Mental Health

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Why is Self Care Important to Your Mental Health?

We often hear the term “self-care” thrown around all over social media, becoming a trend in self-help books. However, it is much more than a glass of wine, a bubble bath, a night out, or a nap. So, how does self-care affect your mental health? Let’s find out. What is self-care? Self-care is broadly defined […]

Assessing the Professional Identity of School Counselors

Assessing the Professional Identity of School Counselors In the wake of the Parkland, Fl., school shooting last month, a debate has been raging—among other things—about whether or not students with mental health disorders are having their needs met. And by all indications, students with mental health disorders are not getting the services they need. According […]

Mental Health Professionals and Client Suicide Risk Assessment

In a study published last year, researchers reported that about “20 percent of suicide decedents have had contact with a mental health professional within one month prior to their death.” That alarming percentage has put suicide risk assessment at the forefront of mental health professionals’ agenda in recent years, as the Centers for Disease Control […]

Combating ‘Compassion Fatigue’ in Mental Health Professionals

Although they may seem strikingly similar, there are subtle but real differences between such things as “burnout”, “compassion fatigue” and “vicarious trauma” Whatever label it has, burnout or compassion fatigue remains a serious threat to those working in any mental health capacity. A professional’s psycho-social factors (ie, their personal support system), caseload, experience and age […]

Meditation: ‘Accessing Your Inner Sanctuary’

What do you think of when you hear the word “meditation”? Some might imagine a person sitting cross-legged—perhaps in a simple room, monastery, or in front of a majestic landscape—exploring a universe of possibilities within themselves. And although this cliché has a grain of truth in it, meditation can be much more. Author Christina Rodenbeck […]

Defining Wellbeing and Explaining How We Can Achieve It

Many of us want to obtain wellbeing. But how? What exactly is wellbeing? And why does overall wellbeing seem so elusive? Wellbeing, as it turns out, can be broken down into five “essential” elements. These elements include: • Career well being • Social wellbeing • Financial wellbeing • Physical wellbeing • Community wellbeing Authors Tom […]

Conspiracy Theories: What Psychology Has to Say

Over the past year, there has been a lot of discussion about conspiracy theories in the mainstream media and elsewhere. The concept of “truth” in a broad philosophical sense and “fact” appear to be fragmented. Can anyone appear on what is true and what isn’t? Over the past year, there has been a lot of […]

More alike than Different? The Commonalities of Gender

Over the decades, a confusing litany of research and information has emerged regarding gender. Central questions have been posed: “How similar are man and women?” “What exactly is gender?” “What makes men and women different?” But still, no clear answers exist. These questions remain even more important, taking into account recent legal, social, and political […]