Category archives: Mental Health Guide

Fighting the Stigma of Mental Illness

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ental illness affects 1 in 5 Americans, a fact that may surprise you. You may hear that a friend, neighbor or family member is ill, but it likely will be discussed in hushed tones as if this kind of illness could have been avoided or perhaps indicates a serious aberration in a person’s constitutional or genetic properties. Mental illness isn’t something to b[...]

Happy Holidays!?!

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HONESTY CAN BE YOUR FRIEND AS YOU JOURNEY THROUGH THE MERRIMENT OR NOT By Rebecca Ward   hristmas stopped being magical for me the year I found my doll and my Mickey Mouse watch in the linen closet. I was stunned, even though I had heard some disturbing talk that Santa Claus might not actually be a real entity, but rather a feeling or spirit [...]

Turning Tragedy Into Purpose

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Meeting with Jajuan Archer, the founder of Women's Own Worth-a multi-faceted service program for victims of domestic abuse, was a warming, humbling, and moving experience. You know those people that seem to have fallen gracefully from heaven? Jajuan is one of those. Her remarkable story and outstanding efforts to bring refuge, support, and healing to vict[...]

Arkansas' Wellbeing: Statistically

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A Topic Well Worth Discussion  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines mental illness as “disorders generally characterized by dysregulation of mood, thought and/or behavior.” According to the agency, mood disorders, such as major depression, are the most pervasive of all mental disorders. Other examples of mental illness include schizophrenia,[...]

Defining Mental Illness

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What is a Mental Illness?  National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) defines mental illness as “a condition that impacts a person’s thinking, feeling or mood and may affect his ability to relate to others and function on a daily basis.” One’s mental wellbeing may be influenced by a number of factors: genetics, environment and lifestyle are just a few. Trau[...]

Suicide: Out of the Darkness

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Shedding Light on Suicide Photography Courtesy of The Arkansas Secretary of State    prevention became a topic of discussion last year when Gov. Asa Hutchinson formed the Arkansas Suicide Prevention Council. Since then, local media have addressed the topic and a number of rallies have been held, and our company has chosen to address the topic as well. W[...]

Youth & Suicide

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Youth, Suicide and How You Can Help    everyone has been affected by suicide, and while it is a tragedy that certainly needs to be addressed, Greg Adams, licensed clinical social worker and program coordinator for the Center for Good Mourning and Bereavement at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, wants to be certain the topic is addressed properly. “Certainly a[...]

LGBTQ Community

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Supporting the LGBTQ Community  with mental health conditions often face stigma. This negativity can be compounded for those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) community. Fear of “coming out” and being discriminated against due to sexual orientation and gender identities can impair mental health. Angie Bowen, a [...]