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IOL Car Parade

A Parade of Love and Support for IOL’s Youngest Patients

A team of 20 staff members at the Institute of Living met in the parking lot May 15 and festooned their vehicles with balloons, streamers and messages of support for patients in their Child & Adolescent Day Program and Extended Day Program. A parade was in the works. “Depression and...

Suicide Prevention

A COVID-Related Suicide Spike: Where to Find Support

Ongoing stresses related to the COVID-19 pandemic – financial constraints, unemployment and isolation – have caused a national spike in suicide. Patricia Rehmer, MSN, ACHE, president of the Behavioral Health Network and senior vice president of Hartford HealthCare (HHC), said national sources estimate up to 75,000 people will die by...

Students

How to Help Teens Resist the Urge to Blow Past COVID-19 Guidelines

While parents often feel like broken records, constantly repeating safety reminders and directions on an endless loop, pandemic parents of teenagers need to be prepared to keep that theme moving as the world starts to reopen around us and the kids want out. “We, as adults, know to go slow...

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Time for a Change? How to Reexamine Your Life Amid COVID-19

Everyone seems focused on the light at the end of this COVID-19 tunnel and getting back to “normal” once the pandemic eases, but is that what we should want – what was normal to us – or is there something else? Maybe you’ve mentally penned a list of things you...

Marijuana

Why Marijuana Might Not Be Harmful to the Teen Brain

Cheech & Chong aside, commentary published by a Hartford HealthCare researcher declares that teen marijuana use may not affect one’s IQ as is generally assumed. Dr. Godfrey Pearlson, director of the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center and research director at the Institute of Living, part of Hartford HealthCare, was the single...

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6 Ways To Fight Job Burnout During COVID-19

Work for those battling on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic as never been more challenging, which only increases the chances of burnout. Employers can put various tactics and protocols in place, and organize help for teams, but workers should also be vigilant for early signs their job is causing...

Domestic Abuse

Domestic Violence Spikes During COVID-19: How to Get Help

For some, following stay-at-home recommendations during the COVID-19 pandemic is torture. For others, it is bliss. But for an increasing number of people, it is downright dangerous. Patricia Rehmer, Vice President of behavioral health for Hartford HealthCare, said the incidence of domestic violence in Connecticut have risen more than 20...