Mental Health

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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Gratitude in Daily Life

By Julie Stephenson from Southwest Health’s Community Outreach Department. “In daily life, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful. It is gratefulness that makes us happy.” Brother David Steindl-Rast. When we live gratefully, we notice what is already present, plenty and abundant in our lives, from the tiniest things of [read more]

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]