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Alcohol Screening Day April 7

We check the oil in our car.  We check our blood pressure.  Do we check in with ourselves when we suspect we are having a problem with alcohol?  Take 10 minutes to do a confidential screening.  It could be the most important 10 minutes of your life. Click here to take the assessment.  

 For information on counseling for alcohol abuse, call the Fort Bend Regional Council on Substance Abuse (281-207-2400).  If you think you might be struggling with alcohol, make the phone call, ask for help.  You will be happy you did.

Posted by Debbie on 3/20/2017 2:23:16 PM

A Practical Guide to Discussing Relationship Abuse

The Texas Advocacy Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing legal resources to survivors of sexual assault, preventing sexual assault and working toward eliminating domestic violence.  Click here for information on discussing relationship abuse. 
Posted by Debbie on 3/20/2017 1:55:29 PM

Simple Tricks to Get Stress in Check

It may seem like there is nothing you can do about stress. The bills will not stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day, and your work and family responsibilities will always be demanding. But you have a lot more control than you might think. In fact, the simple realization that you are  in control of your life is the foundation of stress management. Stress management is all about taking charge: of your lifestyle, thoughts, emotions, and the way you deal with problems. No matter how stressful your life seems, there are steps you can take to relieve the pressure and regain control.  For the entire article, click here
Posted by Debbie on 3/20/2017 1:49:26 PM

Signs and Symptoms

The use and abuse of alcohol and drugs are serious issues that should not be ignored or minimized. If left untreated, use and abuse can develop into drug dependence or alcoholism. As a result, it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of alcohol and drug abuse early. If you are worried about your own drug or alcohol use, or that of a friend or family member, here are some of the warning signs to look for:

 The following symptoms are associated with alcohol use disorder:

  • Temporary blackouts or memory loss.
  • Recurrent arguments or fights with family members or friends as well as irritability, depression, or mood swings.
  • Continuing use of alcohol to relax, to cheer up, to sleep, to deal with problems, or to feel "normal."
  • Headache, anxiety, insomnia, nausea, or other unpleasant symptoms when one stops drinking.
  • Flushed skin and broken capillaries on the face; a husky voice; trembling hands; bloody or black/tarry stools or vomiting blood; chronic diarrhea.
  • Drinking alone, in the mornings, or in secret.   For entire article, click here

Posted by Debbie on 3/20/2017 12:55:48 PM

Prevention and Early Intervention in Mental Health

If only is a phrase we hear too often in mental health. If only we knew what was going on. If only they knew they weren't alone. If only we had recognized the signs. If only we had access to treatment. If only. Unfortunately, the conversation tends to be short and after tragedy has already struck suicides, homelessness, unemployment, and incarceration.

Fortunately, we know how to act early. Studies around the country prove over and over again that we are able to prevent or mitigate the effects of mental illness and allow individuals to live fulfilling, productive lives in the community. From the influence of genetics and prenatal health all the way into early adulthood, we are learning more about the critical points in brain development and life experiences that increase the risk for or provide protection against the development of mental health disorders.

For more information, click here

Posted by Debbie on 12/28/2016 9:40:56 AM

Dr Brene Brown TED Talk on Shame

If you have ever felt "not good enough", you are certainly not alone.  Self doubt, shame and feeling less than affects many of our significant relationships.   Dr Brene Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston, has spent 13 years studying vulnerability, courage, shame and worthliness and how it affects how we connect to one another.  She is the author of Rising Strong, Daring Greatly and the Gift of Imperfection.  Her TED talk on The Power of Vulnerability is one of the most viewed TED talk in the world.  
Posted by Debbie on 12/27/2016 3:21:53 PM

What is Mental Health First Aid?

Most of us have heard about physical first aid classes.  We know that it will teach us how to recognize someone experiencing a medical problem and how to administer help until the professionals arrive on the scene.  

Mental Health First Aid is based on the exact same principles.  It teaches people how to identify and respond to someone living with a  mental illness or substance abuse problem.  The course includes:

  • Information on the most common forms of mental illness
  • How to recognize the signs and symptom of someone experiencing a mental illness or substance abuse 
  • How to respond to someone living with mental illness
  •  Where to turn for appropriate mental health care

To date, over 775,000 people have become Mental Health First Aid.  It is being utilized in faith based communities, school and universities, the workplace, hospitals and law enforcement departments to name a few.  Contact us if you would like to arrange a Mental Health First Aid course for your organization.

