Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Early Warning Signs
Not sure if you or someone you know is living with mental health problems? Experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviors can be an early warning sign of a problem:
- Eating or sleeping too much or too little
- Pulling away from people and usual activities
- Having low or no energy
- Feeling numb or like nothing matters
- Having unexplained aches and pains
- Feeling helpless or hopeless
- Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual
- Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
- Yelling or fighting with family and friends
- Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
- Having persistent thoughts and memories you can’t get out of your head
- Hearing voices or believing things that are not true
- Thinking of harming yourself or others
- Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school
What to do if...
- Someone I know may be at risk of suicide
- Someone close to me has lost someone to suicide
- My child has lost someone to suicide
- I’m concerned about someone who may have an alcohol or substance use problem
- I know someone who may have an eating problem
- Someone I care about may be overwhelmed with anxiety
- A friend of mine seems really down and may be depressed
- I want to help someone who is struggling
- I’ve offered my help to someone, but they don’t want to accept it
- I’m worried about someone, but I’m not sure if there’s cause for concern
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Registration/Check-In: 8:30 AM
One Barnum Dyke, Seaside Park
Bridgeport Hospital's REACH Program
For more information and to register, click here
In this workshop, you will receive concrete tools to support strong, attainable self-care practices and resiliency when working with vulnerable populations. You will also learn the impact of the stress response and vicarious trauma. Gain practical knowledge of Psychological First Aid (PFA), an intervention that fosters adaptive functioning and coping for your clients and your coworkers.
From the book by Hans Selye "The Stress of Life" to the eye-opening results of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs) on childhood trauma and health, the case is clear for the negative emotional, physical, and social fallout of severe and protracted stress and trauma. But what about the flip side? Where are we as it relates to the science and practice of positive emotional states and experiences? What is known about the healing power of humor, faith, spirituality, love, and social connectedness?
This workshop provides the mirror-side view of the stress literature. From author Norman Cousins and his lifesaving discoveries in "Anatomy of an Illness: As Perceived by the Patient, " Bernie Siegel's caring therapeutic approach "Exceptional Cancer Patients", the inclusion of irreverence and humor in Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT) as a core strategy, to the exciting neuroanatomical changes seen with a mindfulness practice, you will learn about and experience how positive emotional states can rapidly alter both physiology and mood.
Control-mastery is a cognitive, psychodynamic, relational (CPR) theory of psychotherapy to help clients overcome barriers to their well-being. The theory is an empirically supported and effective approach for therapists. Learning control-mastery, helps you understand clients’ behavior and motivations, while also elegantly explaining common countertransference reactions. Although the theory does not provide specific techniques, it is the foundation of understanding a psychotherapeutic stance.
Based on their therapeutic relationship, front-line and primary care clinicians, mental health clinicians, addictions counselors, nurses, case managers, and other helpers are often in the best position to obtain the most comprehensive information about suicidal ideation, substance use, and other self-harming behaviors.