What to Do When You Suspect a Loved One Has Mental Illness

Mental illness. Why are so many people are afraid of these words? Does it mean that life is over? Does it mean no recovery? Does it mean a bleak future? Does it mean the end to independence?

Enabling: Can Someone Help Too Much?

Enabling takes place when a person puts others’ needs ahead of their own. The term “enabling” originated in Alcoholics Anonymous and can happen with gamblers, food, sex and internet addicts. Many times, people who enable grew up in families where their needs were not met. 


Group Therapy: Helping to Break the Stigma

Self-help groups have been known to provide emotional, social and practical support to individuals. In a self-help meeting, you might find that you can begin to restore your self-esteem, sense of dignity and understanding of a problem through the group’s dynamics.

The Stigma of Mental Illness: Separating Fact from Fiction

We all play a role in creating a mentally healthy community that supports prevention, treatment and recovery. One of the best ways to help is learning to distinguish between the facts about mental illness – and the fiction.

Positive Psychology: The Study of Happiness

While research suggests that happiness is influenced by genetics, people can learn to be happier by developing optimism, gratitude and altruism. There is a form of psychology that focuses on helping people live happier lives. It is called “positive psychology.”

The Sandwich Generation: How to Lessen the Stress

Sandwich generation caregivers tend to work late, have to take off early and are frequently interrupted by calls from medical personnel or those in their care. The stress leads them to exhaustion and the mental, emotional and physical problems that follow. Here are tips for relieving the stress.

After the Crisis Has Passed

Grief, sadness and anger are a natural response to crisis and loss and have been expressed in many ways, some healthy and some not. So, what are we to do now? How do you handle this ongoing stress? How do you process all that has happened and how it has impacted you personally? What are you doing to take good care of yourself?

10 Things You Can Do for Your Mental Health

Try some or all of the 10 tips below to help find the right balance in your life. If you are receiving treatment for a mental illness, these tips can also help you manage your disorder and support your treatment and recovery.

The Importance of Developing a Support System

Part of life is experiencing ups and downs. We need people who understand us and can be depended upon during tough times. Research has shown that having a support system has many positive benefits, such as higher levels of well-being, better coping skills and a longer and healthier life. Learn more about developing your own support system.

Are You a Compulsive Shopper?

Almost 18 million Americans are compulsive buyers. Compulsive shopping is a growing problem in our society and is often associated with another disorder, such as anxiety or depression.