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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

31 Tips to Boost Your Mental Health in May

It’s May, Mental Health Month, and the weather is finally turning nice. It might seem like a good time for spring cleaning – but not for your windows or your closet. You may have cobwebs and dust bunnies hiding in places you don’t even know about and they may be affecting your mental health. Centerstone ...

Family Matters

Support Sexual Trauma Victims

By the time you finish reading this article, four more Americans will experience sexual assault. The probability that you know someone who has experienced sexual trauma is high. Individuals who are at particularly high risk of sexual assault include children and young adolescents, elderly people — especially those with dementia — as well as individuals ...

Family Matters

Embrace the Journey this New Year

For most people, a New Year generates a newfound motivation to accomplish resolutions and goals. Nevertheless, life’s usual unexpected moments will occur, causing many of us to abandon our resolutions and goals altogether. As we embark on a New Year, here are some tips to keep in mind and help you stay the course to ...

Anxiety

Strengthen Connections this Holiday Season

  The holiday season brings a long to-do list: decorate the house, bake the turkey, buy a gift for the next social event, send out cards, attend family gatherings and so on. Yet for all these attempts at getting together, experiencing meaningful human connection can get lost in the shuffle. Holiday bustle raises stress levels ...

Addiction

Opioid Crisis Impacts Veterans, Military Families

Long after active duty ends, U.S. service members and military families face a different battle—the opioid overdose epidemic. Opioid overuse kills nearly 100 people in America every day, and Tennessee is ranked third in the country for prescription drug use. Further, a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) study shows Veterans are twice as likely to ...

Addiction

Recovery Is An Option

With nearly 100 deaths a day stemming from opioid use, drug overdoses are the leading cause of death of Americans – beating car crashes, gun accidents and HIV infection. According to STAT, opioids could kill nearly half a million Americans over the next decade, and if that prediction proves accurate, the death toll over the ...

Back To School

Back-to-School Checklist for Parents

Backpack? Check. Lunchbox? Check. Pencils and paper? Check. Back-to-School time is here with the usual book and supply checklists for students. Beyond that ritual, I recommend parents have a different sort of checklist in mind as their children and teens get used to classroom life again. It’s really a check-in list to help manage a ...

Back To School

Three Steps to a Safer Prom

High school students across the United States are getting excited for the 2017 prom and graduation season. All the fun things parents remember about those days still exist: dress shopping, tuxedo rental, flowers, photographs, parties. But there also remains a strong temptation to engage in underage drinking. According to a 2016 poll, alcohol use is ...

Anxiety

Take These Relationship Goals to Heart

As Valentine’s Day nears, the internet buzzes with playfully captioned pictures (or “memes”) inspiring us toward “Relationship Goals.” But beyond those fun photos of mature couples who still push each other in shopping carts or wear matching Star Wars t-shirts, there must lie deeper efforts to uphold long term commitments. Marriage and family therapists at ...