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Grief

Try These 7 Resiliency-Building Tips

Resiliency is more than just coping. It is excelling in the little and large challenges of life and coming through them even stronger than before. It’s the emotional strength that helps you recover quickly – and thoroughly – from change. Resiliency also helps to bounce back after any adversity. Just as spring flowers are able ...

Depression

Coping with a Crisis

Tragedies happen in our world every day, and many of these tragedies can affect us deeply. In fact, a majority of crisis calls come from young people. The startling realities we witness through pervasive news reports on television and the internet can cause “secondary trauma.” Secondary trauma is the negative and sometimes debilitating emotional response ...

Depression

When To Seek Counseling?

Have you ever felt like life was just too hard? Worried that you can’t take the pressure, stress and anxiety anymore?  Sometimes the stressors of life – whether situational or ongoing and dire –can be significant prompters to seek professional counseling.  Having dreams, a vision and motivation for your life is an excellent pursuit. Yet, ...

Depression

Centerstone Spotlight Series in Alton, IL

Centerstone will hold the first Centerstone Spotlight Series event of 2019 on Jan. 29 at its second floor Great Room at 2615 Edwards St., Alton, from 5-7:00 p.m. The topic of the event will be “Working Through Your Grief.” ...

Anxiety

Suicide Prevention Takes a Village

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a good time to become better informed and empowered to combat the tenth leading—and still rising—cause of death in the United States. In June, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that suicide rates climbed in almost every state from 1999 to 2016, with increases above 30 ...

Anxiety

Living in Uncertain Times: Coping With a New “Normal”

Stress is a normal reaction to abnormal situations. We are now living in a new day and time in American society – an uncertain time where stress is common and can be perceived as uncontrollable. It is nearly impossible to go through one day without hearing alarming information on the news about national security concerns, ...

Anxiety

If You Know Someone at Risk for Suicide

Suicide accounted for nearly 45,000 lives lost in 2016, and the numbers are rising in nearly every state across the U.S. according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Studies report that one out of two people know someone who has died from suicide. And for every one person who has died from suicide, another ...

Anxiety

How To Deal With Traumatic Events

When we see traumatic events in the news, it is normal to possibly feel vulnerable and upset. Whether someone is directly affected by an event or experiences secondhand exposure, acknowledging feelings about these occurrences is important for one’s mental health. The unpredictable nature of events like these is all the more unsettling. To best prepare ...

Addiction

Knowing the Signs Could Save a Life

In many ways our world is more connected than ever before, with social media venues of all kinds providing real-time access around the clock. However, even with all that connection and communication, suicide rates remain at alarming levels, proving that sensitivity to, and awareness of, warning signs is critical in providing lifesaving interventions. It’s not ...

Addiction

Six Steps to Identifying Addictions: What Controls Your Life?

Addiction is a complicated problem. It is diverse in its causes and its costs. If describing a person with an addiction was to be simplified, it might be “the intense desire and action of continuing certain behaviors despite the negative consequences.” An addiction controls your life, your thoughts and your choices. It is a compulsion that robs you of healthy options for coping with life challenges. ...

Depression

Living Beyond the Losses of Life: Hope and Healing in Recovery

Loss is a part of all our lives. At some time we will likely experience the death of a loved one, a shattered relationship or the debilitating effects of illness. How we cope with these significant tragedies is crucial in determining how we will survive, grow and eventually recover.  As the table below reveals, there ...

Anxiety

How to Manage Your Mood

Are your moods unpredictable, uncontrollable or consistently disproportionate to a situation? You may be experiencing excessive emotional distress due to unmanaged moods. The many challenges of today’s society seem to provoke mood swings for many people, which can debilitate relationships, careers and even physical health. Mood swings are characterized by a drastic change in emotion ...

Anxiety

How to Manage Job Loss Grief

Many hard working adults are noticing that good jobs seem to be going, going, gone – including their own. According to the U.S. Labor Department, 2008 was the worst year for lost jobs in more than six decades. If you or someone you know has been affected by this startling statistic, here are six suggestions ...

Grief

How to Get Over Guilt & Reduce Regrets: Seven Essential Steps

What would you do differently if you had the chance? Ask a person about something he or she regrets and you will learn a lot. Everyone can think of at least one thing they wish they had done another way. But the guilt over past mistakes or perceived faulty decisions can become paralyzing if it ...

Family Matters

Helping a Loved One with Grief and Loss

A family death. A home destroyed. A career cut short. These are just a few examples of events that can cause devastation and despair. Loss is part of all our lives, but what do you say to someone who has experienced a recent loss? We often wish we had a magic wand to erase the ...