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Lucille Sherman Sun, October 10, 2021, 8:29 PM UNC-Chapel Hill officials canceled classes Tuesday after police investigated multiple reports of suicide since the start of classes this fall. “We are in the middle of a mental health crisis, both on our campus and across our nation, and we are aware that college-aged students carry an increased risk of suicide,” UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz said in a statement. “This crisis has directly impacted members of our community – especially with the passing of two students on campus in the past month.” “At Carolina, we strive to put our students first in everything we do. We are living in a world that is constantly shifting and changing. We are facing major challenges and the ongoing toll this takes on our health cannot be underestimated. This cannot be solved by one person, or on one day, alone.” Tuesday will be a Wellness Day in which students are encouraged to rest and check in with each other. Chapel Hill police records show two calls made to 911 over the weekend, one regarding an attempted suicide, and another for a suicide. The university said investigations in both of those cases are ongoing. Police call...
Brainspotting therapy, also known as BSP, is a speech-based therapy that unveils the unprocessed traumas a client has through fixed eye positions. Every specific eye position is linked to a “brainspot”--a region of the mind that holds on to emotions and thoughts. Brainspotting clients fixate on problematic brainspots to reveal mental challenges that have been covered up. If you want to understand what brainspoting is, this article will shed light, and if you feel this could be an ideal therapy type for you, reach out to Serenity GTrauma and one of our therapists will give you an assessment. How Brainspotting Helps in Addiction Recovery When brainspotting is used as a therapy, the brain’s limbic system is exercised--the area of the brain that controls impulse control and motivation. These are the key factors that play into addiction, as well as cognitive thinking skills, emotion and long-term memory. Addiction impacts the mind and body, so it is only natural to use a therapeutic method that targets the physical and mental components. Brainspotting is advantageous for treating addiction because it is critical to fight for survival on both of these fronts. When an addict’s mind is being traumatized, the body absorbs that trauma...

Long Covid is a bigger problem than we thought

The long Covid problem might be bigger than we thought. A large study has revealed that one in three Covid-19 survivors have suffered symptoms three to six months after getting infected, with breathing problems, abdominal symptoms such as abdominal pain, change of bowel habit and diarrhoea, fatigue, pain, anxiety and depression among the most common issues reported. Researchers at the University of Oxford, the National Institute for Health Research and the Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre studied symptoms in more than 270,000 people recovering from Covid-19 and found that the nine features of long Covid were detected by clinicians more frequently in those who had been hospitalized, and slightly more often in women. But Dr. Max Taquet, National Institute for Health Research academic clinical fellow and one of the authors of the study, said the results show long Covid affects a significant proportion of people of all ages. "We need appropriately configured services to deal with the current and future clinical need," he said. The study did not explain what causes long Covid symptoms, how severe they are or how long they will last, but it did show that people recovering from Covid were more likely to suffer long-term symptoms...
American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) marks September as Sexual Health Month. It is important to have a discussion about this topic because it is still such a taboo topic for many. We often talk about our health in the context of eating healthy and staying active, but we rarely talk about our sexual health as an important part of our overall well-being, which involves both our physical and emotional health. ASHA describes sexual health as “the ability to embrace and enjoy our sexuality throughout our lives.” This month is an opportunity to clear up any gaps in our knowledge regarding sexual health. World Sexual Health Day was first celebrated in 2010. The theme of this holiday is "Love, Bonding and Intimacy." Sexual health encompasses the mind, body, and spirit, and it starts with us first educating ourselves on this topic. Some of the topics that the ASHA is dedicated to promoting include safe sex, sexually transmitted diseases, and sexual assault. The goal is to diminish the stigma surrounding sexual issues while informing the public about sex and sexual health. ASHA states that being considered sexually healthy means: Understanding that sexuality is natural and involves more than sexual behavior. Recognizing and...
With the pandemic far from over, now may not be the right time for leisure travel. But that doesn’t mean trip planning is canceled too. There’s some good news for globe-trotters: According to researchers, looking ahead to your next adventure could benefit your mental health. Even if you’re not sure when that adventure will be. Some psychologists tout the mental benefits of vacationing somewhere new. One 2013 survey of 485 adults in the U.S. linked travel to enhanced empathy, attention, energy, and focus. Other research suggests that the act of adapting to foreign cultures may also facilitate creativity. But what about the act of planning a trip? Can we get a mental health boost from travel before we even leave home? Scientists talk travel Planning and anticipating a trip can be almost as enjoyable as going on the trip itself, and there’s research to back it up. A 2014 Cornell University study delved into how the anticipation of an experience (like a trip) can increase a person’s happiness substantially—much more so than the anticipation of buying material goods. An earlier study, published by the University of Surrey in 2002, found that people are at their happiest when they have a...
By Devon Haskins, KGW News Global apparel and shoe company Nike is putting some of its employees’ mental health ahead of productivity. It has closed its corporate offices for the week so employees can “enjoy additional time off to rest and recover,” according to a statement. The move is celebrated by those who work at the company, which has its headquarters near Beaverton. Matt Marrazzo, a senior manager at Nike, posted on his LinkedIn page “It’s not just a ‘week off’ for the team ... It’s an acknowledgment that we can prioritize mental health and still get work done.” Another employee, who wanted to remain anonymous, told KGW, “It’s not only a chance to recharge and keep us together, but also a thank you for an impressive year.” Liz Tippett, an associate professor at the University of Oregon School of Law whose work emphasizes employment law and practices, said it is a good move by companies. “I like raising the focus of mental health as a basis for people to take their time off, not just when they’re physically ill,” Tippett said. “I think it’s important to recognize the role mental health plays for workers and worker well-being.” While those...

