Harm Reduction

For the past eight months, I developed and coordinated a transitional housing, psycho-social rehabilitation program. I loved every bit of it, and saw some incredible progress from individuals who were living with mental illness, addictions and experiencing trauma. The programs ultimate goal was to move individuals along the housing continuum, from shelter living, to stable and permanent housing.

It was one of the few programs that ran from a harm reduction standpoint. The men in the program were allowed to be intoxicated or inebriated and stay in the program, as long as they did not bring substances into the rooms which they occupied. What they chose to do outside of the residence was out of our control. Continue Reading

How to Survive College with a Mental Disorder

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I have Adult A.D.D. (Attention Deficit Disorder), G.A.D. (Generalized Anxiety Disorder), Depression and O.C.D. (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). You’re probably thinking “wow, this guy’s a mess!” and I agree. The thing is, once you have Adult A.D.D., it is not uncommon to develop G.A.D. and Depression as they these disorders typically feed off of each other (for more information on this topic, visit this website). However, this article is not about my story, it’s about helping you.

More information on my story can be found here.

I have tested each one of these suggestions and they were all extremely helpful for me. Continue Reading

7 Wellness Tools To Lift Your Spirits

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At the start of a school semester most people are feeling happy and excited, they get to meet new people and the sun is shining and warm. But before we know it, winter comes along, the days become gloomy and attitudes become glum. Many people note that their moods vary with the weather, and for some the changing of seasons from summer into winter leads to a form of depression, it is called Seasonal Affective Disorder. This is most common in young adults, especially women in their late teens to early twenties. General effects include fatigue, excessive sleep, and lack of motivation. The cause for Seasonal Affective Disorder remains unknown, but the best theory known is that seasonal changes of light alter our bodies biological rhythms that control processes like our body temperatures and most importantly our sleep cycles! Continue Reading

Strategies For Being Mentally Healthy

River-March2014There is a difference between mental health and mental illness.

Mental illness is a diagnosed condition. Examples are depression, anxiety, and bi-polar disorder.

Mental Health is your overall well-being and how you feel; It is often about the absence of mental illness in ones life.

To have good mental health, it is important that one has good self-care. This is when you have ways to relieve stress for yourself when you begin to feel worn down. So how can you smooth out your stress or pick your self back up again? Here are some short-term self-care strategies: Continue Reading

Let’s Talk About Mental Health

crowdsWith World Mental Health Day approaching us on October 10th, I thought I would broach a topic that might be a little heavy and most likely not a topic someone would freely talk about over coffee.

I’m awkward. Weird. Strange. Those are some of the words I would use to describe myself. I’ve been that way for as long as I can remember. I never really felt like I fit in or that people really liked me.

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