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

Everyday Strong: Feeling Safe, Connected, Competent

A friend of mine who lives in Provo was telling me about a meltdown her 7-year-old daughter experienced this week. Her husband was playing a game with their younger son when their daughter started to scream about how he wasn’t playing with her. Her husband’s first response was to try to reason with her about how he’d played with her earlier, but she kept getting … Continue reading Everyday Strong: Feeling Safe, Connected, Competent

Opioid Prevention Policies in Utah

Good Samaritan Law (House Bill 11) This law enables bystanders to report an overdose without fear of criminal prosecution for illegal possession of a controlled substance or illicit drug. Naloxone Law (House Bill 119) This law permits physicians to prescribe naloxone to third parties (someone who is usually a caregiver or a potential bystander to a person at risk for an overdose) and permits individuals … Continue reading Opioid Prevention Policies in Utah

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

Staying Social During Social Distancing

Stuck at home to avoid COVID-19? During self-imposed or government regulated social distancing, many individuals and families are finding themselves spending the majority of their days inside. Keep stress at bay 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! Fun social distancing ideas: 1. Try the … Continue reading Staying Social During Social Distancing

Encircle, and LGBTQ+ Youth and Family Resource

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, and LGBTQ+ Youth and Family Resource

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

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