Wellness Resources

Mental Health and Spirituality: Affirming a Cultural Narrative

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By Aleisha GarvinNovember 17, 2019 Faith: the solid foundation According to a recent Gallup survey, African Americans are the most religious culture in the United States. Our faith and religious beliefs can be traced back to slavery as being the sure solid foundation that has sustained us through hard times and helped us to become a resilient people. Our ancestors no doubt experienced what we now know as Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD to name a few diagnoses that were unnamed in that era. We were taught to be strong, both mentally and physically. We were taught to overcome hardships....

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The Art of Mindfulness

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by Forrest ParkinsonOctober 16, 2019 A Better WayCultivating a prayerful mind is a worthy priority for Christians and anyone seeking a deeper peacefulness and more harmonious adjustment to the challenges of daily life. Take a moment to reflect on the habitual workings of your mind and consider the anxieties, worries and distractions that pull you away from experiencing the fullness of your life in the moment, right now.Most people can identify about ten to twenty pressing thoughts that they process over and over with slight variations. This sort of repetitive thinking usually produces no...

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Body and Soul

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By Craig CanfieldOctober 16, 2019 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Gen. 1:27  If we are all “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Ps. 139:14) as a basis of the imago Dei (image of God), shouldn’t we focus on taking care of and valuing our physical state? Every therapist who has lost a patient to heart disease knows how the body in therapy can be betrayed. After all, we are told that there are physicians who can tend to these issues. Like so many other things in which we are told not to meddle, we are often told that...

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Free Chicken

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by Anthony StephensAugust 15, 2019 . This is not meant to be a “Yea, Me” article. There is definitely some ‘free chicken’ (i.e. good information that sets you up for success in ‘Army-speak’). Nonetheless, I am not un-proud of completing, by the grace of God, the 140.6 miles of Ironman Lake Placid in about 15 hours. Here is the ‘free chicken’: it was a spiritual and practical journey and I learned some lessons that I would like to share below. These came from the many angelos (Greek for “messengers”) that were placed in my journey. Race as if you are always on camera:  A long time ago I...

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What is Trauma?

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What is Trauma? How Does it Affect Me and My Family? By Janet SiryJune 25, 2019 What do you think of when you hear the word “trauma”? Perhaps you think of a recent major disaster caused by man or nature. Maybe you remember something that happened in your own life that changed your perceptions of the world around you. Do you remember a recent visit to the emergency room or hospitalization for yourself or a loved one? Did someone you cared deeply about die recently? What images come to mind for you when you visualize that memory? Physiological and psychological stress occurs for adults...

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Nothing New Under the Sun

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By Danita WrightMay 20, 2019 Today’s society appears to be overwhelmingly in emotional pain and distress. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, 17.3 million adults had at least one major depressive episode in 2017; 11 million had a depressive episode that impaired their daily life. 19.1% percent of the population of the United States has had difficulty with anxiety. These numbers are staggering but let’s look at some of the causes: bullying, depression, physical and sexual abuse, infertility. Statistics show that 49% of children grades 4-12 have been bullied, 30.8% admit to...

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