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Choosing the right mental health provider

April 4, 2019 Posted in: Announcement

This article is reprinted from Harvard Health Blog
Originally published March 23, 2018, 6:30 AM
Adam P. Stern, MD


When faced with mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, or other symptoms of the mind and brain, it can be difficult to know where to find the best care. In part, the challenge of finding the right professional for you stems from the highly variable way mental health concerns can emerge. One person’s depression, for example, may be very different than someone else’s, and the same can be said for anxiety, post-traumatic stress, obsession, attention... Continue reading →

Adjusting to Feelings During Pregnancy and After Childbirth

March 15, 2019 Posted in: Announcement

By Allison Murphy, MFT – Mothers Care

Expecting a baby is a time that brings many feelings with it. Your very normal feelings can reflect how you feel about having your baby and they can fluctuate depending on the day, the hour, the minute. Some women experience a range of emotions that may be a result of an underlying stress situation or existing behavioral health issue. Regardless, there are many resources for an expectant mother, or new mother, who may want to talk to a professional therapist (Local resources can be found at the end of this blog).

Here is a brief list of... Continue reading →

Dialogue with the Inner Critic

January 28, 2019 Posted in: Press Release

When we hear too many negative messages about ourselves, from too young an age, for too long of a time, we’re vulnerable to internalizing those voices, hearing themselves inside our own heads, as a well-practiced annoying inner critic.

Until we can strengthen our sense of our self as inherently good, competent, worthy of love and acceptance, able to take care of ourselves in this world – “I’m certainly a work in progress, but I’m pretty good already at lot of things I need to be good at” – we’re likely to hear the messages of the inner critic as true, derailing our resilience because we mistake those messages for who we truly are.

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LGBTQ and Mental Health

January 4, 2019 Posted in: Announcement

We all experience emotional ups and downs caused by events in our lives. Mental health conditions, however, go beyond common emotional reactions to specific situations. They are medical conditions that can cause intense changes in our moods - how we think and feel.

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) community can face mental health conditions just like the rest of the population. However, the LGBTQ experience may be even more intense due to isolation, prejudice and other social issues. Knowing the challenges you may face as a member of the LGBTQ community with a mental illness and how... Continue reading →

Recovering from the Santa Rosa Wildfires: How Do I Know if I Have PTSD?

March 23, 2018 Posted in: Announcement

Santa Rosa Wildfires and PTSD

When people think of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), they often imagine soldiers returning from combat or refugees fleeing war zones.

The truth is, people can experience several kinds of traumatic events throughout their lives. It's very common for folks who live through child neglect, abusive relationships, and car accidents to suffer PTSD.

Although it's not discussed nearly as often, PTSD from natural disasters often manifests after events like the Santa Rosa wildfires, Louisiana flood, and other catastrophic incidents.

But how do you know if you have PTSD? What are the symptoms of PTSD and how can you find the help you... Continue reading →

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

November 16, 2017 Posted in: Announcement

Suicide AwarenessNovember 18th is International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

Around the world and in local communities there will be places to find support, bring awareness, provide education, share stories, and provide a healing path.

For More information select the link below:



Sonoma Family YMCA will be holding a session:

Saturday November 18th from 11am -1:30PM

1111 College Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA

For more events listed with American Foundation of Suicide Prevention... Continue reading →

What is Cyberbullying and How Can We Stop It?

November 13, 2017 Posted in: Announcement


  • Cyberbullying can affects kids on any device, on social media sites, through apps, text messages, and even in games.
  • Online bullies feel empowered by the anonymity or emboldened without the risk of in-person confrontation.
  • 43% of kids report having suffered from cyberbullying at least once.
  • The most common warning signs that a child is being bullied are poor school performance, feeling worthless, and being overly critical of themselves.
  • To help a victim of cyberbullying, adults must be supportive, open, and willing to listen.
  • Get in touch with us here at Aurora Santa Rosa Hospital to get more information on how you can help a... Continue reading →

Behavioral Health in the United States

November 1, 2013 Posted in: Announcement

29 October 2013 By: Judith L. Teich, MSW, Behavioral Research Scientist
Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality

SAMHSA’s new publication, Behavioral Health, United States, 2012, provides in-depth information about the behavioral health (mental and/or substance use disorders) of the nation. Drawing on 40 different data sources, this publication includes national and state-level trends in private and public sector behavioral health services, costs, and clients.

The report reveals that from 2010-2011 over 41 million U.S. adults had a mental illness that affected their ability to conduct daily activities.  It is important for medical practitioners, researchers, school systems, parents, and the general... Continue reading →

Mental Health Leading Cause of Military Hospital Stays

October 3, 2013 Posted in: Announcement

Gregg Zoroya and Meghan Hoyer, USA TODAY 7:19 p.m. EDT September 25, 2013

Post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse and other mental illnesses accounted for more days spent by troops in the hospital than any other medical condition in the military in 2012, including war wounds, injuries and illness, according to Pentagon data.

The numbers show how years of exposure to combat trauma created a core of servicemembers with severe mental health problems — about 20,000 last year — who accounted for more lost workdays than those with any other health issue.

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