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8 Things Children of Incarcerated Parents Need To Know.
They cannot be blamed for their parent's incarceration
To know what will remain the same and what will change during the parent's incarceration (such as contact with the parent, living situation, school situation, etc.) To visit and maintain contact with their parent when permitted to do so
To know they are still loved
To be encouraged to express their feelings about their parent and their parent's incarceration
To have stability and consistency in their living situation and daily routine
To feel safe
To realize that a person's choices in life lead to different consequence
By Veronica Morano
A person with social anxiety disorder feels symptoms of anxiety or fear in situations where they may be scrutinized, evaluated, or judged by others. Examples of this could be speaking in public, meeting new people, a job interview, answering a question in class, or having to talk to a cashier in a store. The fear that people with social anxiety disorder may have in social situations is so intense that they feel it is beyond their control. For some, this gets in the way of everyday tasks like attending work or school and can lead to avoiding places or events that cause distress. (NIMH) Social anxiety disorder is generally treated with talk therapy, medication, or both. Speak with a provider about the best treatment for you.
Affirmations for Social Anxiety:
· I am welcome here.
· I choose peace over worry.
· It is okay to feel anxious in social situations. I am not alone in feeling this way.
· I can choose to be kind to myself and not judge myself for feeling anxious.
· It is normal to make mistakes and have awkward moments. I don’t have to be perfect.
· I am worthy of love and acceptance, even if I struggle in social situations.
· My confidence in myself is growing with each passing day.
· I trust in myself and my ability to navigate social situations with ease and grace.
· I am not defined by my social anxiety.
· I let go of the fear of judgement.
Reference: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (n.d.-b). Social anxiety disorder: More than just shyness. National Institute of Mental Health. https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/social-anxiety-disorder-more-than-just-shyness
Black History Month 2024
"Try to be a rainbow in someone else's cloud"
Greetings to all and here we are in February 2024! We at The Mental Mediator celebrate diversity and inclusiveness year round. What better way to kick off Black History Month than with a quote from the amazing Maya Angelou. Our wonderfully supportive staff do just that - provide hope, happiness, and yes, even rainbows when you may be feeling lost in moments of darkness.
Pride Month is a time for LGBTQ+ members to gather and celebrate their freedom to live authentically. As pride month comes to an end, it is important that we keep the momentum and positivity going. The LGBTQ+ community deserves to be affirmed, safe, supported, proud, and live mentally healthy lives. (Mental Health America)
Although being LGBTQ+ is absolutely not a mental illness, many LGBTQ+ people experience mental health struggles. LGBTQ+ teens are 6 times more likely to experience symptoms of depression than non-LGBTQ+ identifying teens. LGBTQ+ youth are over 2 times as likely to feel suicidal and over 4 times as likely to attempt suicide compared to heterosexual youth. Forty-eight% of transgender adults report that they have considered suicide in the last year, compared to 4% of the overall US population.
Ongoing stigma, discrimination, lack of support, and other factors contribute to these higher rates of depression, anxiety, suicide, and more. With acceptance, allyship, and appropriate treatment, family and friends can help their loved ones prevent, manage, and overcome mental struggles. (Ellis, 2021.)
We support equality and acceptance by providing a safe space to every identity.
If you or an LGBTQ+ individual you know is struggling or in crisis, help is available. Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org. You can also reach a trained counselor at The Trevor Project at 866-488-7386 and Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860. Or call to schedule with one of our trained therapists at The Mental Mediator 484.515.6125.
Ellis, M. E. (2021, July 22). 5 ways to support your LGBTQ loved one’s mental health. Constellation Behavioral Health. https://www.constellationbehavioralhealth.com/blog/5-ways-to-support-your-lgbtq-loved-ones-mental-health/
LGBTQ+ communities and Mental Health. Mental Health America. (n.d.). https://mhanational.org/issues/lgbtq-communities-and-mental-health