out the other?

Every parent has those days (or months) and they can be pretty frustrating. But take heart - you'll probably feel better after reading this article. Believe it or not, you are probably making a bigger impact on your kids...


When Your Child’s Best Friend Moves Away

My best friend moved away during the summer between our 5th and 6th grade years. We were peas in a pod, spent nearly every recess together, and even picked out the same instrument to play in the 5th grade band.

Then near the end of the school year I learned she was moving to another state. The most vivid memory of this situation is...


Helping Children After Divorce

Divorce is a part of life for many children. Since roughly 50% of all marriages in the United States end in divorce, it's still a very relevant topic for families today.
Fortunately, researchers have worked for years to establish solid information about the outcomes of divorce. According to Joanne Pedro-Carroll, PhD, founder of Children of Divorce Intervention Program USA, there are...

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Spirituality and Mental Health

For those of you who are Christian, I hope you have had a wonderful Easter Sunday. For those of you who are not, I still hope you've had a wonderful Sunday.

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.