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Grieving the Loss of Normalcy During the Pandemic

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Grieving the Loss of Normalcy During the Pandemic

For the last six months, COVID-19 and its effects have completely rocked our world and lives as we know it. Although COVID-19 is an epidemiological crisis, the result and all the changes that have come with it is bringing about a new type of crisis- a mental health one. Along with feelings of anxiety, sadness or uneasiness, many of us...[ read more ]

Talking to Your Teen About Suicide

By Amanda Smith, LCSW September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, so there's no better time than now to talk about teen suicide. As a Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor, I have supported many parents, teachers, and community members in learning the signs and symptoms of suicide and how to address these concerns with their teens. In many of my...[ read more ]

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 ]

How to Use Essential Oils to Ease Anxiety

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety affects more than 40 million adults in the United States aged 18 or older. If you’re one of them, you know firsthand how hard it can be to deal with and manage anxiety on a daily basis, especially when it hinders you from doing daily activities like going to work...[ read more ]

How Journaling For Five Minutes a Day Can Greatly Improve Your Mental Health

Although 2020 has been a mess of a year, one good thing to come out of it has been this new age of self-care and being more open when it comes to talking about mental health and mental health practices, especially on social media. One ‘trend’ that has boomed in recent years has been journaling. If you’re new to this...[ 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 ]

A Summer of Social Distancing

As the weather continues to heat up the coronavirus shows no signs of slowing down or letting up anytime soon with over 100,000 confirmed cases in North Carolina and over 4 million confirmed in the entire U.S. With that in mind, our summer plans are certain to change. Gone are the days of large family gatherings and cookouts with our...[ read more ]

Fighting the Mental Fog

By Shanna Dickens Toxic stress, chronic illness and trauma can cause many symptoms, but one that I hear most often from my clients is mental fog. Mental fog can be our body's way of communicating that we have a need that isn’t being met. It can feel terrifying for your brain to suddenly feel like it doesn’t work when the...[ read more ]

Benefits of Meditation

Do you meditate? According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, “meditation is a mind and body practice that has a long history of use for increasing calmness and physical relaxation, improving psychological balance, coping with illness, and enhancing overall health and well-being”. Meditation, yoga and mindfulness have been the topic of discussion for some time now and...[ read more ]