Mental Illness Awareness Week

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Mental Illness Awareness Week Is October 1-7. We can work together to move the dial on stigma. Every year, during the first full week of October, Mental Illness Awareness Week shines a spotlight on a critical issue that affects millions of people worldwide. It plays a crucial role in breaking the stigma surrounding mental health, […]

Thriving in College: Tips to Help You Cultivate Strong Mental Health as Campus Life Resumes

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For the college life, whether you live on campus or commute, it’s essential to equip yourself with strategies to maintain and enhance your mental well-being. The college environment, with its academic demands, social pressures, and life changes, can sometimes pose challenges to your mental health. We at Bournewood are here to help you with a few ideas to prioritize your mental health and well being.

Roadblocks to Mental Health Help

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By Bobby Shriver In recent years, mental health awareness has taken a larger foothold upon our mainstream consciousness, leading to more people having the courage to get the help they need. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of adults receiving mental health treatment increased from 2019 to 2021. And […]

When a Good Mood Is a Sign of Suicide Risk

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By Mandy Parsons According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 48,000 people died by suicide in 2021. The number of people who contemplated committing suicide was significantly higher, at approximately 12.3 million American adults. Why have suicide rates increased nearly 36% from 2000-2021? A study published by the National Library […]

Helping Someone Who Doesn’t Believe They Have Mental Illness

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By Wesley Gallagher Having a loved one who struggles with mental illness is difficult, especially if they don’t believe they have a problem. It’s hard to watch someone exhibit signs of mental illness who does nothing about it. But the reality is that most people have to decide for themselves to get help. As a […]

Exploring Military Sexual Trauma

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By Anna McKenzie Military sexual trauma remains far too common in US Armed Forces, and its effects can have a lasting impact on service members’ livelihood. A major concern for military women, sexual assault frequently goes unreported and unpunished. Soldiers who have experienced sexual harassment or assault may develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) […]

How Do Antidepressants Work, and When Are They Not Enough?

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By Bobby Shriver Depression has become a widespread condition in America today. Consequently, more and more people are being prescribed antidepressant medications. In fact, the number of antidepressant prescriptions in the US rose 18.6% in 2020, according to With the rise of depression medications, depression and its treatment are increasingly under the microscope. If […]

It’s in the Genes: Do Genetics Determine Your Fate?

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When you hear that a certain illness is genetic, you may automatically acquire a sense of hopelessness. After all, if something is written into the fabric of a person’s being, knit within their very DNA, how can it ever be overcome?

As scientists and physicians alike have unearthed more layers to human genetics, they have fueled further questions, too. Questions such as, Are mental health disorders genetic? What is the relationship between addiction and genetics? Is genetic testing for mental health disorders something I can have done?