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Suicide Prevention Awareness

In Health by Carly Baker

Suicide is not an issue that most people want to think about, much less talk about. Unfortunately, suicide is an ever-present and real problem that can impact nearly everyone—whether they are having suicidal thoughts or have loved ones who are having suicidal thoughts. At New Direction Family Law, we feel it is important to have access to the appropriate information and resources regarding this very serious topic. Suicide Rates Are Rising According to a research studies conducted by the University of California, Department of Sociology and the National Longitudinal Mortality Study, people who have experienced a separation or divorce are at a “much higher” risk of suicide—by nearly three times. This makes sense as the emotional trauma and turmoil that comes with the end of a significant relationship can be …

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Suicide Prevention and Getting Help

In Health by Sarah Hink

The tragic and shocking passing of popular designer Kate Spade and Superstar Chef and Travel Host Anthony Bourdain have left countless fans stunned and heartbroken. It has also served as a sobering reminder that suicide does not discriminate and that even people who seemingly “have it all” can desperately need help. In fact, following the death of Mrs. Spade and Mr. Bourdain, suicide prevention hotlines experienced a dramatic spike in calls. This is natural because high profile suicides bring about a national conversation and around the clock media attention. If rich popular celebrities are susceptible to mental health crises, this leaves uncertainty about our own mental health and that of the people we care for. Seeking Help For Yourself There are people in your life that love you and want you …

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Coping Through Wedding Season

In Health, Lifestyle by Elizabeth Stephenson

Wedding planners and venues will tell you that June is one of the most popular wedding months of the entire year. One of the reasons for this is the origin of the month’s name. June was named for the Roman goddess Juno, who happened to be the goddess of marriage, who protected women and blessed marriage and fertility. For more practical purposes, June marks the beginning of summer, meaning the wedding party and guests are more available to attend the festivities. If you have recently separated or divorced, wedding season can be a tough time for you. Getting invitations, seeing the endless wedding preparation photos on Facebook, and hearing from friends and family about plans can be a brutal reminder of what you once had—and what you have lost. It …

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Healthy Children and a Healthy You

In Health, Lifestyle, Parenting by Sarah Hink

In the age of smart phones, social media, and video games like Overwatch and Fortnight, children have more and more opportunities to stay home and remain inactive. Childhood obesity is an ever growing epidemic. In fact, the Center for Disease Control has found that the obesity rate in children has tripled since the 1970’s and that 20% of children are now considered obese. Obesity can have very serious physical and emotional effects on a child. This can include an increase susceptibility to diabetes, asthma, and heart disease as children. These health issues can worsen into additional metabolic diseases, chronic ailments, and cancer as adults. Emotionally, obesity can result in children with low self-esteem or depression; and these children may experience some form of bullying from their peers. Lead Your Children …

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Self-Care Suggestions for Fathers

In Child Custody, Health by Elizabeth Stephenson

When you are a single father, you can get pulled in a lot of directions: role model, provider, co-parent, friend, and co-worker, to name a few. If your separation or divorce occurred recently, you find yourself in new and uncharted territory. You are likely stressed about finances, trying to navigate your own emotions, working out a custody and visitation plan, and trying to find a way to co-exist with your child’s mother. Even more importantly, as much as you are struggling with a separation or divorce, you are painfully aware that your child is experiencing grief and loss as well. You are therefore trying to be a good parent to a sad and confused child. You try to do the right things and say the perfect words to reassure them …

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April Fools Day and the Joys of Humor

In Health, Separation & Divorce by Elizabeth Stephenson

April Fools Day is Here The first of April is upon us, which generally indicates that you should watch your back against playful children, friends, family, and co-workers. It also means that you should take with a grain of salt any panicked calls or messages, or any news that seems too good to be true. For example, you probably didn’t win the Publisher’s Clearing House prize on April 1st, especially since you no longer subscribe to physical magazines. If you have recently separated or divorced, then you understand the darkness and sadness that accompany these traumatic events. But now more than ever, humor should be a regular part of your life and we urge you to completely embrace April Fools Day. Laughter is Healthy For You We say this because …

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Understanding Medical Support for Children

In Child Support, Health, Separation & Divorce by Sarah Hink

Health care for children is expensive. If your children are in daycare or in school, you are well aware that they are exposed to cesspool of germs on a daily basis, leading to many random doctor appointments and clinic visits throughout the school year. If your child has any health emergency, you are aware that taking a child to the emergency room for any reason will result in an enormous medical bill. And if your child has any form of ongoing medical condition or specialized needs, you understand that medical care can become downright unaffordable on your own. Courts May Enter Orders for Medical Support of Minor Children In addition to standard child support, the law recognizes that children have medical needs and that courts must consider the expenses of …

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Random Act of Kindness Day

In Community, Health, Lifestyle by Sarah Hink

There is no disputing that we are living in divisive and negative times. From television, to social media, to interpersonal interactions, there seems to be a combative dynamic on every imaginable issue. Fortunately, good deeds and basic decency transcend politics and can help us see that we share more common ground than we like to admit. If you want proof of this, read articles or watch videos of complete strangers responding during natural disasters, such as Hurricane Harvey or the California fire and mudslides. In essence, people are still good, but we need reminders now more than ever. February 17th is Random Act of Kindness Day. Started in 1995 by the eponymous Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, this is a day to celebrate and promote people paying it forward. The …

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#METOO and Coming to Terms With Trauma

In Domestic Violence, Health, Lifestyle by Sarah Hink

If you watched the Golden Globe Awards, you may have been inspired by solidarity amongst actresses, the black dresses, and the electric feeling of change. The #MeToo movement is very real and has had an incredible domino effect of bringing national attention to sexual harassment and assault that so many women have experienced. In fact, the #MeToo movement was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, and has resulted in the stunning career downfalls of powerful men, like Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K., and Al Franken. When Oprah accepted the Cecil B DeMille award at the Golden Globes ceremony, she gave a stirring speech that brought on calls for her to run for president. In it, she stated that she was “especially proud and inspired by all the women who have …

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“Dump Your Significant Jerk Week”

In Health, Lifestyle, Relationships, Separation & Divorce by Elizabeth Stephenson

For many of us, it takes a while to reach an epiphany that we’re in a bad relationship. There is a natural denial that the relationship is not right, borne from the time and emotional investment we have put into the other person. It is also easy to stay in these relationships longer than we plan, because break-ups are really hard. However, if you have decided that you are in an undesirable relationship, there is a week in February for you! Dump Your Significant Jerk Week Dump your significant jerk week, sometimes celebrated as dump your significant jerk day, occurs annually in the week prior to Valentine’s Day. This “holiday” is obviously tongue in cheek, as many significant others are not actually “jerks”. Nevertheless, the overarching purpose of this week …