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Self-Injury Awareness Month

March is designated as Self-Injury Awareness Month to highlight self-injury which is often misunderstood, not discussed, or simply suppressed. It can be difficult to understand self-injury and it is a challenging topic for many to discuss. So, we welcome you to delve deeper into this topic with us.   This blog is dedicated to casting light on this misunderstood and stigmatized issue by providing insights, resources, and support for those who may be struggling with self-harm or are seeking guidance on how to help loved ones struggling with self-injury.

Therapy that Activates Joy and Healing

As Recreational Therapy Month comes to an end, it is important to reflect on the many ways this therapy impacts individual well-being and wellness. Recreational therapy uses music, games, and crafts to promote healing. It focuses on mental, physical, emotional, social, and spiritual functioning by organically integrating these activities into the week. Are you still wondering, what recreational therapy is?

Social Well-Being: The Importance of Having Healthy Relationships

Ah, relationships! We love them. We hate them.  We are challenged by them. So why do we need them to be well socially?  Social well-being is defined as the ability to interact in a healthy way with those around us. This involves having supportive friends and family, the ability to develop deep connections, and communicate in healthy ways. Social well-being is one of the 8 dimensions of wellness.

Does End-of-Life Mental Wellness Matter?

Quality of Life: One’s satisfaction with life in terms of self-concept, hopes for oneself, health, functional abilities, and socioeconomic factors (American Occupational Therapy Association, 2020).

The Mental Health of Arabs in the USA

For this video, I am going to share with you common myths about mental health challenges and facts based on research that addresses these misconceptions.

The Big Tobacco Boulder

This is Dave. Dave has been smoking for the last 25 years and has also been struggling with depression and anxiety. He wants to improve his health but feels like he is tied down by his addiction to tobacco. 

The Change Process: A Social Work Model

In the world of Social Work, there are many frameworks and theories that professionals use with clients in their treatment plan. The change process, developed by Prochaska and DiClemente in the late 1970s, is a model that allows healthcare professionals to meet the client where they are in their readiness to change. This is essential for supporting behavioral health clients as they work toward change.

Removing Mental Health Stigma: The Power of Person First Language

The stigma surrounding mental and behavioral health challenges keeps many people from seeking the help they need. This stigma can be felt in painful instances of stereotyping, prejudice, and/or discrimination. One way to help de-stigmatize mental illness is by using person first language (PFL).

What Is Trauma and Why Does It Matter?

Individual trauma is an event or circumstance resulting in physical harm, emotional harm, and/or life-threatening harm. The event or circumstance has lasting adverse effects on the individual's mental, physical, emotional, social, and/or spiritual health. (1) Trauma can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.

A Jack In The Box- Living With PTSD

I’m a jack-in-the-box, safe and secure in the confines of my box. Sadly, this safety and security are short-lived. Outside the box, the crank is constantly turning, turning, and without warning, I’m thrust into an intense rollercoaster of fear, guilt, and anger.

Legislator as an Occupation and You!

Why should you care about the health and well-being of your legislators? The legislative session is in full swing in Kentucky. The schedules senators and representatives keep during this time are long and the issues discussed may impact you personally. Could your legislator’s occupational balance affect you? Try applying the seven domains of occupational science to legislator as an occupation and see!  

Plants as Magic!

One day, about five years ago, while resting and eating the previous night’s leftovers with my college roommate and lifelong friend Abby, we came across a video on how to take old candle jars and turn them into pots for plants. We boiled the leftover wax, removed it from the old candle jars, and set them aside. Then, we visited a local home improvement store. 

Social Workers and Nurses Partnering in Hospital Settings

For hundreds of years, there has been a dynamic duo in the hospital setting: the social worker and nurse. A healthy partnership between social workers and nurses is vital as they both provide effective, holistic care. Here are 7 key elements of the partnership between social workers and nurses that contribute to positive patient outcomes:  1. Partnering in Patient-Centered Ethical Duties

A Movie of Glitches: Living Life with OCD

My life constantly glitches. I often get caught up in one moment and have to repeat things to assure myself that it’s okay to move on with my day. My brain tells me I can’t contaminate anything.

Wisdom from the Well: Eating Disorders

Lovoria Williams, Ph.D., FNP-BC, FAANP, is an Associate Professor in the UK College of Nursing. She is also a part of the BH WELL faculty team. In this brief video, she shares about eating disorders.

Is My Child At-Risk For ADHD?

Have you ever thought your child may be exhibiting signs of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) but you simply aren’t sure? This video blog is for you!

Suicide Risk Factors

This is the story of John. John is 45 years old and has recently experienced numerous substantial life changes. Watch the video below to hear John’s story and identify some risk factors and warning signs that increase the risk of suicide for John.

Feed Your Mind

Welcome back to Mental Health Research Jeopardy. Today’s theme is mental health and diet.  

How Does Architecture Contribute to Positive Mental Health Outcomes?

Prior to the beginning of the century, very little literature existed that discussed the impact of architecture on mental and behavioral health recovery. As a result of this, a larger emphasis has been placed upon conducting research that reveals the true intersection of architecture with mental health care, and how it contributes to positive mental health outcomes.

Breaking the Stigma

This is the first-hand story of a woman struggling with postpartum depression. She shares how it took her, "Five years. It took five years of convincing, cajoling, and near pleading for me to swallow a pill..."  

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