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How to boost your emotional resilience

Ever dealt with a really difficult situation? We've all had our emotional resilience tested. Sometimes it feels like you just want to give up.

How do the toughest people summon the will to keep going? Steven Southwick and Dennis Charney have studied resilient people for over 20 years. They spoke with Vietnam prisoners of war, Special Forces instructors, and civilians who dealt with terrible experiences like medical problems, abuse, and trauma.


Statement by Linda Rosenberg, president and CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health on the Orlando nightclub shooting.

June 13, 2016

We grieve for the victims, their families, the witnesses and the greater Orlando community after this horrific act of violence.
And we are grateful for and stand with the community mental health providers who will support the community in the painful aftermath.

The psychological wounds of a trauma of this magnitude can be severe. For survivors, the world may no longer feel safe. Mass violence once confined to action movies and war zones became a reality in their own backyard. In a moment, their sense of safety and trust in the world around them shattered.

These reactions are natural responses to mass violence.

An individual’s experience of trauma impacts every area of functioning — physical, mental, behavioral, social, spiritual. The economic costs of untreated trauma-related alcohol and drug abuse alone were estimated at $161 billion in 2000. The human costs are incalculable.

Healing is possible. People are resilient and when support is in place, a person can find meaning in their lives again, even after a terrible tragedy.

We urge members of the Orlando community – and those in other places who are reacting to news coverage – to be aware of symptoms of trauma and reach out for help. Symptoms may include headaches, backaches, stomachaches; sweating and/or heart palpitations; and changes in sleep patterns and appetite. If you or someone you love needs help, use the SAMHSA Treatment Services Locator (https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov) or call 1-800-985-5990.

The National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America’s mental health and addictions treatment organizations. Together with 2,500 member organizations, serving 10 million adults, children and families living with mental illnesses and addictions, the National Council is committed to all Americans having access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery. The National Council was instrumental in bringing Mental Health First Aid to the USA and more than 500,000 individuals have been trained. In 2014, the National Council merged with the State Associations of Addiction Services (SAAS). To learn more about the National Council, visit The National Council Organization
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We all experience difficult times when despair, anxiety, trauma, loss or change feels overwhelming. You're not alone, and there are ways to get through the pain.


Our therapists meet you wherever you are on life’s journey. It’s a safe place to help clarify life's complicated problems and gain new skills in addressing the issues.


Sometimes the connections between mind, body and spirit feel broken. Our therapists will help integrate all aspects of your life until you feel whole and at ease.

How we can help you today?

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Spirituality and faith crises
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Workplace stress & bullying

Helping people through difficulties.

Couples and Family Therapy:

Child & adolescent behavior issues
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Group Therapy:

Living with Bi-Polar
Living with Cancer: Support Group
Cancer Caregivers Support Group
Coping with Trauma

Community & Congregational Programs:

Mental Health First Aid for Adults and Youth
QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)
Gottman Institute Marriage Enrichment
Parenting with Peace & Purpose


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