Article Category: Wellness

Funding for Mental Healthcare? A Tough Ask, Across the Globe

A Sobering Statistic As Advancement & Communications Coordinator for the Fountain Hill Center, my work includes quite a lot of reading. News articles, journal articles, research findings… And while reading up about the current state of funding for mental healthcare, I recently learned a very… continue reading Funding for Mental Healthcare? A Tough Ask, Across the Globe

What Your Therapist Does on Vacation

Do you ever wonder what your therapist does when they go on vacation from the Fountain Hill Center? Of course, everyone’s vacation time is different. However, I have been encouraged to share with you what my upcoming travels will look like. I am very excited… continue reading What Your Therapist Does on Vacation

Meditation: A Radical Act of Love and Sanity

We live in a world filled with distressing events. Tornadoes, mass shootings, and political scandals are all over our newsfeeds. Our daily lives often consist of responding to demands that make us feel drained and overwhelmed. It’s easy to be discouraged and depressed. It would… continue reading Meditation: A Radical Act of Love and Sanity

Setting the Scene for Ecotherapy

THE SCENE: A counselor and a client are sitting across from each other, sometime around midday. The counselor is listening as the client processes aloud the issue that has been brought to the session: feelings of isolation. The counselor reflects what she hears, providing a… continue reading Setting the Scene for Ecotherapy

When Self-Care is Not Fun

We have been talking a lot about self-care recently at both of the places where I work. In these conversations, self-care is usually framed as doing nice things for yourself. Maybe this means taking a walk in the woods, going out with friends, meditating, or… continue reading When Self-Care is Not Fun

5 Minutes of Mindfulness Make a Difference

What is mindfulness? You’ve probably heard about mindfulness in the last couple of years. It’s been appearing in popular publications and growing in popularity as a recommended treatment for everything from pain and insomnia to parenting and depression. It may seem like a new and… continue reading 5 Minutes of Mindfulness Make a Difference

Goals: Achieve by Telling Your Own Story

Yesterday Otha Brown joined students of Muskegon Community College’s College Success Seminar for “Midterm Motivation.”  Otha talked to students about achieving their long term goals by overcoming the negative stories we inherit about ourselves. The event was organized by Bart Demeter, professor of the course. “During… continue reading Goals: Achieve by Telling Your Own Story

Pokémon Go and Mental Health…WH@T!?!

The Executive Coordinator of the Fountain Hill Center, Amy Van Gunst, asks her 17 year old son, “Hey what do you hear about Pokémon Go?” He responds, “Well, I hear it gets people up and moving around.” “I thought it was interesting,” Amy says, “That… continue reading Pokémon Go and Mental Health…WH@T!?!

So, You Really Are Keeping Your Resolution…

Almost half of all adults make a New Year’s resolution. But once the party hats and horns are put away, it’s hard to muster up the ambition to follow through. After only one week, about 25% of resolution makers have already lost focus. According to… continue reading So, You Really Are Keeping Your Resolution…