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Silver Hill began this blog to share our expertise and begin a dialogue with the public about mental illness. It is our hope that this will help to demystify and destigmatize a disease that has been shrouded in misperceptions, confusion and often incorrect information. We cover a range of topics, from suicide to addiction to gardening, and the importance of nutrition in caring for the brain. 

 

We hope you will submit questions and comments so we can further explain an illness that affects one in four Americans. If there are any other topics you would like covered, please send them along too.

 

We hope you will find this helpful, and look forward to hearing from you.

 

  
Understanding Depression: More Than a Bad Day
Everyone feels sad once in a while, but depression is more than normal sadness and doesn’t go away in a few days. It is a serious, yet treatable, illness that affects an estimated 16 million Americans. Depression interferes with a person’s ability to function and get through their daily routine. If left untreated, it can lead to extreme hopelessness and suicidal thoughts or actions. Depression is not caused by one single factor. While genetics can play a role in the cause of depression, it can happen spontaneously or be triggered by a life crisis, serious physical illness, childbirth or other major life events. 
Posted: 5/21/2015 9:18:30 AM by Silver Hill Admin | with 0 comments

 

  
5 Tips for Speaking to Children and Teens about Mental Illness

Mental illness is not uncommon. One in four people will struggle with a diagnosable mental illness every year. That means that it will most likely affect you, someone you know and love, or even your kids. But unlike other illnesses, there is still a stigma attached to mental illness and behavioral problems. When it comes to kids, many will begin to develop a stereotypical image of mental illness as they get older based on what they see in the media or hear from friends, which is why education is important. So the question arises - when and how can we talk to our kids about mental illness in a way that will be educational and reassuring? 

Posted: 4/27/2015 9:11:36 AM by Silver Hill Admin | with 0 comments

 

  
National Volunteer Week 2015 - Celebrate Service: April 12th to 18th
National Volunteer Week is a time to celebrate the millions of volunteers who donate their time to better their communities. Between September 2013 and September 2014, about 63 million people, or 25% of the population, volunteered at least once. The hours of service given in the last year were valued at $173 billion; the average value of a volunteer hour in the U.S. is $22.55 ($26.43 in Connecticut). 
Posted: 4/13/2015 8:36:03 AM by Silver Hill Admin | with 0 comments

 

  
Alcohol Awareness Month 2015 - The Importance of Early Education
Taking a sip of alcohol before the age of 21 seems pretty harmless to most teens, but the truth is drinking has damaging effects when abused. It’s important to educate kids at a young age about the risks associated with alcohol, which is why "For the Health of It: Early Education on Alcoholism and Addiction" is the theme of this year’s National Alcohol Awareness Month
Posted: 4/1/2015 8:27:05 AM by Silver Hill Admin | with 0 comments

 

  
National Social Workers Month – 60th Anniversary
March is the 60th anniversary of National Social Work Month, a time to recognize the invaluable role social workers play in patient care and recovery, especially in the mental health field.
Posted: 3/16/2015 8:15:27 AM by Silver Hill Admin | with 0 comments

 

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Understanding Depression: More Than a Bad Day

5 Tips for Speaking to Children and Teens about Mental Illness

National Volunteer Week 2015 - Celebrate Service: April 12th to 18th

Alcohol Awareness Month 2015 - The Importance of Early Education

National Social Workers Month – 60th Anniversary

Depression in Teens and the Role of Stress

A Healthy Diet Can Improve Your Mental Health

Developing a Positive Body Image in Children

Binge Eating Disorder

Eating Disorders: An Overview

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