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    Tips for Stopping Negative Thoughts

    Negative thoughts are a part of many mental health conditions and can cause stress when they occur. Next time you find yourself with persistent negative thoughts, try these tips to stop them: When you find yourself thinking negative thoughts, firmly say, or think, “STOP!” Imagine an “X” stamping out the thoughts. Identifying negative thoughts when they occur is the first step to stopping them from repeating. Write down negative thoughts as soon as they happen. This ......
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    Tips for keeping your New's Years resolution

    Here are some ways to help you follow through on your New Year’s resolutions and other goals that you set throughout the year. Be Realistic. Your goal might be to exercise more often, but going from not exercising at all to running three miles every day might not be the best way to begin. Start by running short distances a few days a week. This way, you’re less likely to get burnt out and more likely to keep exercising long-term. Have a support system. Telling your family and friends......
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    Beat Back the Holiday Blues

    Beat Back the Holiday Blues Also available at http://blog.nami.org/2013/11/beat-back-holiday-blues.html. By Kathleen Vogtle, NAMI Communications Coordinator Once again and seemingly out of nowhere, at least for me, the holidays are upon us. For many, this means Christmas, which falls on a Wednesday this year. Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, begins on Nov. 28, coinciding with Thanksgiving for the first time since 1888. According to Jonathan Mizrahi, a Jewish-American quantum physicist, ......
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    Supporting our Veterans

    In honor of Veteran’s Day, we wanted to post some tips on how to best support the veterans in your community. Relationships: After a veteran returns home, it can seem as though you don’t even know him/her anymore. Many veterans are dealing with the stress of assimilating back into their communities while simultaneously trying to find a job, care for family members and deal with trauma from their time overseas. While relationships may be strained, they are also an extremely important ......
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    The Affordable Care Act and You

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires most Americans to have health insurance beginning in 2014. On October 1st, insurance marketplaces opened for the public to compare plans and purchase insurance. You can find the plan that works for you at www.healthcare.gov. How does the Affordable Care Act affect me? Great question! The ACA will impact your life in a variety of ways: - Under the ACA, children can be covered by their parents’ insurance plan until the age of 26. This means that young ......
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    Mental Illness Awareness Week!

    October 6th-12th is Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW). There are lots of things you can do to spread awareness at your school, in your community or among your friends and family. Here are some ideas: At school or in your community: - Post flyers with mental health facts on them. Consider using these facts: 1 in 4 young adults has a mental health condition. Stigma is the number one barrier to treatment for young adults. - Donate mental health books to your library. - Organize a NAMIWalks to ......
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    Scholarship Opportunity!

    Exciting News StrengthofUs-ers! We are thrilled to share information about the Lilly Reintegration Scholarship program, as outlined in excerpts below from a current press release. Applications are currently available to download and print at http://www.reintegration.com and must be postmarked by January 31, 2014, and recipients will be notified in June 2014.  Since its founding in 1997, this scholarship has supported students living with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and ......
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    Understanding your Parents to Better Understand Yourself

    Many young adults find it difficult to communicate or come to agreements with their parents. Even though it is considered a normal part of development, this can be very frustrating for everyone involved. How parents and caregivers relate to young adults or how they handle disagreements can vary widely, which is why it is important to understand what these differences in parenting styles can be attributed to. Those differences can include: Culture Education Religion Socioeconomic Status ......
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  • How to Help a Friend living with a Mental Health Condition

      Being diagnosed with a mental health condition is not easy. It can cause a person to feel sad, angry and/or shame.  At this point in a person’s life, the support of  friends is very important. A mental health diagnosis can strain friendships because of misunderstandings and misguided reactions, but it does not have to. Here are some helpful tips on how to help a friend. Learn about their condition: This step helps you to understanding what your friend is going through. ......
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    Taking Charge of your Life: 5 Steps to Reach your Goals

    Setting and achieving goals is a great way to take charge of your life and create the life you want. Thinking about your dreams, goals and future can play a huge role in moving forward in your life. Reaching a goal can boost your self-esteem, make you feel stronger, create a sense of accomplishment and contribute to your overall happiness—it doesn’t get much better than that!  Remember that living with a mental health condition does not destroy your future or your dreams. You ......
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