Happy December to all! This month is National Stress-free (Family) Holiday Month, which is a
great time to advocate for keeping up on mental health despite the stresses that may come with
the winter holiday months! Our first segment talks about some of the struggles that people can
go through during this time, a few ways to combat them, and of course that whatever feelings
come along are valid! The next segment goes over being in recovery through the holidays and
shares tips on how to make the challenging moments a little easier. And our last segment is about
the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which was created to advocate for safe driving
because of increased drunk-driving related deaths during this time of year. There are also
some safety tips for celebrating the holiday season.
Hello, we hope everyone has had a good month so far! November has multiple important
awareness events, so we picked 3 topics to highlight. The first topic is Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week, which is a program that seeks to draw attention to the problems of hunger
and homelessness in this country and how to create solutions by holding fundraisers and
educational advocacy events. The next topic is No Drink November, which is one of many month
long alcohol-free themed challenges (Sober October, Dry December etc). These challenges are
great opportunities to reset your mind and body and maybe even break an unhealthy drinking
habit! There are support groups on Facebook for these challenges. We also included a short list
of the many benefits to removing alcohol for a month or more! The last topic we covered is
International Stress Awareness Week, which focuses on stress management and campaigning against
the stigmas associated with stress and mental health issues. Stress management has become exceedingly more important over the last few years! Positive thinking and mindfulness practices are two fantastic ways to combat stress. Read the 3rd segment or check the sources for more details.
Happy October to all! This month is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month which is an
ideal time to highlight the importance of substance abuse prevention in both individual and
community settings. The first segment gives more detail including some stark statistics that show
how truly important early intervention is! The middle segment is about a great fall tradition that
has helped many people, Sober October! This month-long alcohol-free challenge is not only a
good opportunity to reflect on your relationship with alcohol, but can also be a really helpful
step towards sobriety. Lastly we wanted to dedicate a segment to Red Ribbon Week, which
started as a small memorial in memory of DEA special agent Enrique Camarena and grew into a
annual nation wide movement. Wearing red ribbons from Oct 23rd-31st commemorates those
who have lost their lives in the fight against drugs, and also helps raise awareness about
preventing drug abuse in our schools and communities.
Happy September and happy National Recovery Month! Every September thousands of treatment and recovery programs and facilities celebrate Recovery Month. They talk about the strides made by those
in recovery and share success stories. In doing so, everyone helps to increase awareness and foster a greater understanding of both mental and substance use disorders! An important part of successful recovery is having an Aftercare Plan set up with a professional, so we included a segment with some information and options surrounding recovery aftercare. Another very important subject we wanted
to talk about in this months newsletter is World Suicide Prevention Day. The goal of this day is to
promote inclusion and empowerment to address self harm with preventative action. This goal has
been shown to be successful with the support of healthcare providers and other community
members, positive and informative messaging aimed at the general public, and encouraging open discussions with anyone who may be at risk. By working together we can continue to advocate for
better mental health support all across this country. If you or a loved one are struggling and need resources please call the new mental health crisis line at 9-8-8, or reach out to us at
Discovery Counseling and we will help however we can.
Happy August to all, we are especially excited to share this month’s newsletter because August is
National Wellness Month! National Wellness Month was created to highlight the importance of self-
care, managing stress and promoting healthy routines. Within that, August 15th is National Relaxation
Day which has the goal to encourage everyone to take time from their busy lifestyles and recuperate
and rejuvenate themselves. Research has shown that not only can stress be detrimental to mental and physical health, but also that self-care can help to manage stress and promote happiness! The middle segment of our newsletter includes a list of healthy habits and self-care tips that anyone can try. At the end of the month on August 31st it will be International Overdose Awareness Day- this day is an opportunity to do more to promote recovery and learn about the prevention of overdose. One of the
best ways to support the recovery mindset is by ending the stigmas that surround mental health and addiction struggles, and one way to do that is by using person-centered language (as it promotes nonjudgmental terminology). For example, by replacing a stigmatizing term like “addict” with a neutral phrase like “person with substance use disorder”, we can center the person instead of defining them
by their condition! If you or someone you love is struggling with substance use or at risk of overdose please call the Mental Health Help line at 9-8-8 or reach out to us for support and resources.
