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How Voice and Vision Staff Care for Their Mental Health

Voice and Vision staff care for mental health
At Voice and Vision, mental health is important so we encourage each other to practice techniques that reduce stress and promote wellness. For Mental Health Awareness Month, some of our staff shared their tips for maintaining their mental health. Perhaps you’ll find one or two that might work for you as well!  Enjoy. Making Friends and Walking Walking is great for mental health. “Making friends [is one way I take care of my mental health]. [Before], I was a self-isolator...

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The Healthy Breakfast Habit

I hate to admit it, but I have several unhealthy food habits. One involves a puffy corn snack; it is salty and buttery and it melts in my mouth. If it is in the house, I am virtually powerless to resist it. (Obviously I’m not trying too hard, or I’d stop buying it!) My other unhealthy food habit is eating dinner in front of the TV. I know this isn’t good for me, but because my husband currently works evenings, and I find eating dinner alone to be incredibly bleak, I park myself and my dinner...

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Mental Health Awareness Month 2019

Mental Health awareness month 2019
This year marks the 70th anniversary of Mental Health Awareness Month.  Since its inception, we have certainly come a long way in terms of knowledge and treatment of mental illness.  It’s individuals like you who continue the conversation, push for legislation change, and advocate for the right treatment, who make progress possible.  However, we are not quite ‘there’ when it comes to eradicating stigma and getting people well.  We still need to spread the word and...

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Overcomers: A Peek Inside a Life with Autism

A Life with Autism
During Autism Awareness month, many organizations share facts and statistics about autism as part of their campaigns.  I like this and I learn a lot from it, but I’m not always good at remembering them.   And I think that’s ok. Don’t get me wrong.  The facts and figures are great for raising awareness.  However, I believe a true shift in perspective occurs when one gets to know the stories of the families and individuals behind any given cause.  I’m also more...

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Why I Choose to have a Mammogram Every Year

I had my yearly mammogram today. Not my favorite thing to do, but I’m happy to say that the procedure isn’t as painful as it used to be. The newer 3-D machines have attachments that work better for a variety of body types—including mine. In case you weren’t aware, mammograms are more uncomfortable for small-breasted women like me (so not fair!), as ribs and muscles end up getting squeezed, too. I’ve had mammograms after which I still had pain a week later. And I’ve been pushed and pulled and pinched...

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