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Dealing With Loneliness

“People have never had so many ways to connect, yet more and more of us feel disconnected,” says Markham Heid, author of “The Loneliness Epidemic” for TIME Magazine. This can be especially the case for those who are dealing with mental illnesses or addictions which drive them to isolate. Continue reading to learn more aboutRead More

What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Mental Illness?

What do we talk about when we talk about mental illness? This is a question posed by David Bjerklie, a writer for TIME Magazine. Language, he notes, is extremely important and always evolving. This question, he says, is as much medicine as it is language. “Our words frame and reflect our understanding (and misunderstandings) aboutRead More

The Insurance Issue

“More than 70,000 Americans died of overdoses in 2017, yet insurers spent only 1% of their total health care dollars on treatment for substance use disorders — a decrease from two years earlier,” reports Patrick J. Kennedy, author of “Mental health and addiction care are poorly covered by insurance networks.” Kennedy speaks of a newRead More

Navigating the System

Camalot Todd, the author of “Navigating The System: The Holding Center’s History with Mental Health, Suicides, and Substance Use,” writes that “in every country in the U.S. that has both a county jail and a county psychiatric facility, more seriously mentally ill people are incarcerated than hospitalized” (The Treatment Advocacy Center). This needs to change.Read More

Mental Illness Doesn’t Have to Become a Jail Sentence

In a story titled “When Mental Illness Becomes a Jail Sentence” for The Atlantic, author Paul Tullis describes scenarios where people with mental illnesses end up in jail. Instead of incarceration, these people should be receiving treatment for their mental health conditions. “Arrestees who are mentally incompetent to stand trial are supposed to be sentRead More

Don’t Give in to Peer Pressure to Look Cool

For many young adults, peer pressure is a very real thing that makes them want to engage in certain activities to look cool. Peer pressure can come from people you hang out with, but can also come from media. Substance use is portrayed in movies, television shows, and commercials as something cool to engage in.Read More


If you are struggling but are not in immediate danger, you may not know where to turn. If you are in immediate danger, you can call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. If you aren’t in a crisis, but you’re having trouble coping, you may feel like there is no one forRead More

Brené Brown — Wholehearted Living

Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston who studies courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy (Brené Brown). The Gifts of Imperfection was her first book. In it, she outlined how to like wholeheartedly. To live wholeheartedly, you must let go of one thing to nurture another. Villa Tranquil Recovery will go throughRead More

Rest Is Essential

Rest is an essential thing. No one can keep pushing through exhaustion and expect to get the results they got when they felt great. You need to know when your body is demanding rest. Don’t ignore this sign. At the end of a day, you must give yourself the rest you deserve and need. RestRead More

How You Talk To Yourself Matters

How you talk to yourself matters. Negative self-talk can ruin your whole mindset for the day. Your mental health is dependent on the words you feed your brain. The way you frame your thoughts can impact your mood and decisions. Just think: Would you talk to your 8-year-old self the way you’re talking to yourselfRead More