Hello, we hope everyone has had a good July! It sure has been a busy month but our newsletter
has a few great segments on some very important topics that we wanted to make sure to share!
First there is a highlight on summer months being the peak time for adolescents to experiment
with alcohol and drugs for the first time. We talked about the risks of using these drugs, especially
in the hottest months of the year, and why it’s so important to establish substance use
prevention strategies for teens early on so they don’t risk any short or long term effects.
The next segment is just as important- July is BIPOC Mental Health Month! This month all around
the nation mental health support groups and facilities have been advocating even louder for the challenges and needs of historically oppressed racial and ethnic groups in the US. This is such an important topic because even to this day Black and Indigenous people and other people of color
(BIPOC) experience a wide spectrum of discrimination and inequity, and mental health
professionals are essential to addressing the systemic discrepancies in the quality of & access to
care of these individuals. Lastly we wanted to share that there is a new easy to remember number available 24/7 for those struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues! Instead of the
longer 1-800 number anyone can now dial 9-8-8 to be connected to a professional at a crisis
center who can offer support and resources.
“The same stereotypes that keep us from viewing substance addiction as an illness instead
of a character flaw also keep us from seeing the root cause of these addictions.
For many, addiction is paired with mental illness.”
June is in full swing, and this months Discovery Counseling newsletter highlights the serious
importance of mental health and well-being. With it being Veteran suicide and PTSD awareness
month, as well as Pride month, we felt it was a good time to share some information about the
negative effects of built up stress followed by the positive impacts that can come from both
physical and mindfulness exercises! We also added a list of recommended mental health resources
that anyone can look into or feel free to call us for more information on. If you or a loved one are
struggling with mental health issues, especially thoughts of self harm, please call 911 or the
suicide prevention lifeline at 800-273-8255 as soon as possible.
May is National Mental Health awareness month, so this months Newsletter focuses on self
esteem during recovery! While low self esteem is not technically considered a mental illness,
it has been linked to different severities of mental health issues, especially in regards to addiction recovery. We wanted to have a segment with a few helpful exercises that those in recovery can
do to uplift feelings of self worth, and we also included a few highly recommended recovery
specific podcasts with a short description on each one for readers choice. The spotlight this
month is once again NeuroMeditation, but this time the emphasis is on Mindfulness style and it’s
benefits. The source links will be down below, but if you would like more information or
support please feel welcome to contact us!
Happy April! April is National Alcohol Awareness month, so our newsletter has a large
section on Alcohol Use Disorder. If you are unsure if alcohol is becoming a problem for
you or a loved one this segment may be helpful for you!
We also did a spotlight on NeuroMeditation, specifically the Focus type! Focus meditation is
one of multiple types of meditation that can be beneficial in recovery and in general!
Check out the newsletter to learn more.
We hope it’s been a good March for all!
In our newsletter this month we did a spotlight on the company that
makes our favorite Yerba Mate drink! They’ve teamed up with Ben
Haggerty (Macklemore) who has been in recovery for 12 years.
We also went over the four Neuro-Meditation styles more in depth,
which led perfectly into March being National Sleep Awareness month!
Neuro-Meditation can be beneficial for many different issues including
depression, anxiety, adhd, and insomnia. Insomnia affects at least 25%
of Americans every year, and addiction ties into it for nearly 50% of them.
PAWS (post acute withdrawal syndrome) is another thing that many people
in recovery go through in varying degrees, and insomnia is a common symptom.
At Discovery Counseling we are happy to offer support in these areas, so if
you or a loved one are struggling in/near Corvallis feel free to reach out!