Thursday, September 15, 2016

Volunteering "Helping others, Helping ourselves"

There has been some recent research demonstrating that volunteerism can help improve your health. There is evidence stating that helping out in a charitable way can improve your health from improving your blood pressure to extending your life. There was a study that demonstrated that older adults who volunteered fro at least 200 hours per year had improved their blood pressure, levels physical activity and psychological well being. Volunteering can get people out and about, gets you to be mobile, mentally stimulated, engaged in their community and be more social. Research shows links between a lack of social interaction and increased risk of dementia.

Research does warn that there is such thing as too much of a good thing. Ideally it is better to do up to 10 hours month for optimal benefits, based on research funding.

Over the years, they've identified five primary motivations for volunteering:
Values. Volunteering to satisfy personal values or humanitarian concerns. For some people this can have a religious component.
Community concern. Volunteering to help a particular community, such as a neighborhood or ethnic group, to which you feel attached.
Esteem enhancement. Volunteering to feel better about yourself or escape other pressures.
Understanding. Volunteering to gain a better understanding of other people, cultures or places.
Personal development. Volunteering to challenge yourself, meet new people and make new friends, or further your career.

For more information about the research of volunteering, go to http://www.apa.org/monitor/dec06/helping.aspx

What will motivate you to volunteer? What are you interested in?


There are many ways and avenues in the area of Roanoke and surrounding area to volunteer. Talk to your counselor and find out what will move you!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Providing Support to LGBTQA plus Individuals

It is important for us to learn how to better support our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Asexual/ Ally, plus, peers, family, friends, and colleagues. This is an all too often oppressed group. Check out the link below to learn more about what you can do to help! http://www.glsen.org/ If you identify as LGBTQA Plus and are experiencing social and/or mental health challenges, call Psychological Health Roanoke at 540-772-5140 to schedule an appointment with a skilled and compassionate licensed clinician.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Anxiety and Depression

If you or someone you know is managing anxiety and/or depression, then the link below for the Anxiety and Depression Association of America is a website for you. At this site you will find facts about different types of anxiety and depression in addition to personal stories and resources. http://www.adaa.org/ If you are dealing with Anxiety and/or Depression, please call Psychological Health Roanoke at 540-772-5140 to schedule an appointment with a skilled, compassionate licensed provider. We have clinicians available to help you start on your road to recovery and reclaiming your happiness.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Trauma and Police Officers

http://www.nami.org/Blogs/NAMI-Blog/May-2016/The-Surprising-Casualty-of-Violent-Tragedies-Poli Check out this article at the above link to learn more about the impact of trauma on police officers. If you are a police officer or any other emergency services personnel and you are experiencing trauma, give our office at call at 540-772-5140. We have licensed clinicians ready to help you.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Lyme Disease

Check out the link below to find out more information about Lyme disease. Lyme disease can become a serious condition if not appropriately diagnoses and treated. http://www.cdc.gov/lyme/index.html

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Antidepressants Medication

Check out this testimony of how an antidepressant medication helped someone reclaim their quality of life. https://www.nami.org/Personal-Stories/How-Antidepressants-Saved-My-Life

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Caffeine and Mental Health

There is research evidence that caffeine intake can have a direct effect on mental health. Check out the link below to see an article on this topic. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20164571