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Affordable Mental Health Programs & Services in Central Florida

Thankfully, advocacy and awareness of the importance of mental health is being increasingly talked about. Certainly, you will hear me encourage everyone to take a look at their mental well-being in my weekly messages. But the reality is, many people do not explore support and care for their mental health needs because of the cost. […]

What Does “Rehab” Mean?

Can we have a conversation about “rehab“? Many associate the term with residential substance abuse treatment, and others may think of “rehab” in terms of physical therapy. Rehabilitation, however, is simply about recovery and getting better. Oxford defines rehabilitation as “the action of restoring someone to health or normal life through training and therapy.” At […]

Nurse Appreciation Message

For the 20th year in a row, nursing has ranked as the most trusted profession in America. Here at Aspire, we are surrounded by these superheroes. We simply couldn’t do our jobs without them. When we think about ourselves or a loved one getting sick or injured, we always hope that the process of recovery […]

Central Florida & Mental Health Month

It’s great to reflect on how our Central Florida community continues to come together on issues that are important to us. This community has worked hard to draw attention to, and prioritize, mental health and substance abuse issues. Advancing behavioral health and getting people the help they need, when they need it, is important to […]

Exercising Patience During These Challenging Times

It may feel like everything in our world is rapidly changing right now. There’s no paradigm for the present, and even the experts are constantly working to chart new courses as we’re faced with new changes every day. Now is the time for us to learn and exercise the virtue of patience. If you’re faced […]

Let’s Talk about Recovery

There’s no better time than right now to celebrate the gains made by those in recovery, to talk about advancements in our field that make recovery more achievable, and to honor the dedication of those who make recovery in all its forms possible? Psychological assessment, medication management, group and individual counseling, and case management remain […]

Healthy Change Starts with Healthy Habits

Spring is almost here and yet it feels like the new year just started. I know that I, and many others, are still thinking about how to make changes in this year: some of us are focused on our careers and work goals; others want to become more fit; and many of us want to […]

The Impact of Rudeness and How to Prevent It

We often talked about the positive benefits of kindness, and most know and understand that a positive environment is great for mental health, and physical health too! This week, I would like to look at the inverse of kindness. Specifically, what is the impact of rudeness? Rudeness is “disrespectful or insensitive behavior.” Our brains tend […]

Learn about Seasonal Depression

Have any of you been feeling a bit sadder during this start to the new year? Seasonal Affective Disorder (or S.A.D.) is a real challenge that many people face as seasons change, temperatures fall, or we get less sunlight. It impacts roughly 1 in 20 people, each year. This week in Florida we finally got […]

How to Break The Cycle of Negative Behaviors and Thoughts

Groundhog Day has been a playful American holiday since 1887. Every February 2, we wait for our nation’s favorite groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, to tell us if spring is near, even if six more weeks of winter isn’t too alarming for those of us who live in Florida. This year, I’m also thinking about the 1993 […]