“When you push life, it will push you back!” declared Eric Mares, clinical director at Taos Behavioral Health (TBH). “I see it in a lot of ways at TBH as people have strong expectations and believe life is returning to how it was before COVID.”
As this deeply sorrowful year winds down, all of us at Taos Behavioral Health (TBH) know that for ourselves, for our clients, for our community, sharing positive thoughts is critical for sustaining our lives. We have much to grieve but we also have an abundance of gifts to celebrate.
“I am having a bad Christmas because I am not with my family!” said a TBH youth client in foster care. “But this is the best break I have ever had because when I come to camp, they help me to not feel alone.”
We are undergoing difficult times related to our lack of cohesion as a nation that take me back to my service on the Army staff in the Pentagon. I was responsible for the issues related to race, drugs and alcohol, sexual harassment and all other discipline issues. Back in the early eighties, the nation was still suffering from the Vietnam malaise that made the task of creating an effective volunteer force even more problematic. While there were many views offered, the consensus in how to make the Army a more cohesive force, centered on generating team spirit, confidence and caring and mutual respect through realistic training.
Editor’s Note: The holiday season is fully upon us, a time when celebrations can offer an overwhelming menu of food choices. As our 11/11/21 Taos Behavioral Health column emphasized, self-care in the holidays is extremely important. This week our column is given to us by local diabetes expert Dr Neal Friedman, looking at the impact of eating behaviors on medical and mental health. [Read more…] about Eating, Minding our “Inner Voices” and Mental Health
At a session earlier this year, my therapist reminded me that no feeling is final. This phrase really resonated with me as I am processing abuse and trauma from my biological family; so I wrote it on a post-it that I keep on my desk. Particularly during the holiday season, we are flooded with so many feelings, some pleasant and some not so pleasant. We are told repeatedly through advertisements lacking a trauma-informed approach that we should be happy during the holiday season and that the time is best spent with your family; invariably defined as parents, siblings and children.
As the Holidays of harvest and light approach with the opportunity for friends and families to gather, the question arises of how to spend the holidays. So let us each take a pause now and reflect on what we most value about the coming weeks and months. Is it most important to connect with others? To catch up on rest and relaxation? To have an adventure somewhere new or return to a tradition? To share gifts, food, songs, connect with familiar religious practices?
Mothers and fathers everywhere – and all of us who care about the well-being of children – are concerned about the use of alcohol and other drugs (including tobacco) in our communities, particularly by children, teens, and young adults. Sadly, these concerns are even more warranted here in New Mexico. According to the NM Department of Health, alcohol-related death rates in our state have been the highest in the entire country for more than two decades, and in 2019 we had the twelfth-highest drug overdose death rate in the nation. Just as alarming, the suicide rate in New Mexico has been regularly among the highest in the nation since 1981.
Maybe you are one yourself? Here is good news. Clinician Steve Moser at Taos Behavioral Health (TBH) will be starting a new educational group for men focusing on avoiding and reducing anger and learning nonviolent conflict resolution. The group will be using the curriculum developed over a 16-year period for the Nonviolence Awareness Classes (NAC) at TBH.
“If you have been balancing on a surfboard for a year, your body and brain need some powerful self-care” declared Eric Mares, the Clinical Director of Taos Behavioral Health (TBH). Parents, teachers, social services professionals, and students are all exhausted by the repeated changes in health advice and the changing availability of interventions to save our lives.