Emotional Wellness

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...

Step Forward Walk @ Barnum Dyke, Seaside Park Bridgeport CT
May 19 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

First Annual STEP FORWARD Walk for Mental Health Awareness

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Registration/Check-In: 8:30 AM

One Barnum Dyke, Seaside Park

to benefit
Bridgeport Hospital's REACH Program

For more information and to register, click here

Building Resiliency through Psychological First Aid and Self-Care
May 21 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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.

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Humor Healing and the Power of Positive Emotional States
May 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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.

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How Psychotherapy Works
May 29 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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.

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Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month
Jun 1 @ 12:00 am – Jun 30 @ 11:45 pm
Assessment Of Acute Risk
Jun 21 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

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.

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