  Email ddelariva@mhafbc.org or call us at 281-207-2480


 

Posted by Debbie on 12/27/2016 1:59:15 PM

Suicide Prevention

Suicide is a serious public health problem that causes immeasurable pain, suffering, and loss to individuals, families, and communities nationwide. The causes of suicide are complex and determined by multiple combinations of factors, such as mental illness, substance abuse, painful losses, exposure to violence, and social isolation. Suicide prevention efforts seek to:

  • Reduce factors that increase the risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviors
  • Increase the factors that help strengthen, support, and protect individuals from suicide

Click here to find more information on suicide prevention

Posted by Debbie on 8/3/2016 12:11:28 PM

Join the Voices for Recovery

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has created 8 episodes of Join the Voices for Recovery.  This series features a panel of nationally recognized experts in the field of recovery and resilience.

 Click here for all of the episodes.

Posted by Debbie on 8/3/2016 12:00:03 PM

Mental Health First Aid

Just as CPR helps you assist someone having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis.  Click here to find a Mental Health First Aid course close to you.

Posted by Debbie on 8/3/2016 11:54:49 AM

Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Depression

The birth of a child can be a joyous and exciting time, but following childbirth, some women may experience postpartum disorders that can adversely affect a woman’s mental health. Mothers commonly experience what is called "the baby blues,” mood swings that are the result of high hormonal fluctuations that occur during and immediately after childbirth.

Posted by Debbie on 5/16/2016 11:13:51 AM

Life with Bipolar Disorder

Life with Bipolar Disorder
Posted by Debbie on 5/16/2016 11:12:27 AM

Life with Anxiety

Life with Anxiety

Posted by Debbie on 5/16/2016 11:06:09 AM

Life with Depression

Life with Depression

 

Posted by Debbie on 5/16/2016 10:50:47 AM

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a condition in which a woman has severe depression symptoms, irritability, and tension before menstruation. The symptoms of PMDD are more severe than those seen with premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

PMS refers to a wide range of physical or emotional symptoms that typically occur about 5 to 11 days before a woman starts her monthly menstrual cycle. The symptoms usually stop when, or shortly after, her period begins.

 For more information, click here

Posted by Debbie on 4/6/2016 1:27:56 PM

How to Respond to a Survivor

When someone you care about tells you they've been sexually assaulted or abused, it can be a lot to handle. A supportive reaction makes all of the difference, but that doesn't mean it comes easy. Encouraging words and phrases can avoid judgement and show support for the survivor. Consider these phrases:

For more information, click here

Posted by Debbie on 4/6/2016 12:35:08 PM

What is Sexual Violence

Sexual violence happens in every community and affects people of all genders and ages.  The impact of sexual violence affect individuals, families, communities, and society as a whole.  But prevention is possible.  Together, we can change the conditions that contribute to sexual violence.  You can learn about sexual violence and play an active role in changing misconceptions.

For more information, click here

 

Posted by Debbie on 4/6/2016 12:11:23 PM

Alcohol: Facts and Statistics

In 2014, 87.6 percent of people ages 18 or older reported that they drank alcohol at some point in their lifetime; 71.0 percent reported that they drank in the past year; 56.9 percent reported that they drank in the past month

For more information, click here

Posted by Debbie on 4/6/2016 12:04:28 PM

Teen Dating Abuse Statistics

Young adult dating violence is a big problem, affecting youth in every community across the nation. Learn the facts from the dating abuse statistics  provided by http://loveisrespect.org

Posted by MHAFBC on 1/28/2016 3:29:39 PM

A Parent's Guide to Teen Dating Violence

Could violence be a part of your teen's social life or dating relationships? The answer may surprise you. While we might think that relationship violence is something that could never affect the lives of our children, the truth is that nearly a third of girls surveyed said they know at least one student at school who has been physically abused by a person they were dating.1 The good news is that there is a lot we as parents can do to step in and help. All it takes is a little time, focus and a commitment to reach out, listen and talk to our teens.

 Read More At The Source: http://www.breakthecycle.org/sites/default/files/hanbook_-_parents_of_teen_0.pdf

Posted by MHAFBC on 1/28/2016 3:28:10 PM

Get the Facts on Eating Disorders

What Are Eating Disorders?

