Health Topics

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Behavioral Health

How can you tell whether a mental health issue is normal or not? It's tricky. The line between normal and abnormal mental health is often blurred. Still, it's helpful to consider your feelings, thoughts and behavior in relation to cultural norms and other benchmarks. Mental health includes issues such as self-esteem, relationships and resilience. If you're struggling with self-esteem, denial or other mental health issues, remember that we are here to help.

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In The News

Fairmont welcomes new behavioral health provider

Cathleen LaLonde, Ph.D., to practice at Fairmont hospital.

December 7, 2018

From The Blog

Try the "Road to Resilience: Raising Healthy Kids" program

Would you like to build resiliency skills with the children in your life? This program, designed to help build skills in a number of areas, is appropriate for all children, especially for those who have experienced adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

January 13, 2020

5 things you need to know about mental health and girls

One in 6 adolescent or teen children experience a mental disorder each year. Being a preteen or teen girl can be especially challenging. Get 5 tips to positively impact mental health in a teen girl in your life.

Jessie Wolf LICSW By Jessie Wolf December 13, 2019

9 ways to make your holiday season jolly

The holidays often bring times of joy, love and laughter, but it’s the busiest time of the year full of shopping, baking, preparing for parties and more. Rather than letting those demands raise your stress level, try some of these tips to help you enjoy the holidays and minimize that after-holiday rut.

Peter Reisner, M.D. By Peter Reisner December 4, 2019

A day in the life of Luna — a facility dog

Luna may not be a superhero but she's pretty close. Thanks to her warm brown eyes, big floppy ears and calming presence, she helps patients feel more comfortable and relaxed. Read about a day in the life of Luna.

November 14, 2019

Building a community of caring: Youth and anxiety

When your children are struggling, you want to be able to help them sort through whatever it is that they need. Providing some relief and health options to cope is important. Learn how anxiety affects children so you and your children find relief.

August 7, 2019

Mental and Emotional Health Assessment

Many aspects impact your mental and emotional health, including worry, mood, sleep, stress, relationships and alcohol consumption. Take a few minutes to answer 9 questions that will help evaluate your wellness.

July 30, 2019

How to create happiness

It may seem hard to believe, but there is a lot of truth behind the idea that happiness is a choice. It's unrealistic, of course, to snap your fingers and decide to be happy. So, just how can you do that?

June 25, 2019

What's your family's digital diet plan?

The average teenager spends approximately nine hours per day looking at a screen, while younger children often spend up to six hours a day engaging with a screen. Technology has changed the way we live, interact and communicate — all of which has significant health consequences.

Adam Anderson Ph.D. By Adam Anderson April 30, 2019

5 ways slimming screen time is good for your health

Have you ever considered how much time you or your family members spend on a screen? Too much time can become a problem. Learn 5 reasons that slimming your screen time is good for your health.

April 26, 2019

Hoarding: Are we defined by our things?

Hoarding used to be referred to as collecting or saving items. Family members were sometimes called pack rats who seemingly never threw anything away. Whatever the term, people who participate in hoarding activities have gone from being virtually unheard of to almost being a household word.

Debra Klund, L.M.F.T. By Debra Klund April 15, 2019

Fostering resiliency in kids

Life happens, even for kids: bullying, school problems, hunger, problems at home, illness, divorce and the list goes on. Stress can affect children the same way it affects adults, so what can we do to help those kids in need of a little support?

Anita Vlcek, L.P.C. By Anita Vlcek March 25, 2019

Family meals: Building relationships

Eating as a family can be more than just shared conversations — it’s building relationships. Nutrition educator Katie Johnson shares a few tips that can make it easier to plan and prep meals.

March 22, 2019