Clinical Trials

If you are taking medication for a mental health or addiction issue, your physician will prescribe medicine based on his knowledge and training as a medical professional. If you are interested in being part of a clinical trial, you may indicate this idea to him. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s website, fda.gov,…

Suicide Prevention Specialist Draws From Personal Experience

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]usie Reynolds Reece isn’t short on job responsibilities, but as of this year things in her professional life streamlined with the reorganization of Hot Springs-based Garland County Suicide Prevention Coalition. The new organization, Suicide Prevention Allies, was established in January, and as she noted, the move did more than provide a name change. “We voted…

There’s Always Hope

The term addiction is often used casually: “I’m addicted to Instagram …” “I’m addicted to tattoos,” or “I’m totally addicted to that TV show,” but a true addiction is chronic, progressive and can result in devastation. “An addiction is a maladaptive overindulgence in behavior — in process or in substance — that has become self…

Mental Health in Public Schools: Counselors Share Common Concerns and Tips

[dropcap]N[/dropcap]ow more than ever, today’s youth are bombarded with digital stimulation, activities, school work and family issues. Juggling all of these things can hinder their academic success and induce mental health concerns. School counselors say an open-door policy with students, parents, teachers and the community is key to helping to shape children into healthy adults.…

Responding to Self-Injurious Behaviors in Youth

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]ntentional self-injurious behaviors by young people naturally create panic and dismay among parents and professionals wanting to help stop these behaviors and find solutions. As a clinical therapist in a residential treatment facility working almost exclusively with adolescents for the past eight years, I have noticed an alarming rise in the number of youth who…

Youth, Suicide and How You Can Help

[dropcap]N[/dropcap]early everyone has been affected by suicide, and while it is a tragedy that certainly needs to be addressed, Greg Adams, licensed clinical social worker and program coordinator for the Center for Good Mourning and Bereavement at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, wants to be certain the topic is addressed properly. “Certainly and unfortunately the rate of…

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, and our company has chosen to address the topic as well. While suicide is difficult to discuss, it’s a subject that must…