The Emotional Toll Mental Illness Can Have On Families

Posted By: on December 05, 2019
mother holding depressed son
While we often think about the individual who is suffering from a mental illness, we sometimes forget about the effect it can have upon those around the sufferer, especially their family. Living with a person who has a mental health concern can sometimes challenge those in the household and can lead to conflict. One way to reduce the emotional toll that mental illness can take upon families is to have every concerned party be involved in the healing process together, and counseling can be a

Will Your Child Inherit Your Mental Health Condition?

Posted By: on November 27, 2019
parents holding childs hand
When one or both parents suffer from a mental health illness such as depression, a child is more likely to struggle with their mental health. However, most experts agree that when it comes to depression, the disorder is so complex that several factors such as genetics and environment come into play. Much of the recent research shows that there’s only an inherited genetic vulnerability to depression (and not a “depression gene”). How can depression in families be treated? Families w

Could Injury Recovery And Mental Health Be Connected?

Posted By: on October 24, 2019
injured man suffering mental illness
Research has shown that there is a very clear connection between mental health and injury recovery, and in understanding this and talking about it more openly, patients can access the appropriate help that they need. Studies have also shown that the way in which health professionals talk about the link between the two can have a huge influence upon whether the patient fully appreciates that they may need to address both issues at once, and whether they go on to seek help. There are thought to b

Mental Illness Is No Laughing Matter, But Humor Can Help Heal

Posted By: on September 19, 2019
mentally ill woman smiling
If you suffer from a mental illness such as depression, you’ll know that there may be days, or even weeks, when the last thing you feel like doing, is laughing. This doesn’t mean that you don’t have a sense of humor, it just means that your mood is too low to express it. While this is completely understandable, and indeed common, finding a way to get in a good laugh can help. Laughter may not have the healing ‘powers’ that some claim it to have, but there can be no denying the fact th

Why ‘Manning Up’ Isn’t The Solution For MENtal Health

Posted By: on September 05, 2019
man feeling alone and hopeless
Men are often encouraged to simply ‘man up’ when it comes to talking about their feelings or their mental health concerns (if they can even bring the topic up in the first place). With the stigma that sadly so often surrounds men and mental health, many males simply refuse to talk about issues that may be affecting them such as depression or anxiety, and instead force themselves to silently endure their problems. In doing so, some men go through their entire lives struggling to cope with the

How to Keep Social Media From Affecting Your Mental Health

Posted By: on May 30, 2019
students on social media
As much as we don’t want to admit it, some of us have an unhealthy relationship with social media.   Are you addicted to the rush of a new notification? Do you sometimes feel inadequate as you scroll through the happy faces of your friends and family? Are you overwhelmed by “experts” in social media ads telling you what you should be doing, how you should look, or what you should feel?   You’re not alone.   Even though there’s been more and more researc