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Americans' latest assessment of their mental health is worse than it has been at any point in the last two decades, according to a recent Gallup survey:
The good you put out into the world will not only benefit the organization you’re volunteering with, but also will leave your family feeling good about the positive work you’ve accomplished together.
Alcohol can often become a crutch for relaxation, and lots of people have found themselves turning to alcohol more often during this stressful year. But as we all know, it's not long before the "solution" becomes the problem. So with that in mind, here are five ways to relax that are alcohol-free.
Did you know that drinking alcohol is a risk factor contributing to seven types of cancer? In fact, alcohol is in the same group of carcinogens as tobacco smoke and UV radiation! Find out more about alcohol and cancer here:
A comprehensive worldwide study of alcohol use and its impact on health concludes that the “safest level of drinking is none.”
Mental health is one of the biggest pandemic issues we'll face in 2021. Here are some of the most significant ways our mental health is being challenged right now:
People in your everyday life may be struggling much more than you know. So what can you do to help?
Trying to overcome addiction in a pandemic: Substance-abuse centers are shutting and relying on virtual programming, just as more and more people are relapsing.
For some people, stopping drinking suddenly can be very dangerous. If you’re experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating, dizziness, and nausea in withdrawal, please seek medical assistance urgently. Know the signs to better protect yourself while in lockdown or social isolation.
Here’s a tip sheet providing relevant information about grief, the grieving process, and how to cope with loss.
How to talk to loved ones when you’re worried about their mental health - an especially resourceful guide given the current climate of the pandemic.
Just when you thought the holidays were over, the season of giving has extended into 2021. Use this month as a time to put good vibes out into the universe and continue giving.
With COVID rates surging, many of us are spending a significant amount of time alone. Here are some science-backed ways to relieve loneliness even when no one else is around.
For many people, the pandemic has meant a more sedentary lifestyle. However, the times when we most seek rest and relaxation may also be the times we most need to move, for the sake of our physical and mental health. This coming new year is a great opportunity to prioritize movement and all its benefits.
We’re often encouraged to look outside of ourselves for happiness and fulfillment. We tell ourselves if only we had this or did that, then it would be enough - and yet, we’re left feeling unfulfilled. This feeling is especially relevant during the holiday season. Here are some tips to tame a wanting mind.
While there may only be a few days left, there’s still time to put forth your best effort in 2020. Close out the year with one of these five acts to end on a high note.
Learn about the powerful connection between alcohol use and mental health, and why it’s crucial to treat alcohol use disorder and mental health issues together.
A list of top 7 tips for avoiding a relapse this holiday season.
While you’ve probably been looking ahead for quite awhile, it’s now time to think about how you’ll spread kindness and love in the coming year.
Like all chronic health conditions, substance use disorder is a complex issue. But simplistic narratives or shameful language can prevent us from seeing this.
According to NPR, "San Francisco is preparing to deploy new unarmed mobile units comprised of paramedics, peer support counselors, and mental health professionals — not police officers — to respond to most calls for people in psychiatric or substance abuse crises.”
If this year tells us anything, it’s that many types of depression can set in this winter. Control what you can, says a psychologist.
Giving back and spreading the love this holiday season is sure to make your friends, family and loved ones smile.
Now more than ever, we need to expand access to addiction treatment. Learn more about how we can address this gap and begin integrating substance abuse disorder treatment into primary care.
Remember that domestic abuse spikes during the holidays and this year will be no exception. One-quarter of all women experience abuse in their lives, and lockdown measures are making it harder to get help. #BreakTheSilence
One of the biggest challenges to ending the nation’s drug overdose epidemic is the lack of available evidence-based care for a substance-use disorder, according to reports. Delegates in the American Medical Association Board of Trustees recently advocated for the need for better access to addiction treatment resources, and continued funding support in the fight against the opioid epidemic.
Now more than ever it’s important to learn how to best cope with life’s uncertainties. Here are some tips to help.
Whether donating money or time, giving back has been shown to make a positive impact that goes far beyond the initial act of giving.
More time at home means more time to ruminate and confront old emotional wounds. Here are some important steps that can help you foster forgiveness during the pandemic.
On Giving Tuesday, every contribution counts, whether monetarily or otherwise. Check out these ways that you can participate in Giving Tuesday 2020 and beyond.
The more you know: Nearly 50% of all liver disease deaths are attributable to alcohol misuse. Get more facts about alcohol and health here.
According to a recent study, "a 1 percent increase in the national unemployment rate could lead to as many as 154,000 additional deaths due to substance misuse or suicide alone — and we are currently at a 4.4 percent increase in unemployment."
Words matter when we prioritize treatment and ending the stigma. Here’s why it’s important to frame it as a “substance use disorder” and not “substance abuse”:
As the weather outside takes a downward dive, there are plenty of ways to lift spirits this holiday season. It’s time to spread warm wishes and cheer.
Leaders from racialized communities shed light on how we can shape an equitable recovery from COVID-19 with three main lessons:
How domestic violence survivors, a population at increased risk during a lockdown, are navigating COVID-19.
Although this is the most challenging time in our history, YOU can make an impact today and help us continue to thrive. In fact, if you donate between now and Dec 1st, your gift will be matched up to $25K thanks to Sally & Mike Mayer! Check out our new fundraising page for progress updates and to learn more. If you can, please donate - and if you can’t, please share!
Humans are wired to connect, and even our weak ties serve important functions. Here’s how to keep connecting with strangers during the pandemic.
For nonprofit organizations around the world, year-end giving is a major boost to help reach giving goals.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there’s new evidence to suggest people suffering from substance abuse disorders are at a heightened risk of contracting COVID-19, and of suffering more severe outcomes from the diagnosis.
While we can’t control what happens in 2020, we can all take steps toward remaining positive even on the most challenging days.
Here’s a valuable resource from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help you learn overdose prevention strategies and treatment efforts to prevent drug overdoses and death.
How will you practice thankfulness this November? These small but thoughtful actions can help remind you that there’s a lot to be thankful for this year.
Learn more about long-term recovery support with this list from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
Read ‘It’s everywhere’ – alcohol’s public face and private harm: The report of the Commission on Alcohol Harm (2020).
Here’s a list of resources for families coping with mental and substance use disorders.
On this holiday that usually centers around the scary, consider using it as a force for good.
Are you concerned about your loved one’s drinking? Here’s a helpful resource from The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism on how to talk about getting help.
The documentary “Step Inside the Circle,” the PSA film which is at the heart of the grassroots organization Compassion Prison Project, highlights the damage done by childhood trauma within incarcerated persons.
There are plenty of ways to cheer up somebody you love, many of them only involving your time.