By DeAnna Pearl, MAT, BS, CPS, SOS Tillamook Prevention Program, Tillamook Family Counseling Center Many efforts to prevent suicide focus on why people take their lives, how a person attempts suicide (the means they use) plays a key role in whether they live or die. Restricting access to lethal/harmful means of self-harm is an important strategy for preventing […]Read More An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Life
It is very important to address trauma, including mental health, suicide and violence in our community. However, we can do it through a lens that provides trauma informed information sharing while empowering our community with knowledge of long-term consequences of our choices. This also goes for the long-term consequence of our positive actions. While the urban […]Read More Mind Our Mind Headlines: Media’s Impact on Community Health
“Out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope.” These words of Dr. Martin Luther King were never truer than on Friday and Saturday of January 18-19th. Seventeen (17) individuals registered and completed this two-day course with one thing in mind, creating a suicide safer community. In a partnership Tillamook Veterans Services and Columbia […]Read More A Stone of Hope: Building a Suicide Safer Community
People arrive at suicide crisis for many reasons but, typically, it’s because they’re overwhelmed by a problem they may not be able to solve themselves. Stress becomes anxiety if left unchecked. Anxiety can lead to depression. Depression can lead to hopelessness that can lead to a person with thoughts of suicide. Left unchecked, an adverse […]Read More Inventory of Thoughts: Perspective of the Person with Thoughts of Suicide
What is Wellness? The Eight Dimensions of Wellness Definition of Wellness Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth. “…a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and […]Read More What is Wellness?: The Eight Dimensions of Wellness
How Do I know If I Need Help? Self-care check ins with on-line Self-Assessments Many on-line assessment tools and quizzes are designed to recommend further reading and resources that may help you better understand how you feel. However, following the advice of WebMD.com, “The site does not provide medical advice. The contents of the WebMD […]Read More How Do I know If I Need Help?
Carving intentional time for self-care Often-ignored but totally necessary, self-care is any action or behavior that helps us avoid triggering health problems (like increasing our risk for heart problems due to excess stress, for example) and benefits us by improving our mental and physical health through better self-esteem, less stress, and overall wellbeing. These behaviors help provide […]Read More Cost of Time for Self-care
What do I get Out of It? The Benefits of Self-Care Experts suggest we neglect self-care because it can be tough to make healthy changes and manage stress in better ways. Self-care is also sometimes associated with selfishness and lazy, over-indulgent behavior. This mentality might make us feel guilty for thinking we need to take a break from our […]Read More What do I get Out of It?
Priority of Me Time Self-Care in the New Year For anyone who’s been looking for a good reason to treat yourself consider this: You probably don’t do it often enough, and putting “me time” on the back burner is a big part of why we can all feel run-down, frenzied, and overwhelmed. Self-care, to the […]Read More Priority of Me Time
Lottery Tickets for Your Kids’ Holiday Stockings? Not a Good Bet Published Dec. 14, 2015 by Mary Ann Dearborn, LCSW, CPS Tillamook County Tillamook Family Counseling Center Updated 10/29/18 by DeAnna Pearl, MAT, CPS Tillamook County Tillamook Family Today’s is the first generation to grow up in a society where gambling is widely accepted and […]Read More Lottery Tickets for Your Kids’ Holiday Stockings? Not a Good Bet