Psych Matters Blog

Self-Care & Mindfulness

International Self-Care Day (ISD), is celebrated annually on 24 July (24/7!) and provides a focus and opportunity to raise the profile of healthy lifestyle self-care programs around the world. We spoke with Banner – University physician and Psychiatry Department faculty member Pamela Mirsky, MD, FACLP, Director of the Banner – University Medical Center South Mindfulness Clinic, about self-care, mindfulness, and how they work together.

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Time to Prioritize Indigenous Youth: Mind, Body, Spirit, and Culture

The American Indian Youth Wellness Camp is an example of a program working to engage youth in healthy lifestyle, including mental health, and the inclusion of parents ensures a family-based approach.

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PTSD Awareness Month & Day

By: Brittany Pace, MD | June 26, 2020

June is PTSD Awareness Month, and while PTSD may generally be associated with military personnel and the trauma they face from their experiences in war zones, PTSD can happen to anyone who experiences a traumatic event. We spoke with Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Brittany Pace, MD, about what causes PTSD, some signs of the condition, how to heal, places to seek help and local resources.

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Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, a time to call attention to the fact that more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s Disease – which is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. We spoke with Allan Anderson, MD, director of the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute in Tucson (BAI Tucson), about the disease, warning signs, how early treatment can be effective, the toll on caregivers, and recommendations for supporting overall brain health.

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Maternal Mental Health: Finding Help, Hope and Support Amid Intense Challenges

May is Maternal Mental Health awareness month. Recognized globally, the aim is to bring awareness to the mental health challenges – such as postpartum depression – that mothers and families face surrounding the birth of a child.

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