The Truth About Teens and Screen Time

By Patti Richards On a typical Friday night in America, a family gathers at a local restaurant to eat before a movie, a game or as a treat after a long week. Work, sports practice, homework, clubs, meetings and networking pull the parents, brothers and sisters in many different directions. But when mom, dad and…

Suicide Prevention Efforts at Rolling Hills Hospital

Each year, more than 41,000 individuals die by suicide, leaving behind their friends and family members to navigate the tragedy of loss. As a part of National Suicide Prevention Awareness month, Rolling Hills Hospital encourages you to find out more about how we are making every effort to champion suicide prevention on a local level…

A Nurse Is a Hero in the Shadows

Written by Noah benShea In every language across time and space, in every voice of pain and hurt, there has always been one plea, one shout, one agonized whisper that has a common yearning: “Please God, we need a nurse.” I’m not sure how people come to know they want to be a nurse, but…

Is Online Therapy Beneficial?

By Martha McLaughlin The digital age has vastly altered the way that people access information and entertainment. It’s affected the way that people interact socially and is beginning to change the healthcare industry. In the mental health arena, online tools are being used, but much is yet to be determined about how they compare to…

The ABCs of ECT: Getting Past Misconceptions

By Martha McLaughlin Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a safe and effective treatment for severe depression and a variety of other mental health concerns, but because of its history and portrayal in popular media, it may be misunderstood or even feared. The treatments first used in the 1940s were problematic, but today’s ECT bears little resemblance…

Research Shows Link Between Heat, Mental Illness

Being hot is uncomfortable and aggravating, especially when humidity tags along with the heat and hangs heavy in the air. So it’s hardly surprising that a study conducted in a Vietnamese mental hospital during a five-year span showed hospitalizations spiked considerably during heat waves. The study was published in the form of a thesis by…

Nashville Police, Justice System Show Compassion Toward Mentally Ill

The stories make the news with increasing frequency: A frightened person screaming for help when nobody else sees danger. Suicidal or scared people climbing onto freeway overpasses or bridges, either contemplating taking a leap or just contemplating. A confused, bewildered person walking around naked in an airport. Where do they usually end up? In jail….

Federal Data Shows Many Misusing Opioids Have “Serious” Co-occurring Mental Disorder

Roughly 41.2 percent of all people who have a substance use disorder have a co-occurring mental disorder, 2015 statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services show.1 But until now, specific data as to how often mental illness coincides with opiate use disorders has not been available. In late January 2017, the Substance…

How to Cope with Bereavement When You’re Sober

When difficult things happen, addicts habitually turn to their addiction to block out pain and discomfort. If you attend a treatment or rehab program, you learn how to cope with negative events in a healthy way, so that breakups or job losses do not lead to relapse. But there is perhaps one issue that is…

Suicides Rates Rise in Tennessee —and Other Unexpected Locations

It’s not something any community wants to see: suicide rates trending up, up, up. But it’s also not something to be ignored, particularly when treatment options like Lakeside Hospital in Memphis are right in our backyard. Tennessee’s suicide rate is the highest it has been in five years, according to the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network….