A Counselor's Guide to Mental Health and Wellness

posted Nov 28, 2017, 2:31 AM by yasmineb@faculty.isd.sn

This article was originally published by Bradley University here


  • Depression (Major Depressive Disorder): Click this link to the Mayo Clinic to read the definition for depression. The page also includes links to other pages on the site that cover basic information about the condition such as causes and risk factors.
  • Depression: People who are interested in learning about depression may click this link to visit the Family Doctor website. The page reviews important information ranging from the cause of depression to how to live with it. Visitors to the page will also find a list of questions to ask their doctor.
  • Mental Health Conditions: Depression: This link opens to the Depression page on the National Alliance on Mental Illness website. People who visit the site may watch a video that explains what depression is and read information on the symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment of it.
  • How is Depression Treated: When diagnosed with depression, individuals and their families often want to know how it is treated. Click this link to read what the three basic treatment approaches are and what other options are available.
  • FAQ About Depression: Open this link to read FAQ about depression on the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists website.

Suicide Prevention

  • We Can All Prevent Suicide: This page on the Suicide Prevention Hotline website teaches site visitors how to help prevent suicide. The page reviews common warning signs and risks. The Hotline phone number is also featured prominently on the page so that one can speak with crisis workers who have counseling degrees and/or are trained to provide the proper support.
  • Suicide Prevention Tip Sheet (PDF): Read this page for tips on how to help youth who are potentially suicidal. Tips on the page advise readers on what to say and how to address suicide. In addition, the page also covers warning signs and provides a list of resources.
  • Warning Signs and Risk Factors: Visit this page on the American Association of Suicidology website for warning signs and risk factors associated with suicide. The page also explains how to get help.
  • Reduce Access to Means of Suicide: People who commit or attempt to commit suicide will typically use items in their environment that can cause harm. The information on this page reviews why it is important to remove potentially lethal means from one’s immediate surroundings and how to go about doing it. Other information discusses how to take action and share knowledge with others.
  • Urgent Crisis – Suicide Prevention: Click open this link to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance website to for information about suicide, recognizing signs, and what to do if feeling suicidal or if someone else is in need of help.

Eating Disorders

  • What are Eating Disorders: Get general information about what eating disorders are by clicking on this link to National Eating Disorder Association. The page also provides readers with statistics.
  • For Parents – Eating Disorders: This link to KidsHealth site outlines eating disorder information for parents. The article is six pages and covers information that includes the effects of eating disorders, warning signs, and treatment.
  • Eating Disorder Types and Symptoms: Learn about the types of eating disorders and symptoms that are associated with them by opening this link to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.
  • Review of Eating Disorders: Open this link to read about two of the more common and recognized eating disorders. The page also reviews warning signs and how these disorders can impact relationships.
  • Treating Eating Disorders: When a person is diagnosed with an eating disorder it is necessary to start treatment. Read the information associated with this link to discover how eating disorders are treated.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

  • Preventing Drug Abuse and Excessive Alcohol Use (PDF): Click this link to read actions that the government, individuals, families, businesses, and organizations can do to prevent drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Ten Tips for Prevention for Youth: Parents and people raising kids may click this link to the NCADD website for a list of ten tips that can be helpful in preventing youth from using drugs.
  • Preventing Drug Abuse the Best Strategy: This article focuses on drug addiction and youth and it also discusses research-based prevention programs. The page also features several charts that site visitors may click on and enlarge.
  • Prevention Tips for Every Age: On this page of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, site visitors will find tips on how to prevent drug abuse for kids and young adults in various age groups. Tips begin with discussing drugs with children 2 to 4 years old and end with young adults who are 19 to 25 years old.
  • Is It Possible to Prevent Alcoholism: Read the answer to whether alcoholism can be prevented by clicking on this link. The page also includes information about follow-up after treatment.

Anxiety and Stress Management

  • Coping With Stress: Stress is a problem that everyone faces, however it shouldn’t become so severe that it begins to negatively impact one’s life or health. This CDC page reviews reactions to stressful situations and healthy ways to cope with the stress.
  • Stress Management: Click this link to read tips on how one can successfully manage their stress. The page also reviews why it is important to keep stress under control.
  • Tips to Manage Anxiety and Stress: Go here for an infographic by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America that talks about various stress and anxiety management techniques.
  • Four Ways to Deal With Stress: The American Heart Association offers advice on how to cope with stress on the Healthy Living section of their website. They provide examples to go with each coping method and in the panel to the right they include links to additional information.
  • Stress, Anxiety, and Depression – Ten Stress Busters: Learn about things that reduce stress by visiting the National Health Service’s Choices website. Physical activity, forming social networks and time for oneself are some of the solutions that it discusses. Also, find additional useful links on the right side of the page.
  • Tips for Managing Stress and Anxiety: Get advice on how to properly handle stress and anxiety by clicking on this link to the Suicide Awareness Voices of Education website. It discusses the meaning of stress and what makes it different from anxiety, and links to additional subjects can be found in the bar along the top of the page.

Proper Nutrition and Health

  • Importance of Good Nutrition: The US Department of Health and Human Services offers advice about nutrition on their President’s Council website. Look at the panel on the left for additional information about the School Breakfast Program, dietary guidelines, and other resources.
  • Let’s Eat For the Health of It (PDF): Go here to read a four-page PDF brochure about proper dieting. This publication focuses on what foods to cut back on, watching calories, physical activity, and examining food labels.
  • It’s About You (PDF): This link opens to a PDF article by the Dietary Guidelines Alliance about making a commitment to healthy eating. Subjects covered include how to set sensible goals and deadlines, with regards to physical activity and dieting.
  • Men And Women: Learn about proper eating by visiting the Choose My Plate website by the US Department of Agriculture. It talks about dieting, exercising, and maintaining a healthy weight.