Eating disorders are real, complex, and devastating conditions that can have serious consequences for health, productivity, and relationships. They are not a fad, phase or lifestyle choice. Eating disorders are serious, potentially life-threatening conditions that affect a person's emotional and physical health. People struggling with an eating disorder need to seek professional help. The earlier a person with an eating disorder seeks treatment, the greater the likelihood of physical and emotional recovery.

Read More At the Source Below.

Source: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/get-facts-eating-disorders

 

Posted by MHAFBC on 1/28/2016 3:25:40 PM

3 Minutes Can Save a Life

Take 3 minutes to complete the confidential online screening for eating disorders. Eating disorders are potentially life-threatening illnesses and early detection of the signs & symptoms of disordered eating and eating disorders increases a person's chance for successful recovery. This tool is not diagnostic, but can help to determine if it is time to seek professional help.

http://nedawareness.org/get-screened 

Posted by MHAFBC on 1/28/2016 3:24:04 PM

Depression

Depression

 Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad. But these feelings are usually short-lived and pass within a couple of days. When you have depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those who care about you. Depression is a common but serious illness.

Posted by Debbie on 12/1/2015 9:42:16 AM

Adult Sibling Rivalry and the Holidays

Adult Sibling Rivalry and the Holidays

This popular article has been republished many times in online magazines. It's one of my favorites because the advice is not only relevant for the holidays, but for any family gathering. Coming home for the holidays is something that many adults look forward to every year. Seeing family and friends evokes childhood memories and provides inspiration for good times in a homey atmosphere. 

 

Posted by Debbie on 12/1/2015 9:33:48 AM

Stressed or Depressed? Know the Difference

Is Your College Student Stressed or Depressed?  

Christmas is around the corner and college students are coming home for the winter break.  It is a great opportunity to check in with your son or daughter and see how they are holding up to the demands of going to college. 

Posted by Debbie on 11/30/2015 5:12:04 PM

10 Proven Tools to Help You Feel Stronger, More Hopeful

The 10 Tools

These proven tools can help you feel stronger and more hopeful. Check out each page for specific, easy-to-follow tips.

  1. Connect with others
  2. Stay positive
  3. Get physically active
  4. Help others
  5. Get enough sleep
  6. Create joy and satisfaction
  7. Eat well
  8. Take care of your spirit
  9. Deal better with hard times
  10. Get professional help if you need it
Posted by Debbie on 11/30/2015 2:25:58 PM

Why B4Stage4?

When we think about cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, we don't wait years to treat them. We start way before Stage 4. We begin with prevention. And when people are in the first stage of those diseases, and have a persistent cough, high blood pressure, or high blood sugar, we try immediately to reverse these symptoms.

This is what we should be doing when people have serious mental illnesses, too. When they first begin to experience symptoms such as loss of sleep, feeling tired for no reason, feeling low, feeling anxious, or hearing voices, we should act.

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/b4stage4

Click here to go to a confidential, online mental health screening.

Posted by Teresa on 8/24/2015 4:53:31 PM

Mental Illness and the Family: Recognizing Warning Signs and How to Cope

Most people believe that mental disorders are rare and "happen to someone else." In fact, mental disorders are common and widespread. An estimated 54 million Americans suffer from some form of mental disorder in a given year.

Most families are not prepared to cope with learning their loved one has a mental illness. It can be physically and emotionally trying, and can make us feel vulnerable to the opinions and judgments of others.

If you think you or someone you know may have a mental or emotional problem, it is important to remember there is hope and help.

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/recognizing-warning-signs

Click here to go to a confidential, online mental health screening.

Posted by Teresa on 8/24/2015 4:51:11 PM

Suicide Research: Key to Understanding Risk Factors

Our effectiveness in preventing suicide ultimately depends on more fully understanding how and why suicide occurs.
What we know about the causes of suicide lags far behind our knowledge of many other life-threatening illnesses and conditions. In part, this is because the stigma surrounding suicide has limited society's investment in suicide research. Over the last 25 years, however, we have begun to uncover and understand the complex range of factors that contribute to suicide.
Summarized below are findings from research studies that have especially contributed to our current understanding of suicide.

www.afsp.org/understanding-suicide/key-research-findings


Posted by Teresa on 8/24/2015 4:48:00 PM
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