If you work with youth or are a parent of an adolescent, you have likely heard about the new, Netflix series, “13 Reasons Why.” The popular series, based on a book with the same name, is making waves in the suicide prevention community because, while it addresses the important topic of youth suicide, it also includes some messaging and potentially damaging scenes that prevention experts are warning about.
Recovery from alcohol and substance use is a long process, and the isolation of the winter months can be challenging. Now that Spring is here, and with the longer, sunny days, comes the outdoor activities, and a way to keep active as part of recovery. Here are some ways exploring the outdoors can benefit recovery.
“Happy Hour” refers to the discounted drink prices some establishments provide to customers during the evening. Happy Hour usually begins at 5:00 - the end of the work day. Attending “Happy Hour” to relieve work-day stress, school pressures, relationship troubles, or financial worries can become a habitual coping mechanism, rather than an opportunity to unwind from the day.
Barb Smith is the Executive Director of Survivors of Suicide where she advocates for mental health and suicide awareness, and provides suicide prevention, intervention, and aftercare training. She does most of her work in the Great Lakes Bay region (Saginaw, Bay, and Midland counties), and throughout the state of Michigan. Staff at HealthyMenMichigan.org recently caught up with partner Barb Smith about how the campaign has changed her work.
A close friend is one of the most important figures in our lives. While families provide support and care, a close friend is usually someone our age who shares similar interests and knows the pressures surrounding our specific peer group. Having someone to confide in can greatly improve our overall well being and feeling of belonging.
Getting a good night's sleep is the key to recharging our body and mind. Eight hours is the recommended time to fully rest, allowing the best version of ourselves to wake up with energy to conquer the day ahead. While eight hours suffices as the ideal amount of time for sleep, there are some factors that can prevent us from feeling rested. Our often sedentary lifestyle and electronics addiction can be detrimental to our physical and mental health, but simple solutions can resolve these unhealthy habits.