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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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..."
Lee Anne Walmsley, Ph.D., EdS, MSN, RN, is an Assistant Professor in the UK College of Nursing. She is also a part of the BH WELL faculty team. Her life's work is about mental health and well-being. In this brief video, she shares her thoughts on feeling stuck.
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 her thoughts about dealing with seasonal affective disorder.