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12
Mar

Parents Meet PALCOHOL ~ Just Add Water!

Fda (Photo credit: Wikipedia) PALCOHOL – AKA Powdered Alcohol We want to take just a few minutes today to introduce our readers to PALCOHOL, short for powdered alcohol. Yes, we said powdered. PALCOHOL comes in a one ounce 4 X 6 inch package and according to the latest news on March 10, 2015, PALCOHOL received...
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11
Mar

Suicide In Rural America: Isolation, Stigma and Firearms

Have you ever lived in a rural community? Rural America can be simultaneously beautiful and isolating. You might find this to be an unusual question. Have you ever lived in a rural community? Based on the 2010 census only 19.3% of the U.S. population lived in rural areas, while 80.7% of the population resided in...
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06
Mar

Campaign To Change Direction, Give An Hour and Easter Seals

Are you ready to join the Campaign to Change Direction? Click to Enlarge This week a number of people and organizations are talking about the Campaign to Change Direction. According to the website: “The Change Direction initiative is a collection of concerned citizens, nonprofit leaders, and leaders from the private sector who have come together...
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05
Mar

Turning The Lens On Student Athletes’ Mental Health Issues

Youth Sport Safety Summit meets in Dallas, TX This past Monday, March 2, 2015, the National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) held their sixth Youth Sports Safety Summit in Dallas, TX.  The event was co-hosted by the Youth Sports Safety Alliance. According to the Youth Sports Safety Alliance’s website: “Since 2010, the Youth Sports Safety Alliance...
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26
Feb

Good Samaritan Laws Prevent Deaths And More

How much do you know about Good Samaritan Laws? We tend to reference Good Samaritan laws when we talk about being witness to an accident or happening upon someone who is having a medical emergency. Our natural instinct is to want to assist the person or to call for assistance. Historically, Good Samaritan laws were...
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19
Feb

Including Mindfulness In Social And Emotional Learning

Weather (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Parenting through the winter break… National news stories for the past month have featured the winter snow storms (blizzards) that just keep coming. The northeast in particular has been impacted, but the Midwest has had record storms and low temperatures and now even the southeast is in the midst of some...
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06
Feb

“Give It The Old College Try” May Not Be Enough When It Comes To Student Loan Debt

Money worries haunt college students from freshman year on… For more than 100 years people in the United States have used the phrase “give it the old college try.” Merriam-Webster’s dictionary provides a simple definition: a zealous all-out effort. In today’s world given the price of college and the debts incurred by most students giving...
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05
Feb

Colleges Grapple With Alcohol Abuse

English: The Mountainlair is the Student Union building at West Virginia University (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Grapple is an old-fashion word… You don’t often hear someone use the word “grapple” or the phrase “grappling with;” today we are using it in the sense of being engaged in a struggle or to try to overcome or deal...
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30
Jan

Mental Illness Affects One In Four Adults…

Here are the numbers… Mental illness affects one in four (1 in 4) adults. The National Institute of Mental Health wants us to understand that gathering statistics on mental illness is always a work in progress. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides the following facts and numbers: One in four adults−approximately 61.5 million...
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29
Jan

Bipolar Disorder ~ Receiving A Differential Diagnosis

Differential diagnosis maze… Maybe you’ve had the experience of making an appointment with your primary care physician to discuss some unexplained symptoms only to be told that you might have one of three different diseases or conditions. Many people receive a differential diagnosis when either they or a loved one presents at a hospital emergency...
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