The Silent Threat of Suicidality and Mental Illness in the Workplace

This blog addresses mental illnesses in the workplace, including suicide. If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please call the 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-8255 for free, confidential support.   In 2017, an email from a software company CEO named Ben Congleton went viral. It started when a …

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Addressing Suicide Ideation: How to Find the Right Therapist

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for free, confidential, 24/7 support. Many adults who experience suicidal thoughts do not access mental health services, and those who do begin treatment often do not finish it. In fact, the American Psychological Association has found …

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How to Approach Mindful, Purposeful Parenting

Parenting is no easy feat. Everyday life can be difficult enough without young ones testing your patience. Whether it is the chaos that ensues from waking up 10 minutes late and derailing your routine, or an unpredictable toddler who throws a tantrum at 7 in the morning because they weren’t allowed to put their pacifier …

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Accompanying a Loved One Through Grief

Anyone who has lived for any length of time has experienced loss and grief. It’s an inevitable part of life. Having friends and family comfort us and help us through those times is critical. But, what happens when it isn’t clear to us what the person needs, what is appropriate, or we’re uncomfortable with the …

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What is Borderline Personality Disorder?

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a condition that affects a person’s ability to regulate emotions, maintain relationships and achieve a sense of self. Common Symptoms: Feeling empty or sense of worthlessness Struggling to control emotions Strong and intense feelings of shame Difficulty getting or keeping strong and meaningful relationships Persistent thoughts, feelings, urges, or history …

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Finding Happiness: the Pursuit of Mental Wellness

The pursuit of happiness: It’s something we have all aspired to. It’s a concept so common as to have inspired countless books, movies and art. It’s even in the Declaration of Independence! Yet, it is the pursuit of mental wellness that will actually give people the effect for which they truly desire. That is because …

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14 Ways to Manage Stress through Mindfulness

Stress is a common feeling that every person experiences at times, resulting from a demand on the brain and body. It can be beneficial, for example when a person is faced with a life-endangering hazard or needs to prepare for a test at school. But an over abundance of stress can also be harmful to …

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Taking Back the Control: Non-Suicidal Self-Injury

In the 1990’s, Great Britain’s Princess Diana was one of the first high profile people to open up about her struggle with self-injury. Awareness about non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) has since continued to grow. Yet, it is still widely misunderstood and the behavior remains just as prevalent today. In fact, one study found up to 24 percent of …

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Overcoming Depression in a Marriage

Love is one of the most powerful and exhilarating emotions to experience, and when two people are happy and satisfied in a relationship, it flourishes. However, as life presents inevitable challenges, even the strongest of bonds will become stressed. Most couples do recognize that happy times will be interrupted by hardships at some point, such …

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Nancy Spargo to Present on Early Childhood Screenings at AlignSTL

On March 7 and 8, 2018, EducationPlus in conjunction with Ready by 21 will host the AlignSTL Conference at UMSL. St. Louis Center for Family Development CEO Nancy Spargo will co-present alongside Sanaria Sulaiman, Director of Project LAUNCH, about early childhood screenings for social emotional development. Spargo is the Chair of the Health and Mental Health Committee …

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Preparing Your Family for an Adoptive Sibling

If you are preparing to adopt a child, you probably already have an inkling of how daunting a process it is — and just how rewarding it will be. It’s important, however, to remember that all members of your family are preparing to welcome a new child into their home, and some may struggle to …

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10 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

For some people, the winter months are a welcomed time of year associated with festive holidays, snow days and family gatherings. But for others, this time of year might not be the season of Yuletide cheer. While mood changes, low energy and an increased appetite may just be a result of the cold weather, the symptoms …

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Ms. Spargo interviewed by National Public Radio about Immigration Service Provider Network

Nancy Spargo, CEO and Co-Founder currently  leads the Immigration Service Provider Network as an initiative within the social impact efforts of St. Louis Center for Family Development. The Immigrant Service Providers Network (ISPN) supports the foreign born and their families in the St. Louis region by increasing community resources, advocating for inclusive policies and services, …

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