September is National Suicide Prevention Month.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. This month is about raising awareness for suicide prevention. September 5 – September 11 is Suicide Prevention Week. World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10. This is a time to remember individuals affected by suicide, share stories and resources, and promote awareness as well as direct treatment to those who need it most. Although many people are comfortable talking about mental health these days, the conversation about suicide is still a scary one for many. Some are worried that asking someone if they are having suicidal thoughts will put the idea in their head or even push them to take their lives, which is not true according to research. Others are worried that they will not know what to do or how to help. This month is about learning more about suicide prevention, because every organization and community can play a role by knowing and recognizing signs of suicide. This also includes understanding what leads someone to suicide and finding ways to support someone, such as by opening dialogue when we are concerned or worried and finding and reaching out to helpful resources. This can help empower us and our communities. It is also...

International Self-Care Day

International Self-Care Day (ISD) - July 24     International Self-Care Day was established in 2011 to bring awareness to the importance of self-care as a vital foundation of health.   ISD has been celebrated around the world, in countries such as Australia, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, China, Iran, Kenya, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tanzania, the United States, the United Kingdom and Vietnam. The World Health Organization reports that the are at least 400 million people worldwide who don’t have access to the most basic and essential health services. ISD is about creating innovative strategies that go beyond the traditional models for healthcare.   In 2019, the WHO announced “Self-Care Month”, which starts on June 24th and ends on July 24th. The goal is to establish a community of practice for self-care. ISD-related activities have been focused on youth, seniors, the general public, occupational health, pharmacy, research, and the media.   Self-care benefits include: Enables you to respond better to difficult situations Can improve emotional health Helps you be kinder to yourself, cultivates self-compassion Builds resilience, allowing you to bounce back from stress, trauma, and burnout Teaches you effective coping skills that can be...
Treating PTSD, regardless of the type or root case requires a two-way partnership between the therapist and patient, as well as the willingness to try alternative therapies.  When it comes to using brainspotting therapy to treat people with PTSD in Los Angeles, Serenity Trauma Healing Center located in Malibu has an incredible tract record in helping a wide variety of patients get to the real source of their trauma, and slowly work to begin a fresh start in which each patient walks about with the ability to be the best version of themselves. This article will delve into brainspotting therapy treatment for people suffering from PTSD, while shedding some light on this method of therapy, its process, and who its ideal candidates are.  What is Brainspotting Therapy for PTSD? Brainspotting works to pinpoint, identify and process the core neuro-psychological root causes for bodily and emotional pain,dissociation, and a variety of challenging symptoms. Although every brainspotting therapist will add elements of their own unique approach, in general this trauma treatment method penetrates down to each patient's reflexive core.  In many cases when one has reached a zero distress level, a new layer, or floor, is broken into as it probes deeper...
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), 40 million adults in the US aged 18 and older are diagnosed with anxiety disorders--roughly 18.1% of the population. While anxiety disorders are very treatable, only 36.9% of those afflicted seek treatment. Anxiety disorders step from a variety of complex risk factors that include brain chemistry, genetics, life events, and personality. There are a variety of ways to treat people who suffer from an anxiety disorder, and one of the most successful methods is brainspotting therapy provided by certified trauma centers in Malibu, CA and throughout America. What is Brainspotting? Brainspotting, developed by Dr. David Grand while providing trauma support for 911 survivors, is an advanced type of trauma therapy that taps into the hidden awareness sectors of the brain. Brainspotting is a form of psychotherapy that recognizes eye positions connected with traumatic memories stored in the brain. Brainspotting therapy works out the cognitive muscles that enhance and strengthen one’s internal resources and engages in deep yet gentle work with dissociative disorders, childhood traumas, attachment issues and PTSD matters. Brainspotting enables mental and physical healing by regulating the brain’s command of the body, and is an ideal treatment type for...

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