Healthy Relationships: Heart and Mind

Dr. John Van Epp, author of the book, “How to Avoid Falling Love with a Jerk: The Foolproof Way to Follow Your Heart Without Losing Your Mind” suggests using the RAM (Relationship Attachment Model) approach to gauge the healthiness of a relationship. The RAM method focuses on five different areas in which humans bond to one another: Know, Trust, Rely, Commit, and Touch.  To create and maintain … Continue reading Healthy Relationships: Heart and Mind

SafeUT app: It’s not just for suicide prevention!

Kids today deal with so much. How can they cope with everything with which they are confronted? There are options. A great tool that was created for youth today is the SafeUT app. This app is available 24/7, it’s 100% confidential and always free. Most people think of it in connection with suicide prevention, but that’s definitely not it’s only purpose. This app was designed … Continue reading SafeUT app: It’s not just for suicide prevention!

How to Do Yoga for Stress Management

When life gets stressful self-care can get pushed to the back burner. However, the less we care for ourselves, the less we’ll have to give. Yoga for stress management is a simple and free way to manage stress that anyone can do. It can be as simple as breathing exercises all the way up to complicated, challenging poses. What’s important is to connect your mind … Continue reading How to Do Yoga for Stress Management

Easy Ways to Improve Opioid Safety

Guidelines to Help Protect You and Your Family Opioids are often prescribed after surgery to help relieve pain. Below are some simple ways you can improve opioid safety. 1. Talk With Your Doctor If you have been prescribed an opioid, talk with your doctor about the risks and if possible, discuss alternatives to opioids. There are other ways to treat pain that are often more … Continue reading Easy Ways to Improve Opioid Safety

You Can Break Down Stigma

People with medical conditions need a supportive network to help them recover. Substance use disorder is just as much a valid condition as someone who is recovering from cancer. Any chronic medical condition requires support from a recovery community. Unfortunately, not all health conditions receive the same level of support. People with a substance use disorder can experience social isolation, stigma, and shaming, all of … Continue reading You Can Break Down Stigma

FREE Mental Health Classes Available Now

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI Utah’s mission is to ensure the dignity and improve the lives of those who live with mental illness and their families through support, education and advocacy. Check out the FREE mental health classes Nami is offering. Learn more about improving your mental health. NAMI Utah County FREE Programs Connections Support Group – Twice monthly for individuals … Continue reading FREE Mental Health Classes Available Now

Easy Steps for Tough Conversations with Kids

Starting a conversation about drugs with children can be difficult and awkward. However, communication between parents and children about this difficult topic is one of the most important protective and preventative factors. Below, we have a few easy steps for tough conversations with kids to get you started. It may seem early, but starting these conversations with elementary school children is appropriate. Youth can experiment … Continue reading Easy Steps for Tough Conversations with Kids

Protect Your Teen’s Mental Health

Teens today face a lot of challenges. When teens are struggling, they are more likely to make poor choices that will affect their future negatively. This can include misusing drugs and alcohol. On the other hand, when a teen feels good, they thrive! As parent’s, grandparents, teachers and mentors, you can do a lot to help protect your teen’s mental health against some of those … Continue reading Protect Your Teen’s Mental Health

Managing Difficult Emotions with the Four A’s

Managing difficult emotions can be challenging. When you become overwhelmed by sadness, worry, or anger, there are some things you can do to help you get through that moment. One strategy is called the Four A’s. This simple tool can help in many different situations. Managing Difficult Emotions with the Four A’s Lynda Silva, Ph.D. Awareness Try to notice the emotion when it is just … Continue reading Managing Difficult Emotions with the Four A’s

Healthy Coping Strategies for Kids and Adults

Practicing healthy coping strategies both for kids and adults affects every aspect of well being. They help us navigate difficult situations effectively, reduce stress and help us have more joy in life. There are lots of healthy ways to cope with stress. Below are some suggestions for things you can try:  Emotional Coping Strategies for Kids and Adults  Consistently do activities that make you happy  … Continue reading Healthy Coping Strategies for Kids and Adults