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 New 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…

Help Wanted: Good Citizens to Support People with Mental Illness

In school, we all learned several ways to be a “good citizen”: vote, participate in community service, be a good neighbor, follow the rules, and treat others with respect. All of these are important responsibilities which contribute to a better society. But did you ever stop to think about how you can be a good citizen … Read more…

How to Find a Good Psychotherapist

I’m often asked by friends or acquaintances who are seeking psychotherapy for themselves or a family member if I can suggest a good therapist in our local community. I’m always happy to assist, because I know how important it is to have a good therapist and how it’s often difficult to know how to find … Read more…

10 Keys to Recovery from Mental Illness & Addiction

Having worked for many years with people in various stages of recovery, I’ve seen clearly that there is no one-size-fits-all formula for success. Each person will find some ideas that work well for them while other approaches  just don’t. If you ask anyone in recovery from mental illness or addiction, “What was the key to … Read more…

Let Your Light Shine to Help Others

I’m a clinical psychologist. I first provided therapy to help others way back during the Reagan administration and I’ve worked in a busy public psychiatric hospital for over twenty years. I also teach grad students at a large state university how to become excellent therapists. I won’t say I’ve seen or heard it all, but … Read more…

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