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Author Archive: April 2021

Self-care: Where Do I Start?

September 28, 2021
While it can feel fulfilling to support your loved ones if they are experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge, providing help can also take a toll on your own physical and mental wellbeing. It can be emotionally draining,...
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Post-COVID-19 Trauma and How MHFA Can Help

September 21, 2021
COVID-19 continues to take its toll on a global scale, affecting everything from jobs to schooling and to our mental wellbeing. With so much uncertainty as we near our third year of the pandemic, it’s unsurprising that our collective mental...
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The Four Dimensions of Recovery and How You Can Support Them

September 14, 2021
Addiction is complicated, and recovery from it is a challenge that millions of people in the United States face every day. Although stigma and misinformation persist, millions of Americans are living in recovery – a daily challenge to choose long...
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Youth Suicide: How to Help with Mental Health First Aid

September 7, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a devastating toll – especially on our youth. Emerging data suggests that depression and suicide concerns have increased among adolescents and young adults ages 12 to 21. Even more alarming, a study in the Journal...
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tMHFA Taught Me to Take Care of My Mental Health as a Student-athlete

August 30, 2021
In my sophomore year at Bellows Free Academy High School (St. Albans, Vermont), I attended a small conference at nearby St. Michael’s College that focused on the mental wellbeing of student-athletes. I participated in different activities and listened to different...
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Practicing Empathy as a Mental Health First Aider

August 23, 2021
Everyone has a “mental health toolkit” that helps them through good and bad times. It might contain self-care strategies, coping mechanisms for stressful days or people to turn to for support. As a Mental Health First Aider, your toolkit also...
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Back to School: Five Ways to Support Your Children

August 16, 2021
Your children may be excited to return to school after a long summer – or even a year of online classes. However, the new school year can come with new challenges. As a caring adult, parent or guardian, it can...
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How to Help a Friend Online

August 9, 2021
It can be hard (or nearly impossible) for some of us to imagine not having our smartphone in our hands or within reach at all times. We rely on our phones for a multitude of things: staying in touch with...
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Coping with Back-to-School Anxiety During COVID-19

August 3, 2021
There is no doubt that the last year and half has been difficult, and the COVID-19 pandemic changed what many of us consider to be “normal.” That’s especially true for schools, which switched to virtual learning almost overnight — an...
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How Breathing Can Help Reduce Stress

July 27, 2021
We have all been there before: a long day of work or school or just life where things pile up and nothing seems to be going the way you want it to. Cue the increased heart rate, scattered thoughts, irritability...
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Supporting Minority Mental Health in the Workplace

July 19, 2021
Directly or indirectly, mental health and substance use challenges affect everyone. But for many people in communities of color, the process of navigating these challenges – especially at work – can be even more difficult. It is no secret that...
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Five Ways to Support Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as a First Aider

July 13, 2021
Interacting and working with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds is commonplace today, and we are presented with new experiences and opportunities to learn from each other often. In fact, many companies and businesses now have established diversity, equity and...
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