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How Covid-19 Might Increase the U.S Suicide Rate

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How Covid-19 Might Increase the U.S Suicide Rate

Did you know that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and in 2018 alone there was an estimated 1.4 million reported suicide attempts with 48,344 Americans dying by suicide in 2018 (you can learn more about suicide warnings and risk factors here). September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and with the coronavirus continuing on,...[ read more ]

The Importance of Employee Wellness

"The vision at Stillpoint Counseling is to decrease the effects of chronic stress in the lives of people in our community.  This is one way we can work towards that mission.  It is my passion to help people recognize stress in their body and feel empowered to transform it in order to see lasting change in their lives." ~Jessica King,...[ read more ]

If You’ve Experienced Trauma, EMDR Might Be For You

According to Merriam Webster, Trauma is defined as “a disordered psychic or behavioral state resulting from severe mental or emotional stress or physical injury.” While it’s completely normal to have an adverse reaction immediately after a traumatic event, there can sometimes be longer-term reactions such as unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, or strained relationships. Sometimes trauma manifests through physical symptoms like headaches,...[ read more ]

Social Media is Changing the Way We Talk About Mental Health

Mental illnesses like depression and anxiety are extremely common in the United States with nearly one in five U.S adults living with some sort of mental illness (more than 46 million in 2017). Living with a mental health issue can be extremely isolating, and hard to talk about especially with the stigma surrounding mental health.    However, lately, we’ve seen...[ read more ]

Finding Your Stillpoint During Times of Uncertainty

2020 has been a whirlwind, to say the least and if you’re feeling the effects of what is happening in the world (mentally, physically or both) you’re not alone. According to a study conducted in March, 48% of Americans reported feeling anxious about the possibility of getting coronavirus, 36% reported that coronavirus fears have had a serious impact on mental...[ read more ]

COVID UPDATE: Continuing Telehealth and Limited Opening of Office

I am so grateful for the STILLPOINT community and feel so much joy in being able to serve Wilmington, North Carolina.  The past several months has presented uncertainty for clients, therapists, and teachers, and I want to thank everyone for their ability to shift and adjust even during challenging times.    When our state mandated that we shelter in place,...[ read more ]

Tips for Strengthening Your Relationship While Self-Isolating

If you and your partner are self-isolating you may be spending a lot more time together than normal, or trying to navigate both of you working from home or simply learning to cohabitate in general. It’s no surprise that some tensions may rise while you both try to navigate this new ‘normal’. Although this is a strange and uncertain time,...[ read more ]

Isolation, Advocacy, and the Transgender Community during COVID

by Kendall Tidey, LCSWA For most of us, social distancing in the wake of COVID-19 has been a dramatic shift from the hyper-connected lives we lead. If you work in an office, travel for business, or are used to a busy social life (or any social life), living in isolation has deleted parts of life you relied on for that...[ read more ]

Are You Having a Panic Attack?

If you suffer from anxiety, chances are you’ve experienced a panic or anxiety attack at least once in your life. Even if you don’t suffer from anxiety, you can still experience panic attacks or anxiety attacks. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, a panic attack is “the abrupt onset of intense fear or discomfort that reaches a...[ read more ]

Dealing With Depression While Self Isolating

Over the last few weeks, life as we know it has changed completely. As we adjust to our new normal, we’re starting to think about and envision how our futures have changed due to the coronavirus pandemic. One of the most profound changes has been social distancing and self isolating to help slow the spread of the virus. We’re currently...[ read more ]