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Supporting the Families of First Responders

Posted on 19/04/2022 in Anxiety, Anxiety & Depression, Blog, Depression, Depression & Suicide, Grief & Loss Care, Stress & Anxiety, Trauma, Trauma Care, Uniformed Personnel & First Responders

Many loved ones and family members of first responders suffer in silence. There is widespread awareness of the mental health challenges that first responders face today resulting from the stressful nature of their respective occupations. With this awareness comes significant media coverage, research studies, and numerous external supports regarding first responder’s mental health. However, often left out of the conversation is the stress endured by the families and loved ones of first responders. There is a lack of media coverage and public awareness regarding the psychological stress of first responders’ loved ones; further, there is a considerable gap in the… Read More Here!

 

PTSD in First Responders

Posted on 18/04/2022 in Blog, Trauma, Trauma Care, Uniformed Personnel & First Responders

First responders are a population that is at high risk for developing PTSD symptoms. This is because their job increases the risk of being exposed to potentially traumatic events. In fact, over 80% of first responders have reported experiencing traumatic events on the job, with 10-15% estimated to be diagnosed with PTSD.  Risk Factors Uniformed personnel and first responders are at higher risk for PTSD, but there are other factors that can increase someone’s risk for developing symptoms. These include: Seeing people get hurt or killed Not having a strong support system (family & friends) Having a history of substance… Read More Here!

 

Improving Intimacy in Relationships

Posted on 12/04/2022 in Amare (Sex, Intimacy, & Gender), Blog, Couples, Couples Counselling, Marital Issues

  Building intimacy in romantic relationships is a gradual process that takes time, communication, and patience. It’s all about feeling close to your partner and is built as you connect, grow, and feel more open and comfortable with each other.  It is important to note that intimacy can mean different things to different people. You may be thinking of intimacy in a sexual context, but that is not always the case. There are many different ways to experience intimacy with your partner, as there are different types of intimacy. This includes physical, emotional, intellectual, and experiential. Let’s take a further… Read More Here!

 

Breaking Down Six of Autism Spectrum Disorder’s (ASD) Common Myths

Posted on 07/04/2022 in Blog, Childhood Developmental Issues, Children, Children’s Mental Health, Common Mental Health Disorders, Developmental Disorders

  Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that looks quite different from person to person. However, it is often characterized by symptoms including, but not limited to, slow language development, cognitive delays, issues with social development, sensitivity to various stimuli (loud noises, smells, textures, flavors, light, temperatures, etc.), and unusual communication styles. Numerous harmful myths have arisen about ASD, and in this blog post, we will debunk 6 of the most common falsehoods about the disorder.    1. Autism is caused by bad parenting styles. Parents who suspect or have received confirmation that their child is on the… Read More Here!

 

What is Languishing? Identifying and Overcoming that ‘Meh’ Feeling

Posted on 28/02/2022 in Blog, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Common Mental Health Disorders

The COVID-19 pandemic and its accompanying restrictions have significantly affected our daily lives and, ultimately, our mental states. In the absence of some activities we would have enjoyed in pre-COVID times, many have been left feeling neither sad nor particularly happy. Trapped in a loop of a 'Groundhog Day’-like routine and subject to ever-changing health interventions, it has not been uncommon to feel like you are just 'going through the motions'. Even as health restrictions begin to be lifted by the government, you may still be stuck in this 'meh' mental state. This blog post will explore what this mental… Read More Here!