3.28.17 David Braganini be nice. Memorial Fund Announcement

On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan and the Braganini Family officially announced the launch of the fifth be nice. Memorial Fund in West Michigan. The David Braganini be nice. Memorial Fund will cover half of the cost for be nice. programming in schools located within Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties. This gives the MHF …

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Does the Media Encourage Copycat Suicides?

By contributing writer Jenny Holt   The Vienna subway system opened in 1978 and soon after it became seen as an acceptable place to die by suicide. Train-based suicides are nothing new, but the Austrian Association for Suicide Prevention soon realized that every time a subway system suicide was reported in the media, copycat suicides using the same method and …

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Top 3 Mental Health Issues Affecting Seniors

by Jenny Holt   The world’s population is getting old, with nearly 2 billion people aged 60 years and above expected to inhabit the planet in the next 35 years (WHO Statistics).  An aging population comes with physical and mental challenges which need to be recognized and managed as part of a healthy lifestyle.   Depression One of the most common mental …

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Ten Things To Do When Your Mental Illness Has You Down

By Caroline Meister | Contributing writer for the MHF   Write a letter. It doesn’t matter to who, just write a letter to someone who you care about. You don’t have to send it, but it will make you feel good to put your thoughts on paper.   Make a playlist. Whether you do it on Spotify or make an …

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Behavioral Activation: The Depression Therapy You’ve Likely Never Heard Of

Research finds a simple action-oriented approach is effective in treating the common mood disorder. By Michael O. Schroeder | Staff Writer for U.S. News and World Report   The laundry is piling up. Calls from friends and family are going unreturned. You haven’t been active for quite some time, and in general you’ve stopped doing many things you used to …

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What You Need To Know About The Link Between Sleeping Pills And Suicide

By Sarah DiGiulio | Sleep Reporter for The Huffington Post Experts say evidence shows that sedative-hypnotic medications (the class of drugs to which Ambien and Lunesta belong) are linked to increased risk of suicide, but this evidence still does not fully explain which patients are at highest risk.   Prescriptions sleeping pills are common. As many as four percent of U.S. adults ― …

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Wellness Wednesday | Can essential oils help treat depression?

By Ruben Castaneda | Staff Writer for U.S. News and World Report   Can essential oils – which people throughout the world have used for therapeutic purposes for nearly 6,000 years – help treat depression?   Some physicians say yes – particularly mild, situational forms of the ailment. But others caution that they wouldn’t recommend treating more serious forms of …

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#GivingTuesday | Make Mental Health Matter!

To donate go to: http://www.themhf.org/get_involved/do… Mental Health Matters! Join the movement this Giving Tuesday to benefit nonprofits in Grand Rapids, specifically the Mental Health Foundation. All donations will go towards MHF education programs such as be nice., Live Laugh Love, and Mental Health First Aid. Our programs teach people the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety and ultimately provide them …

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Mental Health Monday: 25 ways to fight holiday stress

By Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen at Health.com Holiday stress-busting tips The shopping and crowds. The back-to-back diet-busting parties. The interminable chats with the in-laws. We understand how easy it is to feel not so wonderful at this most wonderful time of the year. That’s why we’ve rounded up these 25 expert-endorsed ways to help you dodge the seasonal blues and stay happy, healthy, …

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Wellness Wednesday: Tips for Managing the Holiday Blues

By Laura Greenstein for the National Alliance on Mental Illness   Many people can experience feelings of anxiety or depression during the holiday season. People who already live with a mental health condition should take extra care to tend to their overall health and wellness during this time.   Extra stress, unrealistic expectations or even sentimental memories that accompany the …

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