Breaking the Silence

Website for the American Mental Health Counselors Association's Breaking the Silence initiative to address mental health stigma.


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Healthcare on Our Minds

By contributing author Cassandra Riedy

It is hard to get through the day without hearing the buzz words “healthcare” or “health insurance” as the nation’s government tries to decide how best to keep the country healthy. The term “pre-existing condition” has been on many people’s lips as the debates unfold. For anyone who already has health concerns, this constant press and attention on the cost of treatment may make it even harder to cope with the daily worries and stress that accompany illness. If you find yourself unduly preoccupied by your or a loved one’s illness, you are not alone.

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Inner Peace

By contributing author Dr. Betty Hughes.

Imagine you are on vacation at your favorite place. You probably feel rested, calm, happy, and peaceful. What if you could learn how to feel peaceful like that most of the time? Would you be willing to make the necessary changes to accomplish that goal? According to Wikipedia, “Inner peace (or peace of mind) refers to a deliberate state of psychological or spiritual calm despite the potential presence of stressors.” Therefore, to some degree, inner peace is a choice that you can make most of the time.

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Our Elder Orphans

By contributing blogger Suzanne Walker.

“It’s paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to anyone.” ― Andy Rooney

Yesterday was Christmas Day or at least that’s what the calendar showed. Before 1991, Miss Lib has celebrated Christmas and all the other holidays with her husband and family members. After her husband’s death in 1992, her children left the house. 25 years later, Miss Lib, now 83 yrs old rarely leaves her own home. Coming of age in the Great Depression and WWII, Lib learned self-reliance and fortitude.  Lib’s husband of many years died over two decades ago and her three adult children live over an hour’s drive away and seldom visit.

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