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How National Mental Health Month Is Raising Awareness

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
Mental Health
Recovery from mental health is definitely possible, and recovering from mental illness allows a person to live perfectly healthy, fulfilling lives. Help us promote awareness this month!

During the month of May, Mental Health Month helps raise awareness of trauma and the impact it can have on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children, families, and communities. Mental Health Month was first established in 1949 in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of mental and social wellness in the lives of American citizens, as well as to celebrate anyone and everyone who has recovered from mental illness. Mental and physical health are important for a person’s well-being. Lowering the rate of mental illness in the world can be achieved through prevention as well as treatment. Recovery from mental health is definitely possible, and recovering from mental illness allows a person to live perfectly healthy, fulfilling lives.

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3 Mental Health Tips You Can Use Today

Thursday, May 16th, 2019
Mental Health Tips
Here are 3 mental health tips you can use today.

Our mental health is at the foundation of our entire well-being. No matter what type of physical shape you’re in, it can be hard to live a happy, fulfilled life if your mental health isn’t in good shape. Fortunately, there are a host of things you can do to improve your mental health. Here are a few mental health tips you can use in your day-to-day life.

Don’t Deny Your Feelings

It’s important to accept your feelings so you can take steps to deal with them appropriately. Often, people avoid acknowledging any negative feelings they may be having for a variety of reasons including shame and social stigma. However, it’s important to understand that no matter how you’re feeling, you’re experiencing that emotion for a reason. Instead of denying how you’re feeling, explore your emotions! You can do this by seeing a therapist, talking to some close to you, keeping a journal, or a combination of the three! No matter which method you choose, you should always confront your feelings!

Don’t Worry About Things Out Of Your Control

There are a lot of things that people worry about in life, and many of these things are out of people’s control. While worrying about the outcomes of situations in our lives is perfectly normal, spending too much time dwelling on things outside of our control can make us feel much worse about our lives. One of the best things you can do for your mental health is to focus your efforts on only the things you can control. This will free up your mind to work on more productive things and help your mind be more at peace.

Don’t Dwell On Negative Thoughts

While it’s important to acknowledge the feelings you’re having, it’s just as vital not to dwell on negative thinking. There are a host of thoughts you’ll have throughout the day and some of them will probably be negative. Instead of getting stuck in a cycle of negative thoughts, figure out why you’re having them and think about whether or not they’re true. Remember, that there are usually a lot of positive aspects about life to think about. You could try keeping a gratitude journal to give you a visual reminder of all the positives in your life and to help keep your negative thoughts at bay.

Welcome to Family Service Foundation, Inc.!

Family Service Foundation, Inc. has been serving the greater Maryland area since 1936. This nonprofit organization helps residents in Baltimore, Baltimore County, Frederick County, and Prince George’s County across a span of different areas such as mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse. We also provide interpretation services for deaf and deaf-blind individuals. To learn more, call us at 240-241-7249 or visit here.

Mental Health Tips For Working From Home

Thursday, April 25th, 2019
Working From Home
Make sure to set realistic goals when working from home.

Whether you live with mental illness or not, it’s important to take some extra precautions when working from home. Humans are social beings and require interaction to be at their best. For many adults, much of their social interaction comes at work. If you’re working from home, this aspect is eliminated which could lead to issues with loneliness and anxiety. Here are some tips you should use if you work from home.

Create Structure

When you are working in the same place you do everyday activities in, it’s important to come up with some sort of structure. There are a lot of ways you can do this! You can make sure to take your regularly scheduled breaks and devote certain blocks of time to specific tasks. Another great way to do this is to create a space you use solely for work. For some people, this space is a home office, but if you don’t have one you can still create a separate place. It can be as simple as dedicating a corner of a room to work activities.

Set Realistic Goals

Goals are important for any employees, but when you’re working from home setting goals becomes even more crucial. It’s essential to realize that just because you’re home doesn’t mean you have to get an extraordinary amount of work done. Set goals for yourself that push you to improve while still being attainable for the best results.

