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Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Grief Support Groups in the Coastal Virginia Area

Support groups are a place where you can share your emotions and circumstances with others who understand how you feel and will not judge or criticize you. Support groups help you to feel less lonely by giving you a safe space to be open with your feelings. They also help you to develop healthy coping skills and to stay motivated to make positive change in your life.

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Does Therapy Have To Be Expensive? 5 Ways To Pay for Mental Health Counseling

We’re more informed and aware about our mental health than ever before, and that’s especially true for younger people. Yet, while we may be more open to the idea of therapy, a lot of people think that it’s too expensive to even consider. It’s true that mental health services can be unaffordable for many people, but there are several resources that can help you pay for mental health counseling. 

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Recovering Is Easier with a Friend Who Understands – Connecting with Peer Supports

In general terms, a peer is defined as someone who we can identify with. A friend is much more. A friend is a peer whom we can trust and rely on, and a person who understands where we are in life and where we are going. In mental health and recovery, a peer refers to someone who shares the experience of having lived with a mental disorder or addiction and has successfully recovered. Peer supports provide a human aspect of real connection with people through shared understanding and respect, and ultimately this supports abstinence and success in the recovery process.

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How DEI Programs Can Impact Your Community

DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) programs have become more prevalent in the last couple of decades, especially in the business world. CEOs and others in leadership positions have found that not only does working to improve diversity, equity and inclusion create a culture where employees feel valued and respected, it also has a range of positive benefits for the organization. But DEI programs aren’t just good for businesses. When we focus on DEI in our institutions, like our schools and health care organizations, we directly impact our communities for the better. 

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5 Ways You Can Help Support the Mental Health of a Veteran in Your Life

Veterans face unique mental health challenges in life that civilians do not, such as transitioning from military to civilian life, and psychological distress caused by wartime experiences. Research indicates that fewer than 50 percent of veterans returning from duty receive any mental health treatment, and in recent years, approximately 17 veterans die by suicide every day. Those that realize that they need mental health treatment often avoid doing so because of barriers such as stigmas, shame, fear, pride, lack of understanding, and lack of resources. Family and close friends typically are the first ones that notice the mental health challenges that veterans experience, and they often struggle with finding ways to provide support.

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Empowering BIPOC Starts with Access to Mental Health Care

While equality means that we give everyone the same things to improve their quality of life, equity means that we give different groups of people what they need specifically to improve their quality of life. This could mean that disadvantaged or vulnerable groups might need to receive different resources or more resources than other groups. Both equality and equity attempt to make things fair for everyone, but only equity can promote true fairness.

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Depression Is More Than a Weakness

Many people believe that depression is something that will go away just by toughing it out. Individuals who serve in the military, or those that have served, are especially subject to the instilled demands and expectations of readiness which perpetuate the idea that they must never allow their mental health to interfere with their assignments in life. Likewise, if treatment for depression is sought, service members mistakenly view it as a sign of weakness.

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Losing a Loved One to Suicide

When someone completes a suicide, it’s hard to push thoughts like ‘Is there something that I could have done?’ away. It’s normal to have many difficult, and sometimes even conflicting, emotions when you experience the loss of a loved one from suicide, but it is NOT your fault, and you do not deserve to feel like this. 

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