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World Mental Health Day—October 10, 2020

This day was first observed as an international day for global mental health education, awareness, and advocacy in 1992. This day is to highlight issues of social stigma as a result of those struggling with mental health conditions and reduce the societal determinants as the catalysts for such conditions. This particular year, our world has seen unprecedented amounts of violence against people of color, discrimination, poverty and income disparities, issues of immigration, lack of access to healthcare, and the recent COVID-19 pandemic to name a few. This has brought a sense of unrest in the United States and the world.  The World Federation for Mental Health is a global mental health organization that has members in over 150 countries.  In some countries there is a full week to observe. This day is also supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an agency with the initiative to address issues of international public health.   Each year, the World Federation for Mental Health selects a theme to focus on. This year’s theme is “Mental Health for All: Greater Investment – Greater Access,” with a focus on the basic human right for quality and accessible health care for everyone.

Their recent “Call to Action” enlisted the following calls:
“1. Recognize and respond to racism in all its forms as a threat
to health and well-being across the lifespan.
2. Stimulate and accelerate efforts to achieve the SDG targets
3. Invest in social and behavioral interventions.
4. Ensure access to quality and affordable mental health care
and primary care.”

For more information on how to be apart of the solution, check out the World Federation for Mental Health website: https://wfmh.global/

“You can also join a virtual March for Mental Health on [October 9-10, 2020 as] the World Federation for Mental Health will join partners around the world to March for Mental Health. A 24-hour Facebook live-stream will feature rallying content from expert voices, lived experience and influencers.”

Anxiety & Coronavirus

If coronavirus scares you, read this to take control over your health anxiety

(*By The Guardian)

A pandemic is fertile ground for those who suffer from anxiety – here’s a short guide on how to manage it.

1) Avoid the (health-related) news: Try having a news detox, or allocating yourself a time limit for reading or watching news. If you’re really worried about missing something crucial, you can always tell friends and family to contact you in the event of an emergency situation in order to keep you informed.

2) Try not to seek constant reassurance: Your brain creates a feedback cycle where you become increasingly reliant on reassurance, which only serves to reinforce the anxiety. It’s natural to want your loved ones to tell you things will be OK, but when you start needing that reassurance several times a day it’s time to take a step back.

3) Introduce an absolute ban on Googling symptoms: Dr Google is not, and never will be, your friend, especially not when you are a sufferer of health anxiety. Nor will message-boards and forums.

4) Try a countering technique: This is a CBT exercise which involves giving a persistent thought the courtroom treatment, by confronting it with a rational counter-statement. For example, if your persistent thought is something like “Everyone I love will die from this virus” you can counter it with factual statements such as “Actually, most people who get Covid-19 are likely to make a full recovery. “Just because you think something, doesn’t make it true.”

5) Do some exercise: Even if it’s just star jumps in your bedroom, exercise will help get the adrenaline out of your system and channel the panic elsewhere.

6) Breathing and grounding exercises: From guided yogic breathing to using a strong smell (I favored lavender oil), grounding exercises can help bring you back to reality.

7) Allocate yourself a daily “worry period”: Give yourself half an hour to worry about this to your heart’s content, and then you have to go and do something else.

8) Treat yourself: Anything that will give you a little boost can help. It doesn’t need to involve spending money: you can also cook yourself something nice, have a hot bath, or listen to a song you love.

9) Remember that your anxious state isn’t permanent: When you are in it, anxiety always feels as though it will never end, but it will. It’s hard to remember this, but do try. Be kind to yourself. It may be a bit cheesy, but this too shall pass.

 

*For complete article go to:

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/mar/16/coronavirus-health-anxiety

Coronavirus & Telemental Health

As you know, coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect a growing number of people in the U.S. and around the world. There have been cases confirmed throughout Georgia. As we work together, your health and safety remain the top priorities. Remember to wash your hands even more often than usual, avoid touching your face and stay home if you are sick.

You can find the guidelines at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/risk-assessment.html

We are encouraging all that feel comfortable with telemental health (skype like video conference) as an option to reduce exposure to others as several insurance companies now cover this modality of treatment.

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‘I-Rish’ you a happy St. Patrick’s day!

You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s day.

You don’t even have to be Irish to be Lucky.

Tenneseee Williams said “Luck is believing you’re lucky.”

This St. Patrick’s day we invite you to know a bit more about the power of positive thinking.

The Power Of Positive Thinking, by Norman Vincent Peale, has sold over 5 million copies worldwide and takes a Christian perspective and real-world approach to positive psychology.

3 Lessons regarding positive thinking:

Lesson 1: Believe in yourself and visualize your goals to see how small your problems are.

Lesson 2: Your attitude determines your entire life.

Lesson 3: Imagine your life free of worry to become less concerned about the future.

May you be very LUCKY!

Congratulations to Heather McMahon, LPC and Lisa Ann Smith, LPC have fulfilled all requirements for the Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC)

Congratulations to Heather McMahon, LPC and Lisa Ann Smith, LPC have fulfilled all requirements for the Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC).

This designation shows that Heather and Lisa took the extra step with classes, CEU’s and testing to have this distinction. The Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC) credential identifies those professional counselors who are uniquely trained in best practices for delivering traditional counseling through technological means. DCCs have met nationally established distance counseling criteria and adhere to the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Code of Ethics and Policy Regarding the Provision of Distance Professional Services.

 

As many of you know distance counseling or Telemed is a new avenue for clients to be provided quality counseling via electronic means to maximize the use of technology-assisted counseling. These methods include videoconferencing, e-mail communication, telephone or stand-alone software programs that are HIPPA compliant.

1 Alliance Counseling & Psychotherapy Services offers Distance Counseling/Telemed for our clients in both Georgia and North Carolina.

Give us a call if you are interested or have questions.

Parking update for our Midtown Location

Parking for our Midtown location:
181 10th Street NE Atlanta GA 30309.
From 8am-6pm please park your car in the Atlanta Intown parking spaces if possible.
The Atlanta Intown parking spaces are marked with a sign.
We have 2 spaces in the front and 7 parking spaces behind the building along the wooden panels.
There are current negotiations for additional parking spaces.
If you do park in any of the other parking spaces DO NOT leave the property or your car may be booted.
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