Does Your Child Have a Mental Health Condition? How to Make Sure Both You, and Your Child, Are Ready for School
Providing support and guidance for a child with a mental health condition is a critical part of recovery. As a parent/caregiver, it is important that you work towards providing your child with the best school environment that is possible. To do so, it is important to be prepared for the upcoming school year.Download Checklist
There are some really great benefits to sending your kids to camp:
1. Life skills development to improve quality of life:
- Basic living skills
- Healthy living habits
- Self-care skills.
2. Problem-solving and decision-making skills training to develop personal empowerment.
3. Interpersonal Skills Training: Encouraging self-management, socialization, and communication skills.
4. Activities that promote recovery, restore skills, and develop adaptive behaviors that may include the following:
- Selection of nutritional food
- Verbalize thoughts, feelings, and ideas in a supportive environment
- Improving concentration and attention
5. Team building activities:
- Art therapy
- Group exercises & recreation
- Reinforce positive social skills
- Leadership activities
- Field trips; including Coastal Discovery Museum and beach day
Once thought as a digestive aid, probiotics are proving more useful than ever
The stomach contains over 400 kinds of bacteria (Favaro & Philip, 2015). Some of these are bad bacteria; nasty culprits in stomach flus, infections, constipation, and many other ailments. Naturally, some stomach bacteria are good; leveling acidity and aiding in digestion. These heroes of the germ world are known as probiotics. Now, science is proving that these bacteria may be a contributing factor in mental health.
Although researchers are not exactly certain how they work, probiotics have the task of helping food move successfully through the entire digestive system. In turn, the whole body is effected by what they do (DiLonardo, 2015). In two studies conducted last year, findings indicated that high doses of probiotics may help to eliminate certain mental health problems.
Taking a little time to focus on our needs and discover the things that make us happy helps us gain a clear and refreshed mind. Here are a few tips to follow when spring-cleaning your mental health:
- Create a to-do list: Instead of your common project list, create a list of things you want to achieve emotionally over the next few months. Include dreams—things you’ve always wanted to do– as well as long-term and short-term goals that are easily achievable. Perhaps you have been wanting to reconnect with that old high school friend or maybe you wish you knew how to play the guitar. Put them on your list!
- Enhance your physical health: Physical wellness is an important part of sustaining mental well-being. Exercising and eating healthy are a big part of physical wellness but often are hard to incorporate in your routine. Try something simple like replacing soda and coffee with herbal teas, or eating a small portion of dark chocolate instead of a donut or other sugary snack.
- Renew your spirit: Yoga, Pilates, and meditation often lend themselves to mental cleansing. Taking just a few minutes each day to relax by yourself can make a huge difference and reduce negative energy and thoughts that may be consuming your day.
New beginnings and healthy steps toward better living can help us rid ourselves of negative emotions and built up stress that may be bringing us down. Remember that each day is a fresh start—just like spring.
As our loved ones age, it’s natural for some changes to occur. Regular forgetfulness is one thing, however; persistent memory loss or cognitive impairment is another thing and potentially serious. The same goes for extreme anxiety or long-term depression. Caregivers should keep an eye out for the following warning signs, which could indicate a mental health concern:
- Sad or depressed mood lasting longer than two weeks
- Social withdrawal; loss of interest in things that used to be enjoyable
- Unexplained fatigue, energy loss, or sleep changes
- Confusion, disorientation, problems with concentration or decision-making
- Increase or decrease in appetite; changes in weight
- Memory loss, especially recent or short-term memory problems
- Feelings of worthlessness, inappropriate guilt, helplessness; thoughts of suicide
- Physical problems that can’t otherwise be explained: aches, constipation, etc.
- Changes in appearance or dress, or problems maintaining the home or yard
- Trouble handling finances or working with numbers
Don’t hesitate to seek help if you or a loved one is experiencing any of the symptoms above. At all ages and stages of your life, having someone to talk to is important. If you are feeling sad, alone or depressed, we are here for you.
The Jamison Consultants Behavioral Health Center is now serving more people with mental needs in the Lowcountry than ever before after opening a new facility in Hardeeville.
Jamison Consultants Behavioral Health Center provides family support, psychotherapy and outpatient substance abuse treatment. It started in Holly Hill in 2010 and eventually expanded to Hilton Head, Bluffton and Beaufort. However, ever since it opened a new location in Hardeeville two months ago, representatives say the program has been helping more people than ever.
Jamison Consultants serves families receiving Medicaid. It has served about 3,000 families since it opened in 2010. Organization representatives say Jamison Consultants has been serving an additional 150 families since the Hardeeville location opened up in the beginning of October. The new location is closer to I-95 than the Bluffton site. Representatives say it provides easier access to more people in need, especially in the Hardeeville and Ridgeland areas.
“South Carolina is an undeserved state and we have smaller rural areas where a lot of people do not have resources to get to outpatient services so by expanding and making easier access for them, we can cater to those families,” said Stephanie Jamison-Void, the CEO of Jamison Consultants Behavioral Health Center.
Jamison Consultants representatives say the families which previously used the Bluffton site are still going the Hardeeville location.
The program also provides youth services and recently partnered with Jasper County Schools for outreach programs.
Stress and depression can ruin your holidays and hurt your health. Being realistic, planning ahead and seeking support can help ward off stress and depression.
The holiday season often brings unwelcome guests — stress and depression. And it’s no wonder. The holidays present a dizzying array of demands — parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining, to name just a few.
But with some practical tips, you can minimize the stress that accompanies the holidays. You may even end up enjoying the holidays more than you thought you would.
When stress is at its peak, it’s hard to stop and regroup. Try to prevent stress and depression in the first place, especially if the holidays have taken an emotional toll on you in the past. Check out these tips from the Mayo Clinic.
Feeling Stressed Out?
The holidays are an exciting time of good cheer, warm family traditions, and spending time with friends. Or, are they?
For many people, the idea of entering a crowded room and chatting up coworkers or strangers at a party, exchanging gifts with friends, traveling from home, or attending large family gatherings can produce intense anxiety, depression, or both.
Holiday parties are a common stressor, and they can be terrifying for people with anxiety disorders, particularly those who have social anxiety disorder. They may try anything to avoid such activities, but avoidance will only perpetuate fear. Although some report that the holidays lift their spirits, many people say that the holiday season makes them feel very or a bit more anxious or depressed.
You can reduce some of your holiday worry and stress. Try these tips from the ADAA, click here.
For many people, Christmas and the holiday season are a happy and joyous time, enriched by reuniting with family and friends. But year’s end can also be very stressful. Old patterns of behavior emerge, our stress levels rise, and our ability to cope flies out the window.
No sooner than we have put away the Thanksgiving tableware and decorations, we begin the hunt for Christmas presents and wrapping. The final days of the year bring a few weeks of stress and constant motion for many. For others, the holiday season can bring about feelings of being overwhelmed, depression, and loneliness.
We can’t stop the world from turning, but perhaps a few of the articles in our annual guide will help you better manage the emotional challenges that the holidays present.
This year’s guide includes fresh topics and content, updated posts from previous years, and some perennial favorites covering a wide variety of holiday-related issues. We wish you a peaceful, stress-free, and joyful holiday!