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Staff Picks, March 2023:
Title:  The Whole-Brain Child

Authors: Daniel Siegel, M.D., Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.

Subject:  Parenting strategies to foster emotional intelligence
in children

In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson offer a revolutionary approach to child rearing with twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children. The authors explain—and make accessible—the new science of how a child’s brain is wired and how it matures. The “upstairs brain,” which makes decisions and balances emotions, is under construction until the mid-twenties. And especially in young children, the right brain and its emotions tend to rule over the logic of the left brain. No wonder kids throw tantrums, fight, or sulk in silence. By applying these discoveries to everyday parenting, you can turn any outburst, argument, or fear into a chance to integrate your child’s brain and foster vital growth.

National Nutrition Month®

National Nutrition Month® is an annual campaign created 50 years ago in 1973 by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the month of March, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits.

This year's theme is "Fuel for the Future." Eating with sustainability in mind is a tasty way to nourish ourselves during every phase of life and protect the environment. A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist can help you create healthy habits that are sustainable and celebrate your unique needs. 

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Nellie Bly

6 Female Mental Health Heroes You Should Know This Women’s History Month

As the saying goes, we stand on their shoulders.

When you think of pioneers in the field of mental health, who do you think of? The first face that jumps into my head is that of Sigmund Freud, father of psychoanalysis and many a slip. Countless women, including Freud’s own daughter, have made equally important contributions in this arena as well, and I thought as we ease into Women’s History Month, it might be nice to have a little refresher on a few of the sheroes of mental health.
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By Julie McClung Peck . Excerpted from 

Anna Freud

Nellie Bly: Bly (born Elizabeth Jane Cochran) is always a crowd favorite. An investigative journalist, after hearing of the horrible conditions for patients at a New York State asylum, she posed as insane in order to get herself admitted. After for 10 days as an inpatient, Bly wrote about her experiences in an exposé for New York World. Her report was the catalyst for lasting and widespread mental health reform and was later published in book form as Ten Days In A Mad-House.

Anna Freud: Did you know that Sigmund’s daughter pushed for an expanded focus on children’s mental health, among other things? Anna Freud was a brilliant psychologist and a pioneer in the field of child psychoanalysis both in Vienna and in London after leaving Austria during World War II.

Click here to read about more women mental health heros.

If you are experiencing a mental health medical emergency, call 911 or go immediately to the closest emergency room.

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