Do What Works For You

Ultimately, it’s up to you to create an environment that is conducive to your productivity. We usually know what we need in order to be successful while we’re working, so create an environment that boosts your efficiency. For example, if you know that you work best when you’re listening to music, make sure to do that.

Capitalize On Productive Days

When you’re working from home, sometimes it can be easy to feel unproductive. Because of this, on the days you do feel productive, make sure that you make those days count! You can use these days as a chance to get ahead or to make up for days when your mental health caused you to be less productive than usual. It’s important to keep in mind that some days won’t be as productive as others and that’s OK!

Welcome to Family Service Foundation, Inc.!

Family Service Foundation, Inc. has been serving the greater Maryland area since 1936. This nonprofit organization helps residents in Baltimore, Baltimore County, Frederick County, and Prince George’s County across a span of different areas such as mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse. We also provide interpretation services for deaf and deaf-blind individuals. To learn more, call us at 240-241-7249 or visit here.

Tips For Managing Stress

Friday, March 15th, 2019
Dealing With Stress
Use these tips to help you manage your stress.

Stress is a part of life and no matter who you are or where you live, you are probably dealing with some level of stress. It’s good to understand that stress is almost inevitable but it’s even more important to find strategies that you can use to manage your stress. Stress that goes unmanaged or that is covered up with unhealthy habits can lead to a person developing health issues. Here are some tips you can use to manage stress in a healthy way.

Put Your Problems Into Perspective

Because we are so closely invested in the issues we’re having, sometimes it can be hard for us to put them into perspective. This leads to us thinking of these issues in terms of extremes rather than as normal parts of life. For example, not getting a job you applied for may seem like the worst thing that’s ever happened to you at the moment but after putting it into perspective, you’ll gain a better understanding of the situation. You’ll realize there are other positions out there that you could get and that you’ve dealt with tough situations before. Draw on your past experiences to help you deal with stressful situations.

Accept What You Can’t Control

It’s crucial to understand that there are certain things in life that we’re just not in control of. Many of these things can be our greatest sources of stress, so it’s important to come to terms with this fact. We are only in control of our own actions, so stressing out over the actions of other people or other factors outside of your is spending energy that could best be used elsewhere.

Take A Break

Whether your stress comes from your work life or personal life or a combination of the two, sometimes you just need to take a break from it. Instead of engaging with the issue that is stressing you out, take a moment to engage in a healthy activity that’ll take your mind off of your issues for a bit. You could meditate, watch your favorite TV show, or listen to music to decompress for a bit. Taking a break might even provide you with a new perspective on the things that have been stressing you out.

Welcome to Family Service Foundation, Inc.!

Family Service Foundation, Inc. has been serving the greater Maryland area since 1936. This nonprofit organization helps Maryland residents across a span of different areas such as mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse, and provides interpretation for deaf and deaf-blind individuals. To learn more about cerebral palsy or other developmental disabilities, visit here.Do you “Follow” and “Like?” Be sure to stay active on our official pages on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest today!

Characteristics That Can Harm Mental Health

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019
Characteristics Harm Mental Health
These characteristics can harm your mental health.

Living with mental illness can come with challenges, but there are some things that can make doing so more difficult. It’s important that once you’ve been diagnosed with a mental illness that you take the right steps to make sure it doesn’t cause any unnecessary issues.  Here are some characteristics that can lead to issues with mental health.

Denial Of The Illness

Because of the stigma around mental illness in our society, it’s common for people to see mental illness as inherently negative. This means that sometimes when people are diagnosed with mental illness, they or those close to them deny that they have it. Denying the existence of mental illness doesn’t make it go away. Rather, it makes things harder for the people who are living with it. Mental illness should be addressed in a similar way to other illnesses, with support and professional care.

Dismissal Of Help

Similarly, sometimes the stigma of mental illness cause the people who live with it to refuse help. Whether it’s professional help or support on a more personal level, at times people living with mental illness dismiss the help that is out there. This can lead to devasting consequences for that individual, so it’s important to avoid this. There are many mental health resources out there and it’s a good idea to utilize them.

