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Stories, thoughts, and reflections from Mental Health First Aid
June 18, 2018

6 Ways to Improve Your Non-verbal Communication Skills

A lot can be said without words in a face-to-face conversation. Often, our non-verbal communication—our facial expressions, body posture, eye…

Be The Difference, News, The "Awkward" Conversation
June 15, 2018

Honoring Spade and Bourdain: Help Prevent Suicide With Mental Health…

In a week that was marred by tragedy, the world lost two icons: Designer Kate Spade on June 5 and…

News, Suicide
June 14, 2018

Depression and Opioid Use Go Hand in Hand

Did you know that more than 40 percent of people who live with addiction also have another mental health challenge…

Depression, Guest Commentary, News, Substance Use
June 11, 2018

5 Tips for Starting a Conversation About Mental Health

Unlike physical health challenges – like scrapes and cuts or the flu – mental illness often remains unseen. And because…

Be The Difference, News, The "Awkward" Conversation
June 8, 2018

Stress vs. Anxiety – Knowing the Difference Is Critical to…

Most people experience stress and anxiety at some point in their lives. Depending on the level of severity, they can…

Anxiety, News
June 6, 2018

Talk About It: Breaking the Stigma of Addiction and Mental…

As a flight attendant, Julie found herself drawn to the international nightlife, drinking at bars in London, cafes in Paris…

Guest Commentary, News, Substance Use
June 4, 2018

The Awkward Conversation: How to Respond When Someone Tells You… Yes

“How are you?” Those three words have become a prescriptive question with a prescriptive answer in today’s society. When we’re…

Be The Difference, News
awkward-conversation
June 1, 2018

#BeTheDifference in June: The “Awkward” Conversation Yes

In January, Droga5, the Jed Foundation (JED), the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Ad Council launched a viral…

Be The Difference, News
May 29, 2018

Mental Health First Aid Benefits Social Workers and Beyond

This post was adapted from an original article by The New Social Worker, Social Workers Learn From and Raise Awareness Through…

Be The Difference, Healthcare, News
May 24, 2018

Eight Ways to Help a Friend with Depression

More than 16 million men and women in America – roughly 6.7 percent of the adult population – have had…

Be The Difference, Depression, Mental Health Month, News
May 22, 2018

His College Knew of his Depression — his Parents Didn’t

In December 2016, Graham Burton, a sophomore at Hamilton College in upstate New York, died by suicide. His parents, Gina…

Be The Difference, News, Schools, Suicide, Youth Mental Health
May 17, 2018

Anxiety: What to Know and Look For

When I think back to college, it was a time when my days were filled with classes, Friday night football…

Anxiety, Be The Difference, News

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