Coping with Family Conflict

Conflict is never pleasant, but tension between family members can feel particularly taxing. Being locked in the house together during Covid, spending more time around one another during the holidays, and sorting out familial or personal issues in a group setting are all fuel to the smoldering flames.  When you start to feel your emotions… Continue reading Coping with Family Conflict

Reaching Out to Loved Ones Who Self-Injure

Each year in the United States, around 2 million cases of self-injury are reported. However, this number is likely lower than the actual rate of self-injury because sufferers often keep their habit a secret. As a loved one, friend, partner, coworker, or trusted adult, you can become educated on self-injury and be prepared to have… Continue reading Reaching Out to Loved Ones Who Self-Injure

The Tough Conversations About Suicide

At Valley Oaks, we know it can be hard to talk about suicide. Mental health awareness has come a long way in recent years, but it can still be difficult to tell someone you’re concerned for them or hear about their struggle with suicide ideation. You don’t have to be a professional to engage in… Continue reading The Tough Conversations About Suicide

Meltdown or Mental Illness?

The “Terrible Twos.” This stage of behavioral development is called that for a reason, and it can be one of the first real parenting challenges. Toddlers dramatically fall to the ground and sob when naptime is announced. Sharing toys? Not going to happen.  Children learn to regulate their emotions—sadness, anger, disappointment, and even happiness—by experiencing… Continue reading Meltdown or Mental Illness?

Your Guide to Work-Related Stress

Americans are no stranger to workplace stress — and unfortunately, 90 percent of doctor’s office visits are associated with stress. Stress plays a significant role in a wide range of health problems, including heart issues, depression, anxiety, and high blood pressure. Some of the major factors associated with workplace stress include workload, work-life balance, and job security.… Continue reading Your Guide to Work-Related Stress

Parental Depression: How it Impacts Children

Depression continues to be one of the most common mental health conditions in the United States. In 2017, an estimated 17. 3 million American adults had at least one depressive episode. While studying the impact that depression has on children, it’s been found that untreated parental depression can result in negative consequences for children. As… Continue reading Parental Depression: How it Impacts Children

6 Ways to Support Self-Care for Someone With Schizophrenia

As a caregiver, you can promote self-care and help prevent symptoms of schizophrenia from getting worse. Being a caregiver of someone who has schizophrenia often requires extra understanding and effort. But your support can help your loved one decrease the effects of the condition and reduce the chances of a relapse. These strategies can help you promote… Continue reading 6 Ways to Support Self-Care for Someone With Schizophrenia