Suicidal Feelings/Andy

Be Aware Of Suicidal Feelings People having a crisis sometimes perceive their dilemma as inescapable and feel an utter loss of control. These are some of the feelings and thoughts people experience in crisis. Can’t stop the pain Can’t think clearly Can’t make decisions Can’t see any way out Can’t sleep, eat or work Can’t […]
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Active Listening/Action Steps

Practice Active Listening Hearing someone talk is different from actively listening to what that person is saying. Active listening requires concentration and understanding. Improving your listening skills is easy to do with practice and these helpful tips. Acknowledge the Speaker This can be as simple as a head nod or an “Uh huh.” By acknowledging […]
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Substance Abuse and Suicide

Substance abuse is one of the top risk factors for suicide.  Those who experience the lows of depression/mood disorders and use drugs and alcohol to alleviate their pain, are at a much higher risk of fatal or nonfatal suicide attempts. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and depression and other mental […]
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Suicide Warning Signs

Suicide Warning Signs If you or someone you know exhibits any of these, seek help by calling the Lifeline. Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live Talking about feeling […]
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Sad Suicide in the Sky

Wellness is multi-dimensional and includes mind, body, and spirit.  A strong foundation in each is important to live a healthy life. I believe that the physical component of health may be of less individual importance than any of these interrelated factors. Unfortunately, the stigma of mental health issues is ever-present! The stolen Horizon airplane at […]
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Seattle Summer Awe

When the weather cooperates, the Seattle area shines from every angle.  I awoke late this morning to an unusual light peeking in my window.  When I stepped outside on this magnificent morning, I got a view of the most spectacular sunrise!!!   The video was so revealing with the layers of light from the sun […]
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Magical Music

Music can be a source of pleasure, but research has also shown that there are many different psychological benefits as well.  Music can influence your thoughts and feelings, impact your mood, and even inspire action.  Music therapy is an intervention sometimes utilized to promote emotional health, help patients cope with stress, and boost psychological well-being. […]
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Awe in the Sky

In July, I blogged about the importance of play and finding your awe as a means of supporting your health and wellness foundation.  I recently had the opportunity to take an awe-inspiring flight with my son over Puget Sound.  We took off from Boeing Field in Seattle, flew north to Kingston, circled back down over […]
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8/2/14

Can it be just four short years ago the sun set on this special McYalowitz day? The setting and weather were so perfect for your wedding! Happy 4th Anniversary Kevan & Grace! The sweet sisters and the wild brothers, along with family and friends, came together to celebrate your love! And then we ate… wow did […]
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Family, Fun, and Food

There are an unlimited number of ways to play.  One of my favorite ways to play is by spending time in the kitchen.  I especially love cooking with family and friends.  It is like a double dose of fun.  My featured photo is a mostly vegan meal I made for some special young women in […]
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