September is recognized as National Suicide Prevention Month. Suicidal Ideation (SI) means thinking about or planning suicide. Thoughts can range from a detailed plan to a fleeting consideration, but does not include the final act of suicide. Read more

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), there are an average of 129 deaths attributed to suicide on a daily basis in the United States. Of that number, 22 individuals who commit suicide are estimated to be military veterans. It is the 10th leading cause of death i… Read more

For this last edition of “Raising Healthy Minds” of 2018, I wanted to take a more personal approach. I launched this column in hopes it would inform the community on how to live healthier, peaceful lives. I’ve had the privilege to discuss important topics in mental health and wellness includ… Read more

It is growing colder outside and holiday celebrations are underway. This time of year is one I look forward to each year. People take time to show more love and reflect on what is really precious in life. It is something I hope all of us will do more often. This week, I want to bring an illn… Read more

I hope this edition of “Raising Healthy Minds” finds you filled with holiday joy and delicious treats. This is a season of celebration, but I want to shine light on the ongoing struggles of mental illness. Mental disorders do not take a holiday and those living with them experience their eff… Read more

The infamous Black Friday is upon us. One of the biggest shopping days of the year can provide some sweet deals on items we may have our eye on for others and ourselves. It is an official beginning to the holiday rush of shopping, decorating and running around like a madman trying to make th… Read more

The holidays can be a joyous, festive time. Gathering loved ones together for home-cooked meals, exchanging thoughtful gifts and hopefully not getting too tangled in lights mark the season for many individuals. There are others, however, for whom this time of the year can be the most saddeni… Read more

Daylight Savings has ended, which means the days are growing shorter and the nights longer. You might be lighting up your fireplace and putting some hot cider or cocoa on the stove. The fall and winter seasons can provide some cozy comforts. However, they can also cause a somewhat overlooked… Read more

Red Ribbon was dedicated to raise awareness on alcohol, drug abuse and the associated violence that affects communities across the country. It began with the killing of Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena while working undercover in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1985. Reside… Read more

October is Depression Awareness Month. I have talked about this mood disorder before, but thought it was necessary to revisit the issue. Depression has been making headlines as celebrities such as Dwayne Johnson and Selena Gomez step forward with their own personal struggles with it. Depress… Read more

School can be tough. Learning a variety of subjects, juggling extracurricular activities and trying to make friends are just some of the challenges that come with a school setting. Now imagine you have a condition that makes learning more difficult. That is the case for individuals with dysl… Read more

Mental health can be a controversial topic. There are disagreements on how certain mental illnesses should be classified or if they should be considered illnesses at all. One of those conditions that draws some controversy is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), formerly known as… Read more

Welcome to the first official edition of “Raising Healthy Minds,” a column designed to address the mental health needs of your children and teens. This month we cover how to help children cope with the stress from the military lifestyle with Dr. Katherine Perez, administrator at Jacksonville… Read more

Well we have made it to another year. With the coming of a new year brings new chances and opportunities. For some this might mean getting back into the gym and eating healthier. For others it might mean starting a savings and making wiser investments. All of these are good decisions to make… Read more