Reduce Stress and Calm Anxiety Right Now

A high school teen I had not seen before came to our youth group discussion about mental health.  Jacki admitted, “Living with anxiety is like being followed by a voice. It knows all your insecurities and uses them against you. Sometimes it feels like the loudest...

You Be You: Be Proud of Your Authentic Self

“I don’t need a role model or mentor,” protested a proud seventh-grader. “I am my own role model.” Many children believe having a role model or mentor is a sign of weakness. They hide behind invisible screens of confidence to mask fear;...

Help! I’m Having a Panic Attack!

My first panic attack happened as I walked into an eighth-grade classroom to begin instruction at 10 a.m.  It felt like a giant boulder crushed my chest.  I couldn’t breathe. A heart attack killed my father when he was 46 years old.  I thought I was having a heart...

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Many people feel pressured to perform faster, better, stronger, and longer in the workplace. Are you one of them? One in every three U.S. citizens suffers from moderate to severe sleep debt (Center for Disease Control, 2016). “Sleep loss alters normal...
How to Talk to Someone About Mental Illness

How to Talk to Someone About Mental Illness

The only thing worse than struggling with mental illness is the shame that often accompanies it. “Most families are not prepared to cope with learning their loved one has a mental illness,” explains Mental Health America. “It can make us feel...

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