MHCC News

Meditation for Mental Health

You too can meditate. It may take the form of practicing a few simple steps: Breathe in and breathe out. Imagine you’re at a beach or other pleasant environment. Notice your thoughts but don’t judge them. Instead, just let them float past you. After using such steps, you can expand on them: Take a few Read More >

Screening and Fighting Alcohol Abuse

Did you know that April is alcohol awareness month? Every year, Facing Addiction with NCADD promotes the month to raise awareness that alcoholism isn’t just drinking. It’s a deadly disease, but one with treatment options, which is underscored by the theme of 2019’s month: help for today, hope for tomorrow. In another commemoration, April 11, Read More >

Using Social Media in Healthy Ways

It’s complicated. That’s a relationship status on Facebook, but it’s also a summary of our relationship with social media. Social media sites can bring us together and produce a range of positive results. They can also tear us apart and wreak havoc on our mental health. Oddly, they can do many of these things at Read More >

Using Talk to Stop Self-Harm

People cope with pain and mental illnesses in different ways. Some don’t do anything, hoping their pain will go away. Others take their painful emotions out on others. Others drink or use drugs to alter their moods, at least for a short time. Still other people self-injure or self-harm. This means they may physically harm Read More >

Eating Disorders and Mental Health

While sad, eating disorders are easily diagnosed and fixed. People just need to eat more, right? Sadly, those statements are wrong. Very wrong. A complex combination of factors contribute to eating disorders. Treating such conditions is more than just putting more food on people’s plates and ensuring that they eat it. Eating disorders are complicated Read More >

Celebrating Different Kinds of Love on Valentine’s Day

Some people love Valentine’s Day. They use it as a reason to celebrate their partners and revel in the romance of the holiday. They celebrate the feelings the holiday engenders and love the idea of celebrating love. Other people hate Valentine’s Day. They say the holiday can lead to anxiety and depression because it reminds Read More >

Embracing the New

January and the new year can be rough. The joy and bustle of the holidays is over and people may face winters full of cold, dark days. Such darkness may be more than just a lack of outdoor light. It could be emotional darkness as well. People may be experiencing the winter blahs, where weather Read More >

Making and Keeping Resolutions

New year, new you. That’s a common mantra many people adopt at the start of the new year. They hope by making resolutions, they can improve their physical and mental health, boost their careers, nurture their relationships, and make other positive changes in their lives. Making resolutions is easy. Keeping them is hard. But, it Read More >

How to Survive Your Family and the Holidays

Are you dreading your family’s Christmas and New Year’s celebrations? Do you view your upcoming holiday gatherings with anxiety and dread instead of warmth and love? If you do, don’t beat yourself up over these feelings. It’s hard enough to understand and deal with our own emotions. Dealing with the emotions of others can make Read More >

Using Holiday Exercise to Improve Mental Health

The holidays can be an extremely busy part of the year. For many people, their to-do lists seem to grow longer by the day. Adding exercise might seem like yet another item to add to this neverending list. Yet, exercise is also one of the best things a person can do during the holidays (or Read More >

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