It’s Okay to Talk About Suicide

Suicide Prevention Emily Hauser, LMSW at Health West, Inc Suicide is something that still has a stigma attached to it. It’s something that is treated as though it should never be discussed, yet it’s very prevalent in our society. One common misconception is that the mere discussion of suicide can cause someone to become suicidal […]

<strong>SHIFTING OUR ENERGY FOCUS</strong>

By Emily Hauser, LMSW at Health West There are often things in our lives that we want to get rid of. Not just those socks that you can’t ever find mates for or the toy your dog ripped that keeps leaving stuffing everywhere. Rather, there are things like difficult feelings we want to push away, […]

Helping Children Through Thoughts of Suicide

By Cassandra Noyes, LCPC “I just want to be dead” is a statement heard more often now in conversations with adolescents. Hospital staff, school counselors, and mental health professionals are reporting larger numbers children struggling with thoughts of suicide, and suicide rates for adolescents have been increasing over the past years. Things like increased social […]

The Importance of Emotional Validation

By Doty Collins, Health West LCSW Many times I have heard a very well-meaning parent tell a child not to be angry, or sad, or upset. It is also very common for adults to tell someone in varying ways that they shouldn’t be as upset as they are, or that they are making things seem […]

Letting Go of What Doesn’t Belong to You

How often do you find yourself getting caught up in thoughts about someone else’s behaviors? One of our biggest sources of consistent, daily stress comes from frustration about how others have acted or treated us, as well as the way our minds attach to these frustrations.   When we can’t understand others’ behaviors, our minds […]

The Physical and Mental Health Benefits of Regular Exercise

Physical exercise can be extremely beneficial not only for your physical health but also for our mental health. Physical exercise is defined as a type of physical activity that is planned, structured, and repetitive for the purpose of conditioning any part of the body. This could be something such as lifting weights, following a workout […]

Gratitude

Gratitude is defined as a feeling of appreciate, a feeling of thankfulness, and a readiness to return kindness. The holidays are almost upon us, and that means the end of the year is right around the corner. With that in mind, it is also the time of year when most people and families start to […]

Why Compassion for Ourselves?

I don’t believe there are many of us out there who enjoy being criticized by others, especially if it is hurtful.  But, what about when we are critical to ourselves?   From what I understand, we tend to be our own worst critics.  You may be familiar with an inner critic that sounds something like: “you’re […]

Boundaries

When you hear the word boundary what do you think of? Maybe something to keep something/someone in or keep something/someone out? Maybe you think of a fence or some type of enclosure. What if I told you that boundaries are a way to improve your ability to let other people in, not to keep them […]

Importance of Emotional Validation

Importance of emotional validation

Importance of emotional validation. Many times I have heard a very well-meaning parent tell a child not to be angry, or sad, or upset. It is also very common for adults to tell someone in varying ways that they shouldn’t be as upset as they are, or that they are making things seem worse, or they are over-reacting. […]