Pipe Full of Focus – how to do that which you can’t

by Jaime Collins, Director of Marketing and Communications at Southwest Health |  My ignorance is sometimes a big plus. On specific occasions, I find it very helpful to dredge up some inner unawareness. Which is totally not hard for me, but the thing is, with it I can do just about anything. It’s a matter [read more]

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Battling Depression with Mindfulness

by Katie Grady, MSW, CAPSW, Social Worker at Southwest Behavioral Services |  If you have anxiety and/or depression, at one time or another I am sure that you have desperately wished you were able to turn your thoughts off, even if just for a minute or two. This seems impossible since our thought processes are [read more]

5 Secrets to Aging Well

Aging, growing old, getting up there, past your prime; however you say it, it’s going to happen to all of us. It can be difficult too, and scary. Especially if you’re faced with aging alone or with limited assistance. Many people even have special needs as they grow older. The basics, however, remain the same. [read more]

Smile. It’s Monday.

It might surprise you to know it there’s no proof to the old saying, “It takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile.” On average a smile uses 12 muscles and a frown 11. Still, because humans generally smile more than they frown, our smiling muscles are naturally stronger. That makes smiling easier. [read more]

What’s your favorite park?

Smith, Splinter, Lions, Legion, Hickory Hills, Bond, Belmont Mound, Mound View, First Capital, Soldiers Memorial, Governor Dodge, Wyalusing, Nelson Dewey, Harrison, Highland, …. and the list goes on. Some people travel the world in search of beauty, fun, and adventure. Others know they can find it right here at home… in our area parks. Virtually [read more]

SBS to host speaker during World Suicide Prevention Week

12.8 minutes. That is how often someone dies by suicide in this country every year. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for Americans and for one family that painful reality of losing a child to suicide has propelled them to lend their voices to end the stigma of suicide. Terry and Patti Cullen [read more]

Has Nature Deficit Disorder Got You Down?

Nature Deficit Disorder is not a diagnosed condition but rather a term made popular by author and child advocacy expert Richard Louv in his 2005 best-selling book, Last Child in the Woods. In it, Louv explains that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for the physical and emotional health of [read more]

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The Truth About Panic Disorders

by Nicole Steldt, Social Worker at Southwest Behavioral Services     What is a Panic Disorder? Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder. Anxiety Disorders are the most common mental health disorder in the United States. Approximately 40 million adults in the United States are living with anxiety, which causes them to have excessive [read more]

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