Life can seem overwhelming. Between school, sports, relationships, and family drama, it sometimes feels like there’s no one to talk to and nowhere to turn for help. But when life feels that low, that’s exactly when you need to keep these 13 resources in your back pocket, because there is always someplace to turn and someone who can help you navigate your way through the darkness.

13_places_to_turn_for_help_copy.jpegWe’ve put together a list of 13 places to turn for help if you ever feel like you’re in over your head.

  1. If it’s an emergency, call 911. If you are feeling out of control and like you may hurt yourself or someone else, call 911. They can get you the immediate help you need to help you through the crisis.
  2. Go to your local emergency room. If you are scared to call 911, go to your local hospital. A mental health crisis is as serious as any physical health crisis, and doctors will treat you when you arrive. Make sure to request referrals to a mental hospital or outpatient treatment program to help you in your recovery.
  3. Schedule an urgent mental health assessment. Just like emergency rooms, urgent mental health assessments provide psychiatric emergency services for those in crisis. If you’re in...

“It is okay to not be okay.” If you learn anything during the month of May – Mental Health Awareness Month – remember those words. Depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia – they are all illnesses, and they are nothing to be ashamed of. If you or someone you know is hurting, it is okay to ask for and get help. Find the courage to ask for it. After all, “courage is contagious.”

Mental illness can affect anyone and no matter how tough, successful, or strong you are, mental illness can affect you. 

IMG_0970.JPG“Life is tough. It is tough for everyone.” That is what Michael Phelps, the GOAT, Greatest of All Time, told a packed crowd of mental health professionals and swim fans last week as he and Allison Schmitt kicked off National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day at SAMHSA’s “Partnering for Help and Hope” event at George Washington University. 

“The struggles I had weren’t easy,” Phelps said. Although he seemed on top of the world on the outside, on the inside, he was hurting. He said he pushed everything down, “compartmentalizing” the parts that hurt, those things that he did not want to address. He found himself at an all-time low – likely...

The American Nursing Association has designated 2017 as the "Year of the Healthy Nurse." During National Nurses Week, May 6–12, we’re celebrating the theme of “Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit” with five minutes with nurse Nancy Waldhaus, who was one of this year’s recipient of the Baltimore Magazine “Excellence in Nursing” Award.

Monica_Butler_Nancy_Waldhaus_Susan_Lieman.jpgQ: What was your path to being a nurse at Sheppard Pratt Health System?

A: I always wanted to be a nurse. I started out as a nurse in the oncology department of the Mayo Clinic, where most of my time was spent with terminal teenage patients. It was heartbreaking, and I started getting depressed. I decided to pursue a master’s degree in psychiatric nursing to learn how to deal with my own mental health so I could be a better nurse to these sick teens. After completing my master’s, I worked at the Menninger Clinic, then married an agricultural statistician whose work took us around the world. When we finally settled on the East Coast, I returned to Sheppard Pratt Health System, where I had worked for a few years between careers in North Dakota, Puerto Rico, and Minnesota.

Q: Tell us about your world travels.

A: So far, I’ve...

After working in the field for over a decade, I have had the wonderful privilege to meet hundreds of individuals and families living with autism. I have received a lot of questions from concerned caregivers and am sharing share some of the most common ones that I receive.

FAQs_about_autism.jpgQ. What is autism?

A. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is characterized by a number of things. Individuals with ASD may engage in repetitive movements (frequently rocking back and forth, stereotypic hand movements, etc.) or speech (echoing, or repeating what one says, etc.).

These individuals may engage in ritualized patterns of behaviors (touching light switches; closing all doors, etc.), or appear to only function with a rigid daily schedule or routine. They might have a preoccupation with certain items or objects (knowing every part of a washing machine; fascination with calendars and dates, etc.). They may also have atypical sensory interests or aversions (loud noises; crowds, etc.).

One of the hallmarks of autism, however, has to do with social behavior and communication. We typically see deficits in a number of social behaviors including: not being able to engage in social give-and-take, not showing mutual...

Life is stressful; you don’t need me to tell you that! Today’s world is full of competition, jam-packed schedules, and a constant need to have and do more. Levels of anxiety are on the rise—not just for adults, but for children and teenagers as well. Although having some stress and worry is a normal part of growing up, elevated levels of anxiety can be indicative of a more serious anxiety disorder. As parents, it is important to recognize the signs in your children and learn ways to teach them to manage their stress and anxiety.

anxiety_in_children.jpgAnxiety can be caused by a combination of genetic, biological, and environmental factors. Everyone worries and gets stressed, but some people are predisposed to develop an anxiety disorder. Anxiety can be triggered by a traumatic event, or it can seemingly arise out of nowhere. Many people who have anxiety may experience it when starting a new school, taking a big test, or in anticipation of a big event. Others may have trouble with social situations, while some may have specific fears. Anxiety is increasingly common among young people, affecting approximately one in eight children under the age of 18. 

But why is anxiety on the rise? Social media may be...

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