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Did you know that drug overdoses kill more people than falling, guns or even traffic accidents? The National Institute on Drug Abuse has a teen section aimed at providing teenagers with good scientific information, such as this fact about deaths in the US.    If you work with teenagers, or are a parent, this website and the blog for teens, is an excellent resource. There are articles about  tobacco use, spice, video game addiction, and stimulant use for improving gr...
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In our Coping group, one of the things we work on is interpersonal effectiveness. Interpersonal effectiveness has three parts--getting what your want, or your objectives; keeping the relationship intact; and keeping self-respect.  Trying to balance all three of these at the same time takes tremendous skill for many of us.  One of the things people struggle with is saying no to others. We worry people won't like us, will see us as selfish, hard to get along with, uncaring, etc....
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One of the hardest parts of recovery from a mental health problem is the misunderstanding that loved ones have about the disorder.  Frequently, our clients are told by their support people that they don't 'get' depression.  Why can't the client just get over it, let it go, move on? The reality is that very often, the inability to pull oneself out of the slump IS a symptom of depression. This is very difficult for people to understand if they have never experienced ...
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Talking About Suicide

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I came across another website that is working to reduce stigma related to mental illness. Its focus is specific to suicide. Suicide, whether it is completed or not, is a very upsetting topic. This blog, TalkingAboutSuicide.com is a collection of interviews going back to 2011 with people who have personal experiences with suicide. The blog's author intends to provide information, and document experiences people have. Most are attempt survivors.
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This was an article I wrote for South Meridian Magazine and thought I would also share it here as many of you are parents and might benefit from the information: In an effort to learn how to be more effective with children, I decided to interview a colleague, Trina Fisher, to talk about her work with children. Trina is a licensed clinical social worker in Eagle, and works with young children to help them cope with various issues.
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