How to Talk to Your Teen About Drugs

By Stephanie Thomas As your kid moves from moody middle schooler to angsty teen, you might find yourself calling your parents to apologize for your own childhood from time to time. After all, teenagers are … a complicated crew. Full of creativity, energy and passion one moment — broken hearts, slammed doors and all-day naps…

What Is It About Pet Therapy that Works?

By Pat Matuszak The counselor asked a subtle question now and then, consciously including each person in the group and giving them permission to share thoughts about their goals and difficulties. The atmosphere was remarkably relaxed considering the emotionally charged topics and each patient’s complex situation. One of the reasons for the calm was a…

Tips for Talking About Drugs with Your Middle Schooler

By Stephanie Thomas Let’s conjure up some middle school memories for a moment shall we? Here’s what I see: me, shorter and smaller than I am now but feeling large and frumpy. I have friends, good friends, and yet I seem to be both noticeable and unnoticeable – and always at the wrong times. I’m…

How to Talk to Your Elementary School Kids About Drugs

By Stephanie Thomas Seems like it was just yesterday when your toddler mispronounced every word from spaghetti (ba-sketti) to guacamole (monkey-bowie), all in her own sweet, flawed perfection. And yes, there were lots of talks of food in those early days. Now she’s learning to read and, gloriously, stumbling on her words again. It’s the…

Helping Seniors Find Connection During the Holiday Season

By Christa A. Banister While there’s plenty to love about the holiday season — gingerbread lattes, ugly sweater parties, repeat viewings of Elf and, of course, all the feasting with family and friends — what’s often been called “the most wonderful time of the year” can often be the loneliest time for so many senior…

Mental Health: Aftermath of a Hurricane

Each year, millions of people around the globe experience the trauma and devastation of a natural disaster. Since 2000, the five deadliest hurricanes in the U.S. have inflicted $209 billion in damages, destroying more than a million homes and killing 2,059 people.1 It is estimated that Hurricane Harvey, which devastated 50 counties in and around…

Teenage Opioid Addiction Is More Common Than You Probably Think

By Christa Banister Opioid overdoses are becoming so commonplace in the United States that, late this past summer, even People magazine kicked the Kardashians and other celebrity coverage off the front page to address the crisis. What was probably most shocking about the cover feature wasn’t just the sheer number of people who’ve accidentally overdosed…

Yes, You Should Talk to Your Preschooler About Drugs

By Stephanie Thomas Putting the words “drugs” and “preschooler” in the same sentence looks like the backlash to helicopter parenting gone haywire. Sure, today’s kids need an extra dose of reality, but talking about heroin with little Charlie? Seems a bit much. Hear us out. Experts believe the preschool years are the best time to…

The Stigma of Mental Illness

Being socially connected is usually a good thing. Building a network of supportive friends and family can help us sort through life’s complicated issues. But could our web of relationships become a tangle that holds us back instead of helping us move ahead? Can the expectations of others keep us from making healthy choices? Studies…

Common Problems

In the field of mental health treatment, there are a number of topics that are addressed regularly by professionals but are new terminology to the individuals who suffer from them. Family and friends are also often at a loss to comprehend what is happening to their loved one. This glossary of common mental health issues…

Peachford Hospital Completes Renovation

Peachford Hospital recently completed an extensive renovation to enhance our patient and family experience. To allow for continued patient care throughout the renovation, a new 20-bed swing-bed unit was constructed so that patient care could continue uninterrupted as inpatient units were being renovated. Facility improvements included the addition of the new unit, cosmetic enhancements including…