Not Learning About The Diagnosis

When people are diagnosed with a mental illness, it’s important for them to truly understand what their diagnosis entails. This means that they should learn not only the name of the mental illness but the situations that may cause the illness to present itself. Doing this can help the individual who has been diagnosed better understand their diagnosis and how it affects their moods and interactions with others.

Skipping Treatment

It’s important to understand that the medical professional you work with has your best interests at heart. This means that when they come up with a treatment plan for you that you should adhere to it. It’s important to make sure to take your medications at the right times and to keep your appointments. In the same way that you would follow your doctor’s advice about a physical illness, you should contact your mental health professional’s advice.

Welcome to Family Service Foundation, Inc.!

Family Service Foundation, Inc. has been serving the greater Maryland area since 1936. This nonprofit organization helps Maryland residents across a span of different areas such as mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse, and provides interpretation for deaf and deaf-blind individuals. To learn more about cerebral palsy or other developmental disabilities, visit here.

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Maintaining Your Mental Health During The Holiday Season

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

Holiday

Maintain your mental health this holiday season with these tips.

For a lot of people, the holiday season is the time of year where they can reconnect with family and eat some good food. However, this is not the case for everyone. There’s a lot of stress that comes with the holiday season, with things like coordinating travel schedules or preparing food taking up a lot of our attention.  Whether it’s due to mental health problems, stress, or family issues, the holiday season can be tough. Because of this, it’s important for people to be equipped to deal with this time of year. Here are some tips you can use to maintain your mental health during the holiday season.

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5 Ways To Combat Mental Health Stigma

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

Support

Being there for your friends who have a mental illness can help fight the stigma around it.

Mental health is very important, but the stigma of mental illness can lead to people not seeking the help they need. Many people are unaware of the truth behind mental illness, which leads to them having negative opinions about those who live with it. Combating mental health stigma is important and with these methods, you can make an effort to help end it.

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3 Tips For Avoiding The Back-To-School Blues

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

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You don’t have to be a student to experience the back-to-school blues. Here are a few useful mental health tips that will help you keep your head up high as the fall begins.

Labor Day has passed, and students all over Maryland are officially back in school. Even if you’re not a student, this time of year represents a big change. The kids are back in school, the summer is over, the days are getting shorter, and the weather is becoming colder. You don’t have to be a student to experience the back-to-school blues. Here are a few useful mental health tips that will help you keep your head up high as the fall begins. (more…)

3 Simple Ways To Stay Positive After Summer Ends

Friday, August 31st, 2018

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If you’re someone who experiences SAD, it’s important that you keep the positive in perspective. With these three tips, your mind and your body will feel ready for fall!

With the end of summer quickly coming, you might worry about the on-coming of Seasonal Affective Disorder. The end of August marks the shortening of days, and less time spent in the sunshine can lead to depression in some people. If you’re someone who experiences SAD, it’s important that you keep the positive in perspective. With these three tips, your mind and your body will feel ready for fall! (more…)

5 Relaxation Techniques That Will Help You Cope With Severe Stress

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

relaxation techniques

These relaxation techniques will help you find ways to soothe yourself when going through a stressful time.

We all go through stressful times in our lives. Some of us may seek out ways to help ourselves manage stress. When it comes to self-care, striving for calmness and relaxation is the key to maintaining proper mental health. These relaxation techniques will help you find ways to soothe yourself when going through a stressful time. (more…)

At Family Service Foundation (FSF), a social services organization in Baltimore, Maryland, we are dedicated to providing advocacy and support to individuals with mental and physical disabilities that have recently left inpatient settings. Integration back into the community can be difficult; for that reason, each member of our team works to provide services specifically tailored to each individual and family that we work with. We believe that all individuals can achieve their highest levels of social, physical, and emotional well-being in the community when they have the proper support. FSF specializes in serving Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and individuals with intellectual disabilities. We also have American Sign Language interpreters on staff at all of our locations for the convenience of our Deaf and hard of hearing clients. For more information about The Family Service Foundation, please visit our website at www.fsfinc.org or give us a call at 301-459-2121.
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