Mental Health

Living Young At Heart

By Jaime Collins, Director of Marketing and Communications | Take cheddar cheese, for example. The aging process is not simply cheese getting older. I’m no expert, but I do know it involves adding not only bacteria to milk but also adding curdled milk from the stomachs of un-weaned calves. There is also nearly endless folding [read more]

Enhancing Mental Health Treatment with Psychotherapy

By Lacy Taylor, MA, LPC, Mental Health Therapist at Southwest Behavioral Services. Turn on the television and on almost any channel and within an hour or so you will see at least one commercial for a medication for the treatment of a mental health condition. Prescription medication for mental health disorders began development around the [read more]

Meditation and Stillness

By Jeff Wright, MA – On his “Mindfulness and Meditation” presentation as part of Southwest Health’s My Healthy Life seminar series. I think most of you have heard that secular meditation (AKA “Mindfulness”) offers many benefits for both mental and physical health.  There is a wealth of responsible research suggesting that ten to twenty minutes of [read more]

Welcome to a Trio of New Practitioners

Southwest Health is pleased to welcome three new health care practitioners: general surgeon Scott Houghton, MD; psychotherapist Lacy Taylor, MA, LPC; and orthopedic physician assistant Andy Stader, PA-C. Dr. Houghton is a highly experienced, board certified general surgeon. He earned his medical degree in 2001 from Creighton University Medical School and performed his residency training [read more]

Know the Signs – ENVIRONMENT

By Jennifer Miller Kass, MSW, LCSW, Behavioral Health Administrative Director at Southwest Behavioral Services People who have suicidal thoughts are often so overwhelmed by feelings of sadness and hopelessness that they think they have no other option. Environmental factors increase the risk for suicide.  Increased risk can often occur due to: A stressful life event – [read more]

Know the Signs – HEALTH

By Gerry Lou Sertle, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, Mental Health Provider at Southwest Behavioral Services According to WHO (World Health Organization) there is a link between suicide and mental disorders (in particular, depression and alcohol use disorders).  Many suicides happen impulsively, in moments of crisis, with a breakdown in the ability to deal with life stresses, [read more]

Know the Signs – BEHAVIOR

  By Noelle Hebgen, BSN, RN, Director of Inpatient Behavioral Health at Southwest Behavioral Services “Suicide is not chosen…it happens when the pain exceeds the resources for coping with the pain.” –Unknown Most people who are considering suicide will have warning signs and experience behavioral changes in the time leading up to the suicide attempt. [read more]