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The Busy Paradox and Why It’s OK to NOT be Busy Posted on Nov 14

The Busy Paradox and Why It’s OK to NOT be Busy

We tend to feel like we’re measured by how busy and productive we are. Why are these terms the gold standard of our value, and what if we measured our productivity and success in other ways – say by the quality of our relationships, our   …Continue Reading The Busy Paradox and Why It’s OK to NOT be Busy

Self-Acceptance: The Key to Being True to Ourselves Posted on Oct 24

Self-Acceptance: The Key to Being True to Ourselves

“I wish I was built like Ryan Gosling.” “When am I going to get that job promotion?” “She looks so fit in her vacation pictures.” “If only I had those new shoes I saw at the store.” “I hate my calves.” “I’ll be happy when…”   …Continue Reading Self-Acceptance: The Key to Being True to Ourselves

Taking the Longfellow Way Posted on Oct 8

Taking the Longfellow Way

As I go to check off the box, marked “Other,” to register my car-less commute for Walk/Ride Day, I look wistfully at the options listed there. Walking? Not a bad idea, but that might take too long. Rollerblading—sigh, won’t that impress friends and colleagues? Canoeing,   …Continue Reading Taking the Longfellow Way

Creativity Buffers Against Life’s Challenges and Brings Fulfillment Posted on Oct 1

Creativity Buffers Against Life’s Challenges and Brings Fulfillment

Growing up, I played the drums. I loved the sounds I was creating, and the beats and rhythms gave me a sense of peace and stability. Drums were the rhythm of my life, helped me keep a steady pace, and provided a healthy balance between   …Continue Reading Creativity Buffers Against Life’s Challenges and Brings Fulfillment

Back to School Mental Wellness: Tips for Parents/Caregivers of Teens Posted on Sep 12

Back to School Mental Wellness: Tips for Parents/Caregivers of Teens

  Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health School is back in session, which can be a stressful time for teens and parents alike. The transition from a more relaxed summer schedule to a new school year, filled   …Continue Reading Back to School Mental Wellness: Tips for Parents/Caregivers of Teens

Take a Hike, and Regain Your Balance Posted on Jul 31

Take a Hike, and Regain Your Balance

Do you ever notice how your energy changes when you’re surrounded by nature? We’re meant to be outdoors. So when life’s daily stressors – be it people, work, hectic city living, or any number of other things – deplete our energy, we should head outside.   …Continue Reading Take a Hike, and Regain Your Balance

It Takes a Village: Second Conference in Series Builds Support for New Bostonians Posted on Jul 9

It Takes a Village: Second Conference in Series Builds Support for New Bostonians

 “The world breaks everyone and afterwards, many are strong at the broken places.”  ~ Ernest Hemingway How do culture, values, and beliefs influence our responses to mental health and suicidality? How do people heal from traumatic events? How can we promote resiliency among immigrants and   …Continue Reading It Takes a Village: Second Conference in Series Builds Support for New Bostonians

Singing is Music to Your Ears, and Soul! Posted on Jun 18

Singing is Music to Your Ears, and Soul!

You don’t need to be a professional singer, or even have a good voice, to reap the benefits of singing. This isn’t American Idol – this is life – and we have to find what makes us feel good! I sing whenever and wherever I   …Continue Reading Singing is Music to Your Ears, and Soul!

Let the Sun Shine in! Posted on May 1

Let the Sun Shine in!

 Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Imagine the feeling of the sun shining on your face, showering you with warmth and life. Feel good? The sun awakens the senses and breathes life into our   …Continue Reading Let the Sun Shine in!

Read All About It: Books Are Good For Your Health! Posted on Apr 9

Read All About It: Books Are Good For Your Health!

 Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health There’s something special about holding a real, paper and ink book in my hands. I love the feel and smell of the pages, and the fact that there's no blinding glare   …Continue Reading Read All About It: Books Are Good For Your Health!