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June is Pride Month

This is a guest post provided by Cherry Health.  Permission to re-post has been given. It is LGBTQ+ Pride month. You may see an abundance of rainbow flags flying or people showing their support on social media. It’s not just about rainbows though. Pride month is about honoring the 1969 Stonewall riots , a response to police Read More

Understanding Anger and Strategies to Manage It

By: Nanette Kerwick, LMSW, CEAP, CAADC, EAC Clinical Specialist – Most human beings get angry. We are naturally emotional creatures. Anger is experienced as a spectrum, from mild irritation to rage. Like other emotions, anger causes physiological and biological changes. Heart rate and blood pressure increase, as do levels of energy hormones (adrenaline and non-adrenaline.) Read More

The Benefits of Gratitude

By: Steve Gainey, MA, LLP, ADS, CAADC, EAC Clinical Specialist A Harvard Medical School article explains gratitude as “…a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals, whether Read More

May – Mental Health Awareness Month

By: Nanette Kerwick, LMSW, CEAP, CAADC, EAC Clinical Specialist – May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The importance of mental health awareness month is to raise awareness and reduce the stigma that so many people experience. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, statistics revealed that one in five American adults lived with a diagnosable mental health condition. Read More

Find a Hobby That Makes You Happy

By:  Natalie Parker, Lead Intake Specialist – We’ve reached over a year now in the pandemic. However, for me, it has felt like it has been several years due to the increase in anxiety and stress. In the recent year, I have experienced my stress and anxiety increase steadily, sometimes making it hard to sleep Read More

10 Things Caregivers Can Do to Minimize the Pandemic’s Mental Health Impact on Children

By: Nanette Kerwick, LMSW, CEAP, CAADC EAC Clinical Specialist – As mental health professionals, our experience in the past with traumatic events such as Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, the 9/11 terrorist attack, and school shootings, has shown us that there is a long-lasting impact for a small group of children. Mental health problems affect one Read More

When Gambling Becomes a Problem

By: Steve Gainey, MA, LLP, ADS, CAADC, EAC Clinical Specialist – If you live in Michigan and watch TV or listen to the radio, I’m sure you have noticed the increase in advertisements for online gambling. You may have even seen several advertisements in a row! If you haven’t heard by now, Michigan has changed Read More

Feeling Connected During Pandemic Isolation

By Cynthia May, MA, LLP, EAC Clinical Specialist – In our current environment, isolation is a real issue. The normal gatherings that singles or couples attended pre-pandemic like art fairs, movie theatres, restaurants, sporting events, concerts and even your local city events and dog shows are not being held. Watching television programs can get old and Read More