Minds

What is a Safety Plan and how do you use it?

by Lacy Taylor, Mental Health Therapist at SBS Have you ever had a friend or family member go to the hospital or ER and leave with something called a Safety Plan? It can be hard to understand what this document is, how is it used, and who should have one if it’s the first time [read more]

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Try Seeing the World through Autistic Eyes 

By Jaime Collins, Director of Marketing and Communications It will surprise no one that there are a great many ways to upset strangers. What may be news, however, is that having autistic children presents a whole new array of possibilities. “That man is fat,” says my friend telling me the story of his seven-year-old daughter [read more]

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Dogs: Cute, Cuddly, and Good for Your Health!

By Breanna Callahan, Southwest Health Marketing Coordinator Pup. Pooch. Four-legged friend. Whatever you call them, dogs are great companions and great for your health. Once you get past the puppy phase, the crying (or more like ear-piercing howling) through the night while they are stuck in their kennel and the peeing on the floor, dogs [read more]

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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]

Advanced Directives: Making Hard Times a Little Easier

by Jessica Worek, Transition of Care Coordinator It can be difficult to think about what kind of healthcare you want if you become unable to make healthcare decisions yourself. But, it is better to make your wishes known now while you are still able to. If you don’t make a plan now, if the time [read more]

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Zen of Exercise

By Jaime Collins, Director of Marketing and Communications To read about exercise is to be told what you should do. This article is the complete opposite. This is about doing nothing. Well O.K., not literally nothing. None of us gets away that easily. As you read, be mindful I make the assumption you’re like me [read more]

Meditation and Stillness Groups

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]

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The Power of Art

By Lacy Taylor, MA, LPC, Mental Health Therapist at Southwest Behavioral Services. Living with a mental illness can be a lonely and stressful experience. You may find it difficult to think about seeking treatment and sitting across from a stranger while talking about your life, experiences, secrets and struggles. You may also fail to find [read more]

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Why Wait?

By Kevin Carr, MD of the Platteville Clinic at Southwest Health and the Cuba City Clinic at Epione Pavilion If you had 24 hours to live, what is something you would regret never having done? What’s one thing on your bucket list that you always wanted to do but couldn’t find the time? Spend time [read more]

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Do I just forget? Or is it more serious?

By Jodi Knight, Speech Therapist |   Wait, what was I saying? Where did I park my car? What was that man’s name again? Everyone experiences forgetfulness at times. But, at what point should you be concerned about your memory or the memory of a loved one? We all have our moments of forgetfulness. Yet, there [read more]

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