Choose Compassion, 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 Choose Compassion, Break Down Stigma

Staying Social During Social Distancing

Stuck at home to avoid COVID-19? During self-imposed or government regulated quarantines, many individuals and families are finding themselves spending the majority of their days inside. Keep yourself busy and enjoy this rare occasion to stay at home with these 13 fun ideas. Be creative and adapt the activities to suit kids, teens, adults and more! 1. Try the Karaoke feature on the Marco Polo … Continue reading Staying Social During Social Distancing

Encircle

Encircle is a resource center created to bring the family and community together to enable LGBTQ+ youth to thrive. Many LGBTQ+ individuals manifest symptoms of mental illness that they may not have otherwise expressed if it hadn’t been for the societal stigma and shame regarding queer identity. Unfortunately, in the state of Utah, we have one of the highest suicide rates in the nation. It is the … Continue reading Encircle

Talking to Your Kids About Drugs

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. It may seem early, but starting these conversations with elementary school children is appropriate. Youth can experiment with drugs and alcohol even in elementary school, and it’s a great time to start clearly … Continue reading Talking to Your Kids About Drugs

Managing Emotions

Handling big, negative 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. The Four A’s Lynda Silva, Ph.D. Awareness Try to notice the emotion when it is just starting—when the ‘wave’ … Continue reading Managing Emotions

Understanding The Signs of Stress

According to the Oxford Dictionary, stress is “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.” Though we typically talk about stress negatively, not all stress is bad. Eu-stress, or good stress, is stress from positive things. Like going to a party for example, may be fun and exciting, but it can still cause strain on energy levels, … Continue reading Understanding The Signs of Stress

Healthy Coping Strategies

Practicing healthy coping strategies affects every aspect of our well being. They help us navigate difficult situations effectively and 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:  Consistently do activities that make you happy.  Small and simple things can go a long way to energize you. Listen to … Continue reading Healthy Coping Strategies

What is an opioid overdose?

What is an overdose? An overdose is a toxic amount of a substance, that overwhelms the body.  An overdose can happen with one substance, or a combination of substances in the body.  Some overdoses can be life threatening or fatal.  Let’s talk about opioid overdose. What is an opioid? An opioid is a type of drug that comes either from the opium poppy plant or … Continue reading What is an opioid overdose?

Prevent Bullying

Bullying is defined as … “an intentional act that causes harm to others, and may involve verbal harassment, verbal or non-verbal threats, physical assault, stalking, or other methods of coercion such as manipulation, blackmail, or extortion. It is aggressive behavior that intends to hurt, threaten or frighten another person. An imbalance of power between the aggressor and the victim is often involved. Bullying occurs in … Continue reading Prevent Bullying