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A Guide to Local Mental Health Resources

August 21, 2019

Augusta Health believes in treating the whole person, not just the symptoms. We wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the many resources available in our area. We encourage you to seek help or to pass this guide on to others who may be in need. Together, we can eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health treatment. The Valley Community Services Board The Valley Community Services Board is a publicly funded organization where citizens of Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta and Highland Counties can receive behavioral health, substance abuse, and developmental services they need. The...Continue Reading

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Mission Matters: Valley Mission and Augusta Health

August 14, 2019

Augusta Health's mission—to promote the health and well-being of our community through access to excellent care—requires partnership and collaboration with other organizations within the community. Valley Mission in Staunton and Augusta Health have been partners in caring for those in the community experiencing homelessness for several years. In the past year, the two have joined with several other partners—including the Department of Public Health and WARM Shelter in Waynesboro—in the Homeless Healthcare Connection, providing much-needed medical services to the homeless in our community...Continue Reading

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Mission Matters: Valley Hope Counseling and Augusta Health

August 12, 2019

The sign on the door of Valley Hope Counseling has a bright sun rising over the mountains and says, "Hope in time of uncertainty… Healing in times of stress". "There are barriers to accessing mental health counseling when it's needed," says Ginny Harris, LPC and Executive Director of Valley Hope Counseling. "The two biggest are the stigma of mental health and the accessibility based on cost. Our mission is to provide access to mental health services for all. We work on reducing the stigma every day. And we charge a sliding scale fee, based on income and family size, to make the cost less and...Continue Reading

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Manage Your Back-to-School Stress

August 2, 2019

It feels as if the summer has barely even started by the time we have to start talking about going back to school. There's a good reason for that though—for all the excitement that comes with a new school year, there's also plenty of opportunities for students and their families to be confronted with new challenges, fears, and other stressors. But this year, you can get ahead of that stress for both you and your family. Here are some strategies that you can use to prepare you and your family for the coming school year. Make a Habit of Listening One of the most important things you can do to...Continue Reading

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Season change triggers SAD in some

December 4, 2018

The transition of seasons is a welcome change for many. However, for some, the seasonal changes can trigger a challenging condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). For those that experience this disorder, the symptoms can be troublesome and even dangerous. Women and young adults are at heightened risk for SAD, and symptoms may increase from mild to severe over the course of the condition. So, how can you tell if you're suffering from SAD and what can you do to treat it? Keep reading to find out! What is SAD? Seasonal Affective Disorder is a form of depression that's linked to the...Continue Reading

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Could You Be the Next Victim of Dementia?

September 13, 2018

A staggering 47 million people worldwide suffer from dementia. In 2017, nearly 10 million new cases will be diagnosed. Dementia is broadly defined as a mental decline that interferes with daily life. The most well-known symptom of dementia is memory loss. People often think dementia only affects elderly patients with Alzheimer's disease. However, dementia shows up in many different forms and can affect younger populations as well. Top Four Types of Dementia Dementia is a broad term that refers to the overall mental decline dementia patients experience. However, there are various kinds of...Continue Reading

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4 Healthy Actions You Should Take Before Fall Arrives

August 28, 2018

As summer draws to a close, it's time to look forward to the transition into fall. Crisp days, leaves changing color, pumpkin patches, and hot apple cider makes for the perfect fall day. The change of seasons is also the ideal time to take seasonal precautions for your health. With a little planning, it's easy to make fall a healthy and happy season! Get Your Flu Shot The most recent flu season put most of us on notice about the importance of getting a flu shot. In fact, during the 2017-2018 flu season upwards of 4,000 Americans were dying each week from the flu. The flu can be tricky because...Continue Reading

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What Happens to Your Brain as You Age?

July 26, 2018

The brain is a fascinating organ that goes through more changes in your lifetime than any other part of your body. Within four weeks of conception, your brain starts to form. From birth to age six the brain is busy developing perception, memory, emotions, and your sense of self. The brain continues wiring itself from age 7 to 22. During this stage, essential neural connections form. The prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that aids in impulse control and decision-making, is fully matured. The brain is considered at its peak from ages 22 to 27. So, what does this mean for those of us over...Continue Reading

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Could These Five Hobbies Improve Your Health?

July 12, 2018

In addition to having something enjoyable to do on your free time, hobbies may have many health rewards! Many activities improve overall wellness while others may prevent specific health concerns. To get your wheels turning about which hobbies will enrich your life and improve your health, here are five unique activities you should consider weaving into your daily schedule: Coloring Any activity that repetitively puts your hands to work may help relieve stress. Coloring can be viewed as a therapeutic activity, leading to several mental health benefits. A study in the Western Journal of...Continue Reading

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Could This Be the Reason You Feel Tired All the Time?

July 5, 2018

Are you tired and you can't figure out why? Multiple factors can lead to tiredness, including mistaking general weariness for fatigue. Fatigue is a tiredness that is unexplained, persistent, reoccurring, and affects the performance of daily activities. The feeling is similar to missing a lot of sleep or exhaustion while fighting the flu. Causes of fatigue and tiredness include overall health issues, stress, sedentary lifestyle, and underlying medical concerns. How is your overall health? Lack of sleep Perhaps the most obvious reason for feeling tired is lack of sleep. Adults require...Continue Reading

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