Why Are Young People So Lonely?

By Melissa Riddle Chalos It used to be that loneliness was thought of as a plight that belonged to those in their later years. It was something experienced at the tail-end of life, perhaps arriving once you’ve outlived your prime, your spouse and your health. But today, loneliness is growing younger and younger. A recent…

Teen Athletic Injuries as a Path to Addiction

By Patti Richards No one plans on becoming addicted to opioids, especially teenage athletes with their whole lives and careers in front of them. But when a painful sports injury threatens to sideline an otherwise healthy young person, fighting through the pain is the only way he or she knows to get back in the…

Why Breaking Up With Addiction Isn’t Always Easy

By Christa A. Banister The struggle is very real for anyone who deals with addiction. Not only does it damage the mind, but it also wreaks havoc on the body, relationships and so many other facets of everyday life. And while the person who deals with drug or alcohol abuse may want to kick the…

Senior Adults and Addiction: A Hidden but Dangerous Risk

By Wesley Gallagher We all know health risks increase with age. But there’s a risk seniors face that often flies under the radar – substance abuse and addiction. You might be thinking, “Wait a second, Grandpa abusing alcohol?” or “The little old lady next door addicted to painkillers?” They don’t quite fit the common stereotype…

Modern Electroconvulsive Therapy Isn’t As Scary As You Think

By Stephanie Thomas Sometimes people who suffer from debilitating mental health issues test out countless medications and spend hundreds of hours in talk therapy to no avail. Situations like these must feel hopeless, even dire. If you or a loved one find yourself there today, we want to make sure you’re aware of another option:…

The Aftermath of Suicide: How Survivors Cope

By Kathryn Millán, LPC/MHSP Few things are more difficult than losing a loved one to suicide. There truly is no way to properly convey the grief that families and friends feel when someone they care about has attempted or died by suicide. It takes a great deal of strength to move forward after this type…

The Mental Health Benefits of Gratitude

By Taylor Davis Everyone can agree that gratitude is a good thing. It keeps us humble and focused on what we have rather than what we lack. It can help prevent indulgence, entitlement and negligence. Not only is gratitude a positive virtue that helps build these character traits, but it also can lead to many…

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…