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...

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...

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...

Mental Illness at Work: Tips for Employers & Employees

It is hard to ignore a co-worker whose eyes fill with tears during a meeting for no apparent reason.  A colleague may angrily explode without provocation.  A responsible colleague who was a model of timeliness arrives increasingly late to work or struggles to meet...

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