Health Is Vital

Health is taken for granted, until you can't any more. In this blog I hope to put down on paper some of the articles I come across and want to remember, about health. I will be personalizing these articles to apply to me. I am diabetic, over weight, have high blood pressure and tinnitus, so these are the things you will find here. I will include nutrition, exercise, and holistic health, and many other ideas. I work in the health profession, particularly mental health, and have an interest in suicide prevention; so these topics will also be covered in this blog. Please, if you are suffering reach out. Our county health and crisis line is 1-855-278-4204.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Trastorno Obsesivo Compulsive OCD (Spanish)

This is a pamphlet produced by National Institute of Mental Health.  It is in Spanish and covers OCD, and anxiety disorder.  Provided are symptoms, and possible next moves.  The most poignant thing of this pamphlet is the subtitle: When undesirable thoughts take control.  That is a good description in a nut shell. 

Hay ayudas por esta enfermedad.  Lo mejor seria hacer contacto con el departamento de salud mental en el condado donde ud vive.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Firefighters: Suicide Prevention

The Firefighters Mind Shield, Social Work Matters magazine, The University of Utah, College of Social Work, 2017-2018. 
Fire fighting is the profession with the highest rate of suicide attempts, suicide thoughts and suicide completions.  In fact, more firefighters die from suicide each year than from the job.  The rate of suicidal thoughts among firefighters approaches fifty percent, while the general public is five to fifteen percent.  (This must be incident of suicidal thoughts in the past year.)  Accidental mishaps are also very high among fire fighters. 
A firefighter is provided with protective equipment; however that equipment does not often include how to protect the mind.  Mind Shield is a cognitively based, mindfulness approach.  They have been training Salt Lake City firefighters in how to protect the mind with cognitive skills.  This includes a 90-minute educational session on Brain Burn (Post Traumatic Stress.)   The second part focuses on specific tools to protect the mind.  It is geared to keeping the mind at a higher level processing and problem solving, rather than a primitive level where we react to fear.  the third part focusing on strained relationships firefighters may have.  this session involves family members so they too can be aware of the struggles. 
Results of the study have not yet been published, but about half of the firefighters of Salt Lake have received the training.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

VMC Infomail Newsletter: Pregnancy and Infant Loss

I wanted to share this because it starts with pregnancy loss statistics, mentioning stillborn births and miscarriages.  Sheri and I have gone through both of these, and it is not fun.  I have heard of others going through the same thing.  I feel for them.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month
October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. Unfortunately, pregnancy loss is not that uncommon, but, it is rarely talked about. An estimated 1 in every 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage and stillbirth affects 1 in 160 pregnancies.  Ronald Reagan declared October as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month on October 25, 1988. "When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there isn’t a word to describe them.  This month recognizes the loss so many parents experience across the United States and around the world.  It is also meant to inform and provide resources for parents who have lost children due to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy, stillbirths, birth defects, SIDS, and other causes.” 

Many pregnancy losses cannot be prevented, but, there are recommendations made by the American Medical Association to help encourage a healthy pregnancy:
-          Avoid Alcohol
-          Stop smoking
-          Don’t take illicit drugs while pregnant  
-          Talk to your doctor about which medications are safe to take during pregnancy
-          Take folic acid before and during pregnancy
-          Maintain a healthy diet and weight when possible
-          Attend all pre-natal medical appointments
-          Monitor your baby’s movements through kick counts.

More information regarding kick counts can be found at

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Suicide Prevention at has a page dedicated to suicide prevention.  This page has a myriad of resources which can be accessed by clicking on the drop menus buttons throughout the article.  This page has information for both the individual who may be having suicidal thoughts, as well as those who may be interacting with someone who is suicidal.  I would invite you to check it out. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Documentary The S (suicide) Word  The S Word Movie is an attempt to get people talking about suicide, rather than sweeping it under the  rug.  Suicide is a problem that effects so much of our population, either from someone we know, as our self survivors of an attempt, or from being a member of our communities.  This movie shares stories we would not have other wise heard.  I presents from the Black culture, gay culture, hispanic culture and asian culture.  It presents both those who have attempted, and those family members of someone who suicided.  All have their own story to tell. 
warning: If you are sensitive to gay issues, then this might not be the best movie for you, as gay issues seem to dominate a good deal of the movie.  However, it is time we broke the silence about suicide, and in so doing offer support to others to help us all get through.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Helping Children Deal with Trauma and Disasters

With so many disasters, natural and man made, taking place this year, sharing this pamphlet from National Institute of Mental Health is appropriate.  The first thing that is clear from the pamphlet is that different ages react differently to trauma,  I really like the dos and don'ts.