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Imagine leaving your job and family, picking up everything to move hundreds of miles away to enter treatment for your mental illness or addiction. You’ve been searching for months for a program that can help and for what feels like the hundredth time, a doctor tells you that you are in the right place. Do you believe it? Maybe not—but what if you heard from someone who has actually been there?
Rogers Behavioral Health in Oconomowoc and West Allis have been growing some of their own produce to help children and teen patients connect plant growth to their personal changes, reduce food avoidance and keep meals and seasonal treats tasting great. John Williams, director of dining services at Silver Lake Outpatient Center in Oconomowoc, WI, makes a point to include children from the Child Center and Adolescent Center when he grows the produce that will be used in their meals and other dishes at Silver Lake Outpatient Center
When a teen breaks a bone, friends and family often ask for “the story” of how the bone broke, how long it will take to heal and may even ask to sign the cast. But when a child is challenged with a mental health difficulty, it can be tricky for him or her to decide whether to share their journey, when to share it or how to share it. Wisconsin’s Initiative for Stigma Elimination (link is external) (WISE) created a program—“ Honest, Open, Proud-High School (link is external)” (HOP-HS)—to proactively empower teens to make thoughtful decisions about disclosing their story (link is external).
For some, having a mental illness can feel like you’re caged by a monster, leaving you unable to participate in the daily activities that you would like to engage in. That is the metaphor that Ashley Samson, experiential therapist at Rogers Behavioral Health–Chicago, started with in December 2015 when she designed new projects for her patients. Over time, that metaphor was adjusted to be more relevant to the different patient age groups in Skokie, IL.
This Eating Disorders Awareness Week (link is external), countless people from around the country will share their stories of recovery to reduce mental health stigma (link is external), encourage others to get a screening, raise awareness and even help in their own healing process. Since anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder, bulimia, and other eating disorders affect all ages, genders and races, you might already expect that each person’s eating disorder journey is as unique as they are. But you may not expect the complete mind, body and soul transformation that each person undergoes on their path to wellness.
February 21 through 29 is Eating Disorders Awareness Week (link is external), an observance organized by the National Eating Disorder Association (link is external) (NEDA). This year’s theme: “3 Minutes Can Save a Life: Get Screened. Get Help. Get Healthy.” promotes early intervention and education about the causes, dangers and treatments for eating
An article (link is external)published by National Public Radio (link is external) (NPR) discusses a study based in the United Kingdom that researched two online programs that were created to treat depression. The results showed that the programs were ineffective, mostly because the patients weren’t likely to keep up with the program or remain engaged. The article goes o
When most people think of seeing a psychiatrist or psychologist, they picture talking face-to-face with someone. That is getting harder with a national shortage of psychiatrists. However, more providers of behavioral health—and their patients—are turning to and accepting an alternative: telepsychiatry.
Statistics show that this time of the year, 45 percent of us are going to make a New Year’s resolution, but of that percentage, only 26 percent will maintain our resolution past the first six months. It seems as though the odds are stacked against most of us when it comes to changing our ways and making major life changes, but Sue McKenzie, co-director of Rogers InHealth (link is external), insists that achieving lasting change is possible not only for New Year’s resolutions, but for achieving mental health as well.
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