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April 9, 2018

Why the Opioid Epidemic Is a Mental Health Crisis, Not…

“Drug crimes,” as they relate specifically to our nation’s opioid epidemic, appear to be flooding the news as of late.…

Guest Commentary, News, Opioid Epidemic, Substance Use
April 6, 2018

Mental Health First Aid: Indian Lake’s Response to a Community…

This piece was originally published on the Ohio Department of Education’s Extra Credit Blog. Read it here. I’m going to…

Guest Commentary, News, Schools, Youth Mental Health
March 29, 2018

Training Helps Successfully Manage Mental Health Crises

Here in St. Louis County, we’re very proud of this statistic: On average, our police officers have had to use…

Be The Difference, Criminal Justice, Guest Commentary, News, Public Safety
March 13, 2018

What is the Relationship Between Food and Mood?

It is well known that unhealthy eating patterns can cause mood swings. Blood sugar fluctuations and nutritional imbalances are often…

Depression, Guest Commentary, News
March 9, 2018

A Mental Health App for the Black Community

This article was originally published on Read the original piece here. We still have a serious issue in the black…

Be The Difference, Guest Commentary, News, Technology
February 28, 2018

Depression and Addiction: Understanding Dual Diagnoses

Over 7.9 million people in the U.S. have a dual diagnosis according to a 2014 study by the National Alliance…

Depression, Guest Commentary, News, Substance Use
February 16, 2018

Why Employers Need to Talk About Mental Health

Forty million individuals in the U.S. have a mental illness or condition according to Mental Health America’s 2017 data. That’s…

Guest Commentary, News, Workplace
February 5, 2018

Mental Health First Aid Has Changed the Way We Do…

In my 10 years as a corrections officer, I have witnessed many changes – the biggest of which has been our…

Criminal Justice, Guest Commentary, News
February 2, 2018

Extending My Son’s Legacy With Mental Health First Aid

Be The Difference, Guest Commentary, News, Suicide
February 2, 2018

Extending My Son’s Legacy With Mental Health First Aid

I am a mom and a suicide loss survivor. The tragic loss of my 26-year-old son, Jared Coffin, almost three…

Be The Difference, Guest Commentary, News, Suicide
January 31, 2018

Can a Healthy Lifestyle Make You Better at Your Job?

This article originally appeared on Read the original post here. These healthy habits can have a big impact on your…

Guest Commentary, News, Workplace
January 8, 2018

Live, Live: Small Reasons to Survive in 2018

In 2017, I ditched the resolutions, which was a wise move. Here I quote myself, from less than a year…

Guest Commentary, New Year's, News
November 29, 2017

What Does “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Mean for Mental Health?

When I enlisted, it was not possible for openly transgender individuals to serve in the military. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”…

Guest Commentary, News, Veterans