Category: Awareness

Sunstone Applauds Launch of 988 Hotline for Mental Health Emergencies

We applaud the nationwide launch of the 988 Suicide & Crisis Hotline on July 16. 988 has been designated as the simplified three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, connecting callers to trained counselors 24/7 for free. While 988 is not a new number, it was previously only accessible in certain parts of the U.S., so this marks the first time it will be available nationwide. 

Understanding PTSD: You Are Not Alone

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can originate from experiencing or witnessing any number of frightening or distressing events, such as a serious accident, a natural disaster, combat or a violent assault, or personal abuse or harassment. If you’re living with PTSD, you may feel as though you’re destined to deal with these symptoms forever. But treatment is possible, and you do not have to bear this burden alone. 

Juneteenth: A Time for Reflection and Healing

Juneteenth marks a historical moment – one of celebration for the ending of a horrific practice – and is also a time for reflection. The lingering intergenerational trauma wrought by slavery is still felt today, and our country’s systems and institutions remain intricately linked with racist beliefs and policies that marginalize and oppress Black and African American individuals. This Juneteenth, we want to shine a light on the mental health of this community, and highlight how we can all help dismantle barriers to achieving mental well-being.

Shining a Light on LGBTQIA+ Mental Health

June is Pride month, an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the lives and contributions of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA+) community. While the dancing and colorful festivities are a wonderful way to celebrate, it’s also an opportunity to shine a light on the unique challenges members of this community face, particularly when it comes to their mental health and well-being.

Mental Health Awareness Isn’t Just for May

While we talk about the importance of prioritizing mental health year-round, Sunstone Counseling celebrates the dedication of May as Mental Health Awareness Month. We envision a world where seeing a therapist is as commonplace as seeing a primary care doctor—where people grappling with emotional and relational challenges can easily access the professional services they need to not only survive, but thrive.

The Power of Vulnerability

By its very definition, vulnerability is uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure. Even when we try to control every aspect of our every day, we will be met with unexpected situations that require us to respond – with no script and no guarantee of perfection. We can try to avoid being vulnerable, or we can choose to face the uncertainties of life head-on, knowing that vulnerability often leads to greater intimacy, self-worth, and compassion for ourselves and others.

Infertility’s Impact on Women’s Mental Health

woman worried about pregnancy test - perinatal mental health

For many women, the conception and birth of a child is a momentous, long-awaited, and life changing event. Even the emotional rollercoaster that comes with sleepless nights and rapidly changing hormones is mitigated by the excitement of, and love for, a new baby. But for the millions of women grappling with the challenge of infertility, the mere topic of babies and motherhood can be heartbreaking.

Recognizing Alcohol Awareness Month

In recognition of April as Alcohol Awareness Month – which seeks to raise public awareness and educate people about the treatment and prevention of alcoholism – here are just a few of the ways alcohol can affect your physical and mental health, and how you can seek out help for you or a loved one. 

Four Things To Never Say to Someone Who Has Been Sexually Assaulted

In the wake of the #metoo movement, the highly publicized cases of Brock Turner, Harvey Weinstein, and Brett Kavanaugh have evoked thousands of men and women to come forward and share their stories of sexual assault. Sharing about the incident with someone you trust can be helpful, but only if the response is one of belief, support, and non-judgment. It is important to know what to say — or what NOT to say — to someone who has shared a history of sexual assault.

5 Ways to Support Sexual Assault Survivors

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and there is no better time to address the silence that is fueled by sexual assault. Sexual assault thrives on silence; the louder we can show our support for survivors, the more we shed light on an epidemic. Here are 5 ways that you can help.

How Parents Can Support Their Transgender Child

What makes someone feel they have been born into the wrong body? We’re still discovering how individuals form their gender identities and how to support people who don’t identify with their biological sex or social constructs around being a man or a woman. For parents or caregivers of a transgender child, it can be a confusing and overwhelming journey, but there are ways you can understand and support them.

Social Work for Social Good: Celebrating National Social Worker Month

This year’s celebration of National Social Worker Month is particularly significant as our country grapples with societal turmoil such as the pandemic, economic and social inequities, and the increased need for mental and emotional health treatment. At its core, social work holds the values of service, social justice, dignity, human relationships, integrity and competence.