Emergency Contacts, Lifelines, and Suicide Prevention Information and Resources

Suicide statistics in the U.S. • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. for all ages. (CDC) • Everyday, approximately 123 Americans die by suicide. (CDC) • There is one death by suicide in the U.S. every 12 minutes. (CDC) • Depression affects 20-25% of Americans ages 18+ in a given … Continue reading Emergency Contacts, Lifelines, and Suicide Prevention Information and Resources

Beach Ball Metaphor for Coping with Emotional Dysregulation

I first heard of the beach ball metaphor while watching a video through PESI (one of my continuing education providers). Arielle Schwartz, PhD uses the beach ball metaphor to explain how we can manage our dysregulated emotions. Arielle Schwartz, PhD provides a mind-body healing exercise that can help trauma survivors process their negative emotions without … Continue reading Beach Ball Metaphor for Coping with Emotional Dysregulation

How to Get Through the Day When the World Seems to be Falling Apart

These 12 tips are specific to living through a pandemic (COVID-19) where there are multiple tragic events and crisis occurring at once on a worldwide scale. A brief overview of the destruction that COVID-19 has caused • People are ill and dying from a virus. • People are socially isolated from family and friends. • … Continue reading How to Get Through the Day When the World Seems to be Falling Apart

Just Checking In

10 questions to check in on someone's mental well-being 1. How are you feeling, really? (Mental and physical)2. What's taking up your headspace right now?3. What was your last full meal and have you been drinking enough water?4. Have you been sleeping?5. What have you been doing for exercise?6. What did you do today that … Continue reading Just Checking In

Safety Plan on an Index Card

Materials and instructions Materials: an index card; colored pencils; markers; crayons; stickers. Instructions: this crafty project is for children and adolescents who need a little reminder of their most effective coping skills or ways to help them to stay safe when they are feeling overwhelmed or escalated. Having a safety plan written on an index … Continue reading Safety Plan on an Index Card