10 Steps to Better Health Through Improved ‘Health Literacy’

Toni Cordell recounts the story of feeling comforted when told by her doctor that her medical concern could be solved with an easy surgery. She agreed to proceed without asking further questions and didn’t understand the medical consent forms because she didn’t read well.  At a follow-up office visit a couple of weeks after the … Read more…

6 Great Programs to Learn More About Mental Health Recovery

Comprehensive recovery training programs now available through SAMHSA “Recovery to Practice” project The concept of “recovery” as applied to mental illness and addiction is widely accepted by both mental health professionals and by people who have experienced these issues first-hand. Recovery has been endorsed by both the US Surgeon General (1999) and the President’s New … Read more…

Why You Need a Little “TLC” for Better Mental Health

Exercise regularly. Relax. Eat healthy foods. Reduce stress. We’ve heard these recommendations over and over again. They are all widely recognized as being good for your physical health. But did you know these and several other simple but important behavior changes can also be vital for maintaining and improving your mental health? Psychologist Roger Walsh (University … Read more…

How to Be a More Effective Mental Health Advocate

When I first began my career as a psychologist, I certainly didn’t think of myself as an advocate and didn’t participate in advocacy efforts to improve mental health services. But as I began to work in public mental health settings, I became more acutely aware of the important work of mental health advocates and I … Read more…

How to Choose EFFECTIVE Self-Help Resources

It seems that just about everyone has read a self-help book, attended a support group or surfed online for health information at one time or another. Thousands of new self-help books are published each year. About 1 in 5 adults will attend a support group in their lifetime and 80% of Internet users have sought … Read more…

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