December’s Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are quickly approaching. Delicious holiday food, fun and activities are plentiful. Everyone is busy trying to find the perfect gift for their loved ones. Enjoy our Holiday Gift Guide and shop local with these creative gifts!  Give the gift of good taste and healthy food! Visit the Fresh Harvest Tasting Room in Eureka…

Weekend Plans: Christmas Parades, a Penguin Party and More

Thursday through Sunday The Tony® Award-winning musical phenomenon Les Misérables comes to Robinson Center in Little Rock this Thursday through Sunday. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Miserables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.…

Continuum of Care

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he dining room at Little Rock’s Brookdale Pleasant Hills senior living community is a bright, airy space with large windows and a cheery atmosphere. It is literally and figuratively the center of things here for residents; even in between meals a few seniors lounge in the afternoon sunlight or chat with a neighbor. Most have…

Living Sober

[dropcap]C[/dropcap]aroline Ford, a recovering alcoholic, has also experienced a change in the way people view a different mental illness – that of alcohol and substance addiction. It is what fuels her passion for helping others through her work as executive director of the Wolfe Street Foundation, Arkansas’ largest nonprofit resource for people recovering from alcoholism…

Out of the Darkness

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]uicide prevention became a topic of discussion when Gov. Asa Hutchinson formed the Arkansas Suicide Prevention Council. Since then, local media have addressed the topic and a number of rallies have been held. While suicide is difficult to discuss, it’s a subject that must be talked about. “There’s a lot of work to be done,”…

Defeating the Stigma

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]ost of us know at least one person who struggles with some form of mental illness. It is very real, and while it once carried a stigma, that attitude is changing as we come to understand its prevalence and its life-threatening impact. Nationwide, 1 in 4 adults experience a mental illness, while 1 in 17…

What is a Mental Illness?

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) defines mental illness as “a condition that impacts a person’s thinking, feeling or mood and may affect his ability to relate to others and function on a daily basis.” One’s mental wellbeing may be influenced by a number of factors: genetics, environment and lifestyle are just a few.…

Coping with Depression

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]illions of Americans — almost 19 million, or 10 percent of our population, according to 2012 statistics — suffer from depression. An estimated 11 percent of adolescents, 30 percent of college students, 14 percent of new moms and 10 percent of adults 65 and older have been affected by depression. Depression is a terrible disease…