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Using the Five Senses for Anxiety Relief

Anxiety is a disease that bites many. Anxiety doesn’t discriminate against age, sex, religion, race, or any other related demographics. It affects people differently and manifests in different ways. It can affect our thoughts, emotions, and even physical health if we let it get out of control.

Everyone might deal with fright or worry from time to time, but take it up another notch and anxiety will override any of those milder forms. Anxiety is nothing to be afraid of because it can be mastered with the right tools. The following is a list of tricks on how to use your five senses to calm and overcome your anxiety. Perhaps one sense helps more than the rest. Read More…

The Loneliness of First Year College Students

In Sunday’s New York Times, columnist Frank Bruni alerts readers to a plight of many first (and I would add 2nd and 3rd and 4th) year college students: loneliness. I’d also include graduate students and some adults in this same grouping.

Bruni makes a point that is often ignored: adjustment to college is not all that easy for students: they are away from home and away from the familiar. While opportunity abounds, that does not mean students (whatever their stage or age) are completely comfortable and at ease in their new surroundings. Read More…

Suicide Prevention in College: A Valuable Resource Guide on Emergency Assistance, Warning Signs & Prevention of Suicide in College Students

Suicide is a complex public health issue with several causes, including psychiatric illnesses that may have not been recognized or treated. Substance abuse and mental disorders account for approximately 90 percent of those who have died by suicide, but these illnesses are treatable and people suffering from them do get better. Many treatment options are available, and there have been several recent advances in treating and understanding suicide. This guide was designed to offer hope and help for those who are experiencing suicidal thoughts, as well as the friends and family who want so badly to help them. Read More…

Public Talk on Traumatic Brain Injury and Suicide: with a special focus on Veterans

What: Eric Boyer will be holding a public talk on traumatic brain injury and suicide. His talk will have a special focus on veterans. Topics to be discussed include:
*Suicide and TBI prevalence in Alaska
*Shared Risk Factors
*Risks and Prevention for Veterans
*Suicide Risk Assessment
*Treatment Considerations
*TBI and Suicide Prevention
Eric Boyer is a training coordinator with the UAA Center for Human Development, Trust Training Cooperative, were his primary focus is centered on suicide prevention and intervention. He has spent the last eight years working in collaboration with the Alaska Dept of Behavioral Health to train and equip community members across our state in recognizing the warning signs of suicide and how to intervene. Eric is a Certified QPR Institute Master Trainer.
When: June 14th, 2016, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Bartlett Hospital’s Robert Valliant Center Board Room.

Lunch Talk for Medical and Behavioral Health Professionals on Traumatic Brain Injury and Suicide: with a special focus on Veterans

What: Eric Boyer will be holding a lunch time talk for professionals in the medical and behavioral health fields. Lunch will be provided. The talk will be on traumatic brain injury and suicide. His talk will have a special focus on veterans. Topics to be discussed include:
*Suicide and TBI prevalence in Alaska
*Shared Risk Factors
*Risks and Prevention for Veterans
*Suicide Risk Assessment
*Treatment Considerations
*TBI and Suicide Prevention
Eric Boyer is a training coordinator with the UAA Center for Human Development, Trust Training Cooperative, were his primary focus is centered on suicide prevention and intervention. He has spent the last eight years working in collaboration with the Alaska Dept of Behavioral Health to train and equip community members across our state in recognizing the warning signs of suicide and how to intervene. Eric is a Certified QPR Institute Master Trainer.
When: June 14th, 2016, 12 to 1 p.m.
Where: Bartlett Hospital’s Robert Valliant Center Board Room.