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We don’t always fully appreciate the long-term consequences of our actions—and this is especially true when it comes to habits that impact our physical health. The sooner you take steps to break these habits, the less likely it is that you’ll suffer from the severe health issues that often follow. Naturally, substance abuse of any kind is a...
Here at OneEighty, we believe that diversity should be celebrated and we welcome and help people from all walks of life. We’re excited to see our community, Ohio and our great nation become more accepting of all people. We are encouraged to see progress in Ohio (especially the Columbus area) for becoming well-known as an LGBTQ friendly location....
We all know that regular exercise is a great way to improve our physical health. What many people don’t realize, however, is that the benefits of exercise go well beyond improving muscle strength or losing weight. In fact, many of exercise’s benefits have been found to have a direct impact on mental health. Exercise has been found to be a great...
We all experience stress from time to time. But as mental health services professionals are quick to note, chronic stress can easily result in addiction, perfectionism, anxiety, and other serious issues if not kept in check. So how do you keep your stress from getting out of hand? Your best option is to create a plan with meaningful goals that...
Whether recovering from a mental health challenge or a bout with addiction, few things are more important for lasting recovery than taking care of yourself. By taking steps to improve your physical and emotional well-being, you can ensure that you maintain your sobriety or mental health. Thankfully, many of the most important self care tasks are...
When you get the flu, you go the doctor or take medicine so you can get better and get back to your normal routine as quickly as possible. But what about when you’re dealing with a mental health problem? Seeking the help of mental health services shouldn’t be ignored or delayed—getting the help you need can make a huge difference in your life....
More often than not, a mental illness doesn’t suddenly appear out of nowhere. In most cases, there are small, subtle signs that occur in a person’s behavior or thinking that indicate that the support of mental health services may be necessary before a serious problem develops. By learning to recognize these signs in yourself or others, you can...
Our society has little difficulty understanding the need for physical health treatments. If someone   breaks an arm, we know that they need to get to the emergency room right away. If someone is diagnosed with a brain tumor, we excuse recent erratic shifts in mood or behavior. Unfortunately, we don’t always apply this same level of understanding...
If a physical health problem was causing problems in your daily life, you wouldn’t wait to get help—so why wait to get the help you need from mental health services? Approximately 25 percent of adults in the United States experience mental health issues, either as the result of a chronic condition or a traumatic experience. These problems can have...
The idea of exercising with a workout buddy has become increasingly popular in recent years, especially as science has found that having someone hold you accountable to your exercise routine can dramatically improve your results. But exercise isn’t the only place where an accountability partner can benefit you. For individuals recovering from...
Self esteem might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of mental health services. But in reality, the way we view ourselves can have a significant impact on our mental well-being. Low self-esteem can stem from many causes, including a diagnosed mental health problem or past traumatic experiences such as domestic violence or...
The relationship between addiction and mental health is complicated, to say the least. In some cases, an individual’s depression or anxiety could cause them to turn to drug abuse as a coping mechanism. In other cases, someone’s dependence on drugs or alcohol could contribute to the development of a mental health problem. Past trauma or a genetic...
It is a common question that pops up in domestic violence cases: why do victims stay with their abuser, rather than seek help? While counseling and support services can help victims escape their situation, there are many factors that could cause an individual to remain in an abusive relationship. First are emotional factors. A victim may feel they...
It can be easy to feel discouraged when you read articles describing the horrific impact of family violence, drug abuse, and sexual assault in your local community. As disheartening as these events might be, however, you can make a difference when you volunteer at OneEighty.  Whether you work with housing and supportive services or victim advocacy...
Sexual assault is woefully underreported, quite often due to fear of undeserved social consequences, but occasionally due to a lack of understanding as to what constitutes sexual abuse. Quite often, individuals limit their definition of sexual assault to rape—and while rape certainly is sexual assault, it isn’t the only way in which someone might...