Category Archives: Community

Staying Grounded in Trying Times

Even the most extroverted among us have been forced to become homebodies to some extent in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gallons of paint have been purchased and much sourdough bread has been baked. People are polishing off old family recipes as they now have the time to use them. This becomes a way […]

How to Keep Election Stress From Wearing You Down

Against the backdrop of an already very difficult year, Americans are right now facing one of the most adversarial elections in the history of U.S. politics. The collective anxiety of this nation is palpable: Conflict is high, mutual understanding is low, and people on all sides of the aisle are feeling tough emotions like fear, […]

COVID-19 Mental Health Challenges for College Students

College students faced many challenges when COVID-19 forced most schools to shift online. Mental health issues have increased, giving even more reason for research and intervention. As the new Fall semester approaches, it is necessary to foster connectedness and provide social and mental health support to these young people. What is happening? In line with […]

Tips for Helping Kids Cope Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

Kids and adults are going through a tough time right now. Lynne Shine was interviewed recently to give some suggestions to help: Remember to model calm and provide reassurance. Answer questions. Provide just enough information Limit news and talking too much in front of young kids. Watch out for constant reassurance seeking. Create a routine. […]

Grieving a Loved One Who Died From COVID-19

Lynne Shine was recently interviewed by Spectrum News on a very difficult subject, incomplete grief. Many people are grieving their loved ones without being able to properly mourn, the way they always imagined. There are many ways to say goodbye that are not traditional. Write a letter to your deceased loved one. Start a blog […]

4 Myths About Self-Esteem

1. Myth: You either have self-esteem or you don’t. Self-esteem can seem so elusive and out of reach that many deem themselves fated to a life of low self worth. They imagine some have the gift of loving themselves through amazing parents, perfect childhoods, or fortunate genetics, and that they have lost the lottery on […]

Is Comparison Really the Thief of Joy?

Hikers on the Appalachian trail have the motto “hike your own hike”– that is, resist the urge to compare how many miles you cover in a day to how far other hikers are traveling. Nevertheless, the urge to make comparisons is strong. Our research has found that more than 10% of daily thoughts involved making […]

For the first time, researchers say Facebook can cause depression

Spending too much time on “social media” sites like Facebook is making people more than just miserable. It may also be making them depressed. A new study conducted by psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania has shown — for the first time — a causal link between time spent on social media and depression and […]

Opioid and Heroin Abuse and Addiction Resources

Heroin abuse is an epidemic. It is one of the most addictive illegal drugs, which makes it incredibly difficult for users to quit. With the highest relapse rate for illegal drugs at 78%, heroin users often find they have to return to rehab multiple times. Heroin’s high risk of overdose and relapse has resulted in […]

Effects of Bullying

Bullying is an attempt to undermine and harm someone based on some perceived weakness. It is often systematic and ongoing. Although commonly associated with children, bullying can occur at any age. Members of minority groups are significantly more likely to be bullied in adulthood. A person who experiences mental or emotional health effects as a […]