Dealing With Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Winter is a magical time—between holiday celebrations, cozy fires, and (if you’re lucky) snow, there’s a lot to love about this special season. However, winter can also be hard on some people. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that affects people in the winter months. More commonly known as winter blues, seasonal […]

Tips for Coping With Grief

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Grief is one of the most universally relatable human emotions. At some point, just about everyone experiences a significant loss in their lives, whether that loss takes the form of the death of a loved one, a divorce or breakup, a change in circumstances, or something else entirely.  When you’re in the thick of grief, […]

What Is Empathy Fatigue?

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Ever turned on the news, only to be confronted by a seemingly endless list of crises and disasters, and felt…nothing? If so, then you know what empathy fatigue is, even if the name is unfamiliar.  Empathy fatigue, also known as empathy burnout, is a feeling of desensitization, numbness, or a perceived inability to care about suffering or tragedy. […]

How To Handle a Mental Health Crisis

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Living with a mental illness is difficult even under the best of circumstances. Without proper treatment or in the face of traumatic or stressful circumstances, it can sometimes become overwhelming, leading to a mental health crisis. If you or a loved one lives with a mental illness, it’s important to know how to respond to a […]

The Importance of a Housing First Approach to Treatment

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The conversation around the best way to address the often co-occurring issues of homelessness, substance use disorder, and mental illness is a contentious one. Broadly speaking, the debate can be divided into two main philosophies: housing first and treatment first. Here, we’ll briefly discuss the differences between the two, as well as the benefits of a housing first […]

What Does Trauma-Informed Care Look Like?

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The goal of holistic healthcare is to take into account all aspects of an individual’s well-being and history. This includes any past experiences of trauma, which has the potential to impact every aspect of our lives, including our health, well-being, and behavior. Trauma can also affect our interactions with healthcare systems and providers and our ability to […]

Congratulations to Shandon Halland, APRN

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Congratulations to Shandon Halland, APRN!!  He was recognized by NAMI Minnesota at the MN NAMI State Conference this weekend and was awarded the “Professional of the Year” award!   Shandon has been a tireless advocate for improving the mental health of people who are unsheltered for over 20 years. Congratulations Shandon, you do so much for […]

Linking Stress and Mental Health

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Stress is a normal part of life. In fact, some stress is even a good thing—for example, stress over a work project might motivate you to work harder; physical stress in the form of exercise helps keep you healthy; and anticipatory stress over a big milestone (like buying a house or having a baby) can […]

How To Deal With Burnout

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In a culture that values productivity and success above all else, it’s no wonder that burnout is spiking at an alarming rate. Burnout is defined as “a state of emotional, mental, and often physical exhaustion brought on by prolonged and repeated stress.” While short-term stress often comes and goes, burnout is chronic—and much more damaging. Although the […]

The Connection Between Community and Mental Health

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Our mental health doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It can be influenced by variables such as our environment, our physical health, our socioeconomic situation, and more. One of the biggest factors that plays a role in shaping our mental health is our sense of community and connectedness.  The Dangers of Social Isolation If the early […]