5 Reasons You Should Consider an Outpatient Program

When it comes to seeking treatment for mental health, there are a variety of options available. One of these options is an outpatient program, which enables individuals to receive treatment while still living at home and maintaining their daily responsibilities. But how do you know if an outpatient program is the right choice for you?

First Responders and Mental Health: A Modern-Day Crisis

When COVID-19 struck, many of us were grateful for the valuable service of first responders. As conversations shifted to highlight the work they do to keep us safe, we began paying more attention to the toll their jobs may have on their mental health. First responders include police officers, firefighters, paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMTs)

The Benefits of Women’s Only Mental Health Programs

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, mental health disorders affect men and women differently. Women may face unique challenges and experiences that can impact their mental health, which is why women’s only mental health programs have become increasingly popular in recent years. At Valley Hospital of Phoenix, Arizona, we understand the importance of providing

Veterans and the Mental Health Crisis

When we think of veterans, we often picture the brave men and women who have served their country and returned home as heroes. However, what many people don’t recognize is that these heroes often face a second battle when they return home. A silent battle with mental health. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health

Crash Your Helicopter and Embrace Imperfection – in Yourself and Your Child

By Melissa Riddle Chalos At its best, parenthood is the most beautiful, meaningful role you can take on. That little baby takes over your life, and nothing will ever be quite the same again. It can also be the most exhausting, frustrating and difficult thing you’ll ever attempt to do. When parenthood is status-driven, competitive

Taking Care of Those Who Take Care of Us: First Responders and Mental Health

By Pat Matuszak First responders by definition respond to someone else’s emergency, not their own. So the emotional aftermath firefighters, paramedics, military or police personnel experience may be overlooked — even by the first responders themselves. If you’re a first responder and are experiencing symptoms like sleeplessness, anxiety or depression, you are not alone. You

Letting Go of Survivor’s Guilt After Combat

By Alanna Hilbink You survived. The hardest part is supposed to be over. So why do you still feel bad, sad, afraid and even guilty? Survivor’s guilt is complicated and confusing. Surviving is complicated and confusing. But you’ve done it once, you continue to do it, and you can keep doing it. And with the

Is Your Combat PTSD Affecting Your Kids?

By Kathryn Millán, LPC/MHSP Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that can happen to any person who has experienced a trauma that felt life-threatening and caused considerable distress. It is not caused by any personal deficiency or weakness, and it can happen to anyone. In the United States, approximately seven to eight percent of

Why Parenting a Tween Increases Your Risk for Depression

By Patti Richards He’s not in elementary school, and he’s not a teenager. He needs you some days, and other days he doesn’t. Yesterday he kissed you goodbye before hopping out of the car, and today he barely grunted as he slammed the door. Tomorrow he might surprise you with an “I love you, Mom,”

How to Help a Friend with Postpartum Depression

By Stephanie Thomas My newborn son, Henry, and I strolled through the aisles of a grocery store one cold winter day just weeks after his arrival. I took my time, appreciated the coos and compliments of strangers and worried about which ice cream flavor — flavors? — we should bring home. An older woman approached,