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Mental Wellness Resources and Tips

Mental Wellness Resources and Tips

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time dedicated to focusing on destigmatizing mental health and raising awareness that mental health affects everyone. We are only one degree away from someone who suffers from a mental health illness or challenge.

It’s No Joke – Laughing is Good for Mental Wellness

It’s No Joke – Laughing is Good for Mental Wellness

Have you heard the old proverb “Laughter is the best medicine?” April is National Humor Month, a time to bring awareness to the therapeutic value of humor. Research shows that laughter has positive benefits to us physically, mentally and emotionally. Here are 10 fun facts about how humor can help with your health.

As a Social Worker I am Here to…

As a Social Worker I am Here to…

On the wall of the JFS Social Service office there is a canvas print that describes what it means to be a social worker, such as listening and discussing steps with clients, as well as helping people discover feelings and strengths, identify options, and learn to choose. But, as the artwork states, the biggest part is providing support for change.

Winter Emergency Notice

Winter Emergency Notice

During the February 2021 winter weather emergency, JFS has gathered some information and resources that could be helpful for those in need.

Words Have Meaning. Words Have Power.

Words Have Meaning. Words Have Power.

Whether you are talking to someone else or talking to yourself, words have meaning and power. Words change the way we think about and receive messages. You might have noticed that terms in the mental health field have changed over time as our field evolves.

The Unflinching Light COVID-19 Shines on Mental Health Care

The Unflinching Light COVID-19 Shines on Mental Health Care

The COVID-19 crisis has shone a bright, unflinching light on the flaws in the foundations of mental health care. A recent study conducted on behalf of American Psychological Association found that nearly 80% of American adults say the coronavirus pandemic is a significant source of stress in their lives. Here is what JFS has seen in individuals.

5 Reasons Why People Don’t Start Therapy Even When They Know They Need Help

5 Reasons Why People Don’t Start Therapy Even When They Know They Need Help

There are plenty of news articles, social media posts and people out there saying that you should ask for mental health help if you need it. You don’t have to do this crazy world alone. Deciding you want to seek help is a great first step. But oftentimes “just call us” can seem like an uphill battle to the person needing help.

Exploring Mental Health and Social Justice Issues Through the Arts

Exploring Mental Health and Social Justice Issues Through the Arts

Theater has been part of my entire life. It has been the guiding light and companion for me throughout the mental health challenges I’ve faced since I was much younger. I earned my bachelor’s degree in drama therapy because of how theater can help others to explore issues through the art of storytelling.  

Unique Challenges of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Unique Challenges of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

More than ever before, grandparents – and other relatives – find themselves stepping into a more significant role in raising children. With this comes complex emotions for not only the children but the caretakers as well. Learn about the three main emotional issues grandparents raising grandchildren typically have to work through.

Mental Health Isn’t a Competition

Mental Health Isn’t a Competition

When something triggers your anxiety or PTSD, it is important to remember that mental health isn’t a competition. There isn’t a need to feel guilty about your feelings if others had worse experiences.

Combating Corona Fatigue

Combating Corona Fatigue

Many people are experiencing caution fatigue related to COVID-19. This is when people start to have low motivation to follow safety guidelines. Learn why this is happening and how to combat it.

Why Education is an Important Pillar of our Mission

Why Education is an Important Pillar of our Mission

The JFS team works on our mission of enhancing the quality of life of individuals and families of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds. We do so through three pillars – Service, Compassion, and Education.

Historically, we’ve provided service, compassion, and education mainly through our individual mental health counseling and social service programs. But recently, we’ve seen a shift in one of the pillars – Education.

JFS Expands Counseling to Foster Care Community

JFS Expands Counseling to Foster Care Community

Counseling and resources will be available to foster care children in Bexar County thanks to a new partnership with JFS, CASA, and Bexar County Children’s Court as part of the Fostering Educational Success Pilot Program. The goal of the partnership is to give these children, and their foster families, useful mental wellness skills needed as they become young adults.

How do we quit shaming?

How do we quit shaming?

During a scary time in my life – having my daughter sick with a fairly unknown virus (COVID-19) – I wasn’t just consumed with taking care of her, I also was consumed with shaming from some of those close to me. The shaming was covert. Where does the shaming come from and how can we correct it?

Is School Stressing You Out?

Is School Stressing You Out?

My husband and I both work full time and we aren’t sure what to do with our children once school starts. I know my kids would do better in school, but worry about them getting sick or spreading COVID-19. I don’t want to make the wrong decision. There is no good answer and it is keeping me up at night with worry.

No End in Sight

No End in Sight

Are you anxious about how long it is taking the pandemic to end? When life feels out of control, here are some things you can do to ease your anxiety.

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