There are many things in life that are out of our control. Some things are easier than others to accept; traffic laws, how others drive or the options available at a restaurant. But over the last few months the types of uncontrollable things can feel overwhelming. From being told
During the last part of Mental Health Awareness Month, we will focus on one of the commonly misunderstood mental health disorders; bipolar disorder. It’s used to describe a person’s mood swings. While mood swings in some way are a part of the disorder, it is not a complete in
Many website, organization and news channels keep repeating the same phrase: Take care of your mental health. But, what can you do realistically with the current pandemic to take care of your mental health? An important and maybe the first thing a person can do is empower themsel
As most of our communities remain largely closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many have turned to their pets for stress relief. What makes a person desire animal companionship? Some people had a pet during childhood while others have pets to assist them with a physical o
Since the early 1970s, alternative forms of stress-reduction have been studied as possible treatments for depression and anxiety. Yoga didn’t receive much attention on this thought until it became overall more popular in the past decade. Classes can vary from gentle to strenuou
With the recent COVID-19 social/physical distancing requirements, Lifeline Connections has transitioned all outpatient services to telehealth. This includes assessments, therapy, group sessions and outpatient and problem gambling treatment. What is telehealth? Telehealth is healt
It’s well known that everyone needs to get enough sleep and the recommended hours are seven to nine hours a night. But the majority of adults don’t get this basic need filled. It could be long hours at work or other obligations. Sometimes it’s stress that keeps peop
As we enter into May (Mental Health Awareness Month) when the weather begins to warm up and the days aren’t as short, for 2020 it is during a time of isolation with the COVID-19 pandemic. For some, not a lot has changed in their daily lives. But for others, they are experie
The Spring 2020 Newsletter highlights the generous community support we’ve received during the COVID-19 pandemic, gives updates about Camp Mariposa and brings hope with a patient success story! Click here to download and read the full version of the Spring 2020 Newsletter.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and has been observed in the United States since 1949. Many organizations come together to promote treatment and how common mental health disorders are. During times of crisis, like with COVID-19, it is even more important that people know whe
So many people are experiencing additional stress, anxiety or depression for the first time in their lives being isolated in the past months. Just about everyone has had some type of change in their life; whether it be working from home, having kids at home doing schoolwork, unab
Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, Southwest Washington Accountable Community of Health Meet Lifeline COVID-19 Needs
Even before Washington State Governor Jay Inslee issued a stay-at-home order, the Community Foundation for Southwest Washington put together a COVID-19 Response Fund to help local nonprofits serving those hit hardest by the pandemic. Within a week, Southwest Washington Accountab
Alcohol awareness month is nearing an end and there are many reasons why we need to remember the damaging effects it has. With each new generation there are still large numbers of adolescents and adults who need serious help to move toward recovery. Many people ask themselves, wh
How is your mental health since COVID-19 became a headline, have you done a mental health check-in? Have there been dramatic changes to your daily life, or is it business as usual? Mental health is one of the most important things a person needs to take care of, especially in tim
April is National Alcohol Awareness Month. During April the CDC takes time to focus on the health risks that come from binge drinking, drinking alcohol or having alcohol use disorder. Alcohol use disorder is one of the most common substance use disorders. Drinking on occasion is
With the growing shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) many businesses and people are making and using handmade, cloth face masks. Many people are asking if they are safe, how to sanitize them and if they’re wearing them correctly. How to wear cloth face masks Wash yo
In the final part of our effect of COVID-19 and mental health series, we will take a closer look at the things children and teenagers experience and how to best help them. Not all children respond the same to stress and there are many ways your child may act depending on the age.
In the third part of this four part series, we will explore two additional groups of people and how to best support their mental health during COVID-19. Older People According to the CDC, adults 65 and over are at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. This can cause a l
During this second part of the Effect of COVID-19 and Mental Health series, we’ll take a closer look at each section touched on in Part 1. Those in the healthcare field The mental health of our front line medical teams and administrative support is critical. In many cases they
With the uncertainty of when our lives will get back to business as usual, many people that have never experienced a mental health disorder are beginning to understand what anxiety and depression are like. This new, overwhelming feeling can leave them feeling lost during times of
Many states have issued “stay home, stay healthy” orders to help flatten the curve of the COVID-19 virus. This leaves most people with a lot more time at home whether they are working, teaching their children lessons or trying to find creative activities to occupy their time.
Did you know that anxiety is the most common mental health condition in the US? Over 40 million people over the age of 18 are managing anxiety. That’s over 18% of the total population. These numbers are without factors like the current pandemic that forced schools and some busi
With many businesses closed and restrictions set on how many people can gather together during this time of social distancing, people need to know where to go for recovery support. Are there online recovery resources? What about over the phone? Staying active in the recovery comm