On March 14th, I had the privilege to be one of hundreds who traveled across the state to attend Mental Health Day at the Minnesota State Capitol. Organized by the Mental Health Legislative Network (fifty members, including MN DHS, NAMI and Wellness in the Woods) this annual event serves to educate and advocate for building the state’s mental health support system.
We all have heard the saying “we are what we eat” and may know that what we consume greatly effects not only our physical health but our mental health as well. Part of our programming at Thrive is not only educating our clients on healthy lifestyles skills, which includes nutrition and healthy eating, but also modeling those skills daily during their stay.
We all can agree that exercise is important to our health. As a wellness counselor in my previous Mayo Clinic career, I counseled people all day about exercise, often getting groans and sighs in response. To many people, the word “exercise” conjures up images and memories of huffing, panting, sweating, and feeling miserable. We do want to include getting a cardiovascular and stretching/strengthening workout into our routine. But this blog isn’t going to address exercise in this sense. This blog’s focus is on another important component of physical activity called Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT).
Hello! My name is Jesse Cebulla and I am a Registered Nurse for Milestones in Alexandria, MN.
What is wellness? The dictionary definition of wellness is, “the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort.”
Due to the fast paced lives we lead it is easy to disconnect, have an increase in stress, and lack sleep. All of these factors can increase our risk of mental and physical illnesses.
In 2019, with all our new year’s goals, why not add Thrive’ s CPR/AED/First Aid Training or a review to your list? It’s easy to sign up for and a great benefit Thrive provides.
Did you know that among 2,000 employees in corporate offices, hospitality, education, industry/labor:
55% of the employees were not able to get CPR/AED/First Aid Training from their employer
If training was available, it was often just CPR or First Aid, not both.
Often times I am met by people in the community asking me what I do for a living, or asking me what exactly being a Certified Peer Support Specialist entails. Moments like these give me a chance to step on my mini-soap box and educate them about Mental Illness, Mental Health, Austin Manor, Thrive, and the impact we have on people’s forever lives.
Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year, and it always has been. With that in mind, since I began working for the company in 2004, I have been devoted to trying to create a joyous time for the individuals that we serve. A few years ago we began booking a musician named Doug Spartz who comes to the homes in Detroit Lakes to perform for us. We pick a house where he will set up in the corner with his guitar and he will sing Christmas songs to entertain residents and staff. The smiles on the faces of the individuals are priceless as they tap their fingers or sing along. He even does a small skit as Santa Claus and his wife is Mrs. Claus. Along with that we all enjoy tacos in a bag, or as some call them walking tacos and cookies. Some of the guys start asking me in September/October if he is coming back. Music works wonders.
My name is Matthew Darnold and welcome to Thrive’s new blog!
I am the Treatment Director at Willow Haven IRTS program in Lake Elmo, MN and I am pleased to announce the launch of Thrive Behavioral Network’s new blog! I hope to create a place where all of us at Thrive can share ideas, stories, and updates from all around our programs.