Mental Health and the Holidays

The winter holiday season is traditionally known as a joyful time of the year but for those living with a mental illness, this season can be filled with added stressors. According to a survey from 2014, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reported that approximately 24% of people with a diagnosed mental illness found that the holidays made their condition “a lot” worse and…

Trauma in the Wake of Natural Disasters

Hurricane Harvey has impacted Houston and the surrounding areas in serious ways. Many people in the community are experiencing loss and mental health concerns, as a result of the traumatic event. It is important to recognize that everyone responds to traumatic events, such as a Category 4 hurricane, differently. For some people, the recovery process may be more immediate, while others may not begin to…

Summer Self-Care

Many of us wait all year for summer. It brings hot weather, pool time, BBQ’s, trips and sometimes a break from work (i.e. teachers). Summer can also be a stressful time – between the children being out of school, work deadlines, and other responsibilities. It is important to practice self-care year round, but especially during the summer. Practicing self-care is one tool to help our…