Social Media in Small Doses

WARNING: Consume Responsibly  Let’s face it…we’re in the age of social media. If you’re reading this as the parent of a teen, chances are this is very different from how you grew up. Nowadays, 90 percent of adolescents between ages 13 and 17 use at least one type of social media. So it seems the question is: What are the effects of social media on younger generations? The Upside When it comes to social media, it’s a double-edged sword. During the peak of COVID-19, social connection was needed, and social [...]

2023-04-18T21:35:57-04:00May 8th, 2023|Family & Youth, Mental Health|

People Can Pull Us Through It: Secondary Traumatic Stress

Overheard at a party: What do you do for a living? Oh, social work? That’s so hard.” Conversation ends. The stories social workers (and other caregivers) have can be buzzkills at parties. Our work is tough, and most folks don’t want to hear about it. This isn’t to paint us all as saints. We knew it was tough when we chose our line of work. But it can be very lonely to sit with our experiences, especially when you get secondary traumatic stress (STS). STS is the Post Traumatic Stress [...]

2023-04-18T12:05:59-04:00May 1st, 2023|Mental Health, Stress, Trauma|

Beleaf it or not: Plants make you happy! The effects of nature on mental health

Have you noticed a difference in your energy and mood after interacting with nature? How about going for a walk through your favorite park or smelling your favorite flower? Do you leave feeling more relaxed? Calm? Have a smile on your face? If you tried any of those activities and noticed a positive and uplifting shift in your energy and mood, your mental health likely was positively impacted by nature.  Nature and mental health are more closely connected than you may think. Did you know spending time in nature outdoors [...]

2023-04-30T09:41:17-04:00May 1st, 2023|Mental Health, Self-Help, Stress|

Women’s History Month – No More Labels

As a Hispanic woman who has had both gender and cultural expectations placed on me that made it difficult for me to get the help I needed throughout specific times in my life, I hope to encourage all women to stand in their authority and promote healing with no shame. In support of Women’s History Month, I challenge those who have gained from mental health support  to reduce stigma by sharing what those supporters have done for you. Others should feel empowered to seek support without judgment – because it [...]

2023-02-24T11:36:27-05:00March 20th, 2023|Mental Health, Women's Health|
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