‘First Aid’ for Mental Health Concerns

Most of us are familiar with basic first aid approaches to manage medical situations, or perhaps you’ve even had a first aid course at school or work. But did you know you can now take a special type of first aid course to learn how to better handle mental health concerns and crises? I had heard about “Mental … Read more…

7 Myths about Physical Restraints in Psychiatric Facilities

We’ve probably all seen movies such as “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (starring Jack Nicholson), where an individual with a mental illness is placed in a straitjacket in a psychiatric hospital due to being aggressive or out of control. These images are often disturbing and hard to forget. Further, they perpetuate the myth that … Read more…

How to Help People with Challenging Behaviors

I’ve often been asked to address how to deal with a person with a mental illness or a substance abuse issue who is very symptomatic and who may be displaying unusual, disruptive or challenging behaviors. This is an important topic to address because the situation can be very uncomfortable and the person’s behavior may be … Read more…

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