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Mental Health

8 Reasons to Choose Geriatric Psychiatric Inpatient Treatment For Your Loved One

By Dana Groom, Recreational Therapist & Ashley Dixon, Social Worker Your family member, Margaret, has started showing symptoms of depression. She hasn’t been sleeping or eating well. She has had significant weight loss. She no longer enjoys going to family activities and will often state, “I don’t feel like going anymore.” She has stopped doing [read more]

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Recreation Therapy and Mental Health

By Dana Groom, Recreational Therapist Imagine a therapy that would treat your mind, body, and soul. One that would not only help you improve your cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well-being but also cater to your own leisure interests and goals. Recreation therapy can do all of these things as well as provide you with [read more]

Journaling During COVID & Prompts to Get You Started

By Jaime Collins “My thoughts are private. What if someone sees my writing?” “My hand writing is awful.” “Ugh… sounds like work. I don’t need more work.” Not everything about journaling is perfect. On the other hand, my experience and the experiences of people who’ve attended my Journaling classes find the payback well worth it. [read more]

Suicide prevention by means reduction

By: Jennifer Miller Kass, MSW, LCSW Suicide is a serious public health crisis. Suicide is a complex behavior involving the intentional termination of one’s own life. According to Mental Health American four percent of adults have suicidal thoughts. More locally, per year: Grant County has 15.8-19.8 suicides per 100,000 people, Iowa County has 19.9-38.1 suicides [read more]

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Building Resiliency- Helping You Through the Tough Times

By Ashley Dixon, Social Worker Everyone is likely to experience a traumatic event at some point in their life. Unfortunately, it is almost unavoidable. The year 2020 has certainly provided its share of unique challenges and obstacles for many of us, to say the least. How we experience these traumas, and more importantly how we [read more]

Therapy can help…even when you’re not depressed

By Lacy Taylor, Mental Health Therapist There are many reasons why people seek therapy. Depression, anxiety, loss, and trauma are common reasons. But what if you don’t feel depressed or anxious? Could you still benefit from therapy? The answer is: absolutely yes. I have been a psychotherapist since 2015 and have counseled people for a [read more]

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Don’t Delay Today the Care You Needed Yesterday

By Jaime Collins, Director of Marketing and Communications | We have it good here in southwest Wisconsin. Most of us continue to be spared the worst havoc COVID-19 can inflict on our lives. Area hospitals did not see the overwhelming number of cases we all prepared for. Staying at home and cancelling non-essential healthcare visits [read more]

Helping Kids Cope With COVID-19

By Jennifer Miller-Kass, Behavioral Health Administrative Director These are unprecedented times. We are experiencing something that we have never dealt with before. With schools closed and no playdates or sports, families are spending more time together than ever before. Let us make it good time. Children are impacted in a unique way. Let’s go over [read more]

Be Kind to Your Mind: Support Your Mental Health During COVID-19

By Jennifer Miller Kass, MSW, LCSW COVID-19, also known as the “Coronavirus”, does not discriminate against anyone. Regardless of your ethnicity or nationality, it effects all of us. Right now things are unknown, and changing rapidly. This is causing stress in the population as a whole and makes us feel helpless. It is in times [read more]

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The Uncomfortable (Yet Totally Worth It) Work of Focusing on Yourself

Julie Stephenson from Southwest Health’s Community Outreach Department Shortly after I started focusing on my own personal development “work”, I realized my biggest call to courage was getting comfortable with my desire to dabble in unfamiliar things suggested by mentors or teachers. Things that seemed a little corny, woo-woo or just downright strange. One example [read more]

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