How to Tell the Difference Between Being Down and Being Depressed

Posted September 23, 2021

MHS talking about depression

A recent study shows that only 14% of Americans say they are happy. This startling statistic reflects many systemic problems affecting people, but does it mean that 86% of Americans are depressed? Some might say so, but this isn’t necessarily true. Though the majority of people might not identify as happy, there is a difference between being sad and being depressed. The former is a feeling that may pass, while the latter is a clinical diagnosis that often necessitates treatment. If you’re not sure how to tell which is which, these eight criteria can help you understand the many differences between sadness and depression.

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Mental Health Support for Kids Returning to School

Posted September 23, 2021

COVID-19 forced countless students in Minnesota and around the country to attend school virtually, and for many, this did not come as a welcome change. In addition to the academic struggles this brought, it also caused social struggles — especially for younger kids who craved socialization and interaction. This year, many kids will be heading back to school in person, but the change is again proving difficult. Many kids are dealing with fear and anxiety, and as a parent, you need to know how to respond. Consider the following eight tips for addressing kids’ fears and helping them overcome anxiety. Continue reading