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A Blog for Hope

“Hope,” the word seems to just roll off our tongues so easily. “I hope the Cardinals win.” I hope it doesn’t rain today.” I hope we get there on time.” But, what happens when it comes to personal issues? What then? A lost job, a diagnosis you were not expecting to hear. Where is hope then?

Hope is defined as a “confident desire: a feeling that something desirable is likely to happen.” There are scores of people needing to recapture a sense of hope in their lives and perhaps you are one of those people.

The following articles are written with you in mind. Each week a different article will be posted that is meant to give you and others like you, New Hope. A hope that, no matter the circumstances, no matter the struggle you face, there is hope. If, after reading the article, you need to talk to someone, please feel free to contact New Hope Behavioral Health at 573-860-1601(02).

8 Dec 2014

Five Tips for Better Mental Health This Holiday Season

Five Tips for Better Mental Health This Holiday Season

New Hope Senior Behavioral Health Center director James Huitt, PhD, discusses some of the issues that we all experience to a greater or lesser degree during the time leading up to and during the coming holidays.

This week: Five Tips for Better Mental Health This Holiday Season

As we gather together with friends and family members for holiday meals, many of us will come face-to-face with the reality of the holiday season: it can be challenging for people with mental health issues. Close quarters, lots of togetherness and seeing family members that you might tend to avoid the rest of the year can trigger emotional breakdowns, stress and other not-so-fun outcomes.

Author: James Huitt
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1 Dec 2014

A Lonely Holiday

A Lonely Holiday

New Hope Senior Behavioral Health Center director James Huitt, PhD, discusses some of the issues that we all experience to a greater or lesser degree during the time leading up to and during the coming holidays.

This week: Loneliness During the Holidays

The holiday season is generally thought of as a time of joy and love, but for many people, it’s a time of loneliness. Some people live far from family and miss seeing their loved ones this time of year; others dread going to holiday parties and New Year’s Eve celebrations without a partner and end up staying home; it’s also common for people to feel emotional distance from the people they're with, thus feeling lonely even if they're in a room full of people. For those who feel lonely during the holidays, this time of year can be a time of additional stress. If you're experiencing loneliness that causes you stress during the holiday season, the following suggestions can help.

Author: James Huitt
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24 Nov 2014

How to overcome the Holiday Blues

How to overcome the Holiday Blues

New Hope Senior Behavioral Health Center director James Huitt, PhD, discusses some of the issues that we all experience to a greater or lesser degree during the time leading up to and during the coming holidays.

This week: How to overcome the Holiday Blues

There are many factors that can cause the depressed, stressed, agitated, fatigued, down and out, dreaded bad feelings that many people experience over the holidays. In order to effectively resolve and overcome the holiday blues, you need to know what they are about for you.

Author: James Huitt
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