Can You Pass Your Mental Illness On To Your Child?

Posted By: on July 23, 2020
child running to mother
If you’ve been diagnosed with a mental illness, then you might be worried that you’ll pass this on to your unborn child, or that the children you already have... worried that they will go on to show symptoms later in life. However, there are no genetic tests to confirm a diagnosis of mental disorder, and it has long been known that experiences and environmental factors can play a significant role in the development of a mental disorder. That said, if someone in the family does suffer fro

Getting Help For Your Mental Health Without Leaving Home

Posted By: on July 16, 2020
woman on computer seeking mental help
There may be many reasons why you’re unable, or unwilling, to attend a traditional counseling session in person. While the restrictions placed upon many of us due to the current pandemic might be one factor, it could also be that you might have to travel a long way to reach your nearest therapist, you’re simply too busy with childcare or other commitments to find the time to get away, or even that you are worried about the process and dread the thought of meeting with a counselor in an offi

Is Mental Illness Damaging Your Relationship?

Posted By: on June 18, 2020
Broken Relationship due to Mental Illness
If your partner suffers from a mental illness, it can cause them to become withdrawn and even negative towards you, putting the relationship under growing stress and strain. This can be an issue whether you knew your partner was mentally unwell before you entered in a relationship with them, or if they subsequently began to struggle. However, this doesn’t have to signify the end of the relationship, and there are things that you can do together, to reduce the levels of stress and show your

Why Do Our Mental Health Recovery’s Sometimes Break Down?

Posted By: on June 12, 2020
man having a mental breakdown
Recovering from a mental health struggle can sometimes be a slow process, and for some individuals, it can last a long time. While the journey is different for everyone, many will have experienced a breakdown at some stage in their recovery/healing journey, and often the reasons are the same: Your physical needs may not be being met: Having compassion for yourself is a wonderful thing and learning to understand what your body needs at any given time is equally as powerful. It’s vital th

Helping Your Kids Cope Mentally During The Pandemic

Posted By: on April 16, 2020
parent comforting child
While these unprecedented times are alarming and unpredictable for us adults, imagine how it appears to our kids and how they might be struggling to make sense of what is going on around them. No matter how much we may want to shield and protect our children from the reality of the pandemic, most are observant and curious and are bound to have their own set of questions and fears. So, how can you, as a parent, caregiver or even sibling, help your kids to cope mentally during the pandemic? H

How Telehealth Services Can Help Keep You Sane During The Pandemic

Posted By: on March 26, 2020
Telehealth Services during Coronavirus pandemic
The term ‘telemedicine’ was originally used to describe medical assistance given over the telephone, such as Dial-a-Nurse line. Nowadays, however, the term telehealth is more widely used to include a variety of electronic systems that deliver medical advice or counseling sessions online, such as live video communication, apps, and live messaging via text. In the midst of the current Covid-19 pandemic, the general advice is not to attend medical care facilities in person unless you absolu

Could You Be Experiencing A Mental Breakdown?

Posted By: on March 19, 2020
person experiencing a mental breakdown
All too often the term ‘mental breakdown’ is misused and even joked about. Sometimes also referred to as a nervous breakdown, the term indicates a general state of mental distress, and could include such disorders as anxiety and depression. Many who suffer from this struggle to function in their everyday lives, and need intervention or help from a qualified counselor. The word ‘breakdown’ signifies that the individual is experiencing a period in their lives in which they are sufferi

Could Your Child Be Suffering From A Mental Health Condition?

Posted By: on January 23, 2020
depressed child
While it might seem alarming to know that one in five children are suffering from a mental health condition, it’s perhaps of some comfort to know that most are wholly diagnosable and entirely treatable. That said, the reality is that almost two thirds of those children get little help, if they receive any at all. The reasons for this lack of help may be wide and far ranging, but if you suspect that your child may have a mental health condition, it’s important that you don’t contribute

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