Community Connections

Family or Individual Support and Information Resources at:

National Alliance on Mental Illness– Local chapters have support groups for families and individuals and the website has a lot of resources available for a variety of topics.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance– Resources for family and individuals for support groups, resources, mood and wellness tracker and other tools for those with a diagnosis of unipolar or bipolar mood disorders and those that support them.

Mental Health Services for Veterans, Service Members and their Families- provides resources and contact information for immediate crisis, access to care links and phone contact information, traumatic brain injury information for service men and women and their families, and how to access healthcare benefits for active duty and veterans.

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation and How Does it Help?

According to “Doing and Being: Mindfulness, Health, And Quiet Ego Characteristics among Buddhist Practitioners,” the 2011 research article that published the survey results in the Journal of Happiness Studies 12(4), 575-589, states there are five key ways that mindfulness training increases physical and mental health:

  1. It strengthens immune system and physiological responses to stress and negative emotions.
  2. It improves social relationships with both family and strangers.
  3. It reduces stress, depression, anxiety and increases well-being and happiness.
  4. It increases openness to experience, conscientiousness, and agreeableness while reducing negative associations and neuroticism.
  5. It leads to greater psychological mindfulness, which includes an awareness that is clear, conceptual, and flexible; a practical stance toward reality; and present attention to the individual’s consciousness and awareness.
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There are free downloadable MP3 mindfulness meditation sessions and additional instructions available here and here.

The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.— Ben Okri —