mental health

Grieving during the holidays – the 4 R’s

Adapted from National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization Bereavement Professionals Chat, Grief Support and the Holidays, Kara Thoma, LCSW, ACHP-SW, Joelle Osterhaus, LCSW, ACHP-SW, October 2021. The holidays are an emotional and often stressful time for most of us, which are often further intensified for the bereaved. As the time approaches, dread, anxiety, and worry…

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How to cope with grief during the holidays

Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDiv encourages us to practice the 3 C’s during the holiday season:  Choose, Communicate, Compromise. Choose what you want to do this holiday, where you want to be. With a pandemic around us, choosing is even more important. Saying no to larger family gatherings can be painful and is a loss…

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Tips for talking to children about difficult news stories

When traumatic events that make children feel unsafe are in the news, it is often difficult for parents to find ways to talk about them.

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Teen HOPE programs helps teen parents find their path

by Maria Elena Baca, Public Affairs Officer, Hennepin County Adrianna Blackmon’s confidence is contagious. During a tutoring session, Katelyn Williams smiled and sat up a little straighter under Blackmon’s encouragement as the two paged through a study guide for her upcoming biology test. Both young women participate in a partnership between Hennepin County Health and…

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