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Michael Phelps quietly struggled with his mental health behind closed doors. At the 2012 Olympics in London, the world recognized Michael Phelps as the unrivaled champion of the swimming pool. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images. But behind closed doors, the American athlete says, he was wrestling with inner demons far away from the prying spotlight. “I went in with no self-confidence, no self-love," Phelps said in a recent interview with NBC's "Dateline" of his time in London four years ago. “I think the biggest thing was, I thought of myself as just a swimmer, and nobody else.”

Meditation Goes Mainstream with These Apps Your smartphone helps you take it all in. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto/anyaber Meditation. It’s not a New Age thing anymore, or a Buddhist thing, or even a David Lynch thing. Caring for people with psychosis Explore the key issues related to caring for a relative with psychosis or schizophrenia, with this short, free online course. Psychosis conditions, including schizophrenia, are treatable mental health problems that can affect anyone although very few people talk about the conditions and their impact on families. Millions of people across the globe find themselves thrust unexpectedly into a role providing support and care when a relative develops psychosis. Carers can play a major role in supporting their relative’s progress and recovery.

School Library in a Box - Book Aid International Schools in both of these areas are located in communities of people earning less than $1 a day, with 90% of the population living as subsistence farmers, with no formal income. These schools have with little or no government funding and they do not have libraries of their own. Most people have no books at home and due to the remote setting of the project schools, many children have never visited a library. The School Library in a Box project aims to take libraries to children who cannot reach one. 8 Simple Ways The Mentally Strong Deal With Stress - Earthables If you're like most people, then stress is a common obstacle that greatly affects your productivity when experienced in large doses. If left unchecked, chronic stress can start to negatively impact your health and cause you to develop high blood pressure, anxiety disorders, and sometimes even depression. The physical and mental effects of stress makes proper stress management extremely important, but how can you do it? The answer lies with the "mentally strong." You probably know that one person in your social circle who never seems to be bothered by stress.

7 Best Mindfulness Apps For 2015 If you spent 2014 dismissing mindfulness as just some new age fad, you’re missing out on the discovery of a centuries-old practice that holds the power to significantly improve your fitness, health, and mental well-being. Regardless of religious beliefs or spiritual practices, all of humanity can collectively nod in the direction of simply understanding more about why we do what we do. As the fast pace of Moore’s law further proves itself, modern society is slowly manifesting a cultural backflow: a point when technological advances become more accepted and phased than abrupt. This awareness is allowing us to take a step back, pull a deep breath, and reflect on what currently available technologies can stimulate increased mindfulness and new self-care practices in our lives. What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is a practice in which you focus entirely on the present moment.

Mindfulness for well-being Tired, distracted and stressed by the pace of modern life? Mindfulness might be the solution. Mindfulness is essentially about being more aware and awake in every moment of your life. It is about intentionally paying attention to each moment, being fully engaged in whatever is happening around and within you, with an attitude of friendliness and compassion. School Days: A lifeline for Syrian children For Syrian children who have been uprooted by war, school is essential. Classrooms provide children with a safe space to recover from trauma, develop bonds with other children, exercise their imaginations and build a foundation of learning that will help to heal and strengthen their families and communities into the future. Photos by Peter Biro/IRC Children at the Domiz refugee camp in northern Iraq, home to some 40,000 Syrian Kurds, where the IRC is building a secondary school. Inside Syria, the IRC has established schools in three camps where thousands of families have taken refuge from the fighting. Some 1,500 children are now enrolled.

Stress strategies When the stress overwhelms you until your surrounded by fog, it's important to take a step back. Here are Doug's strategies for seeing through stress. the most important thing I do, more than anything else, is to take a moment, very regularly, to think about how I'm going and what's affecting that. I haven't always been good at dealing with stress and managing my life through stressful periods. JMU-Mindfulness-Based Mobile Applications: Literature Review and Analysis of Current Features Introduction Mindfulness-Based Therapies Mindfulness techniques have emerged in the Western world in the fields of health and education as the application of ancient meditative practices from Buddhist tradition.

Adolescent Mental Health Services Willow Grove Adolescent Inpatient Unit and Dean Clinic Outpatient Adolescent Mental Health Service Our Service Willow Grove Adolescent Unit is a specialist mental health service for young people aged between 14-17 years. We provide a multi-disciplinary assessment of adolescents where the referrer has significant reason to believe that the adolescent has (or is at risk of developing) a psychiatric disorder. In Pictures: 'When we garden, we feel happy' In the midst of an expanse of dry land, thousands of Syrian refugees have been living in Zaatari Camp, Jordan, opened two years ago. Some have turned to gardening to help them adapt to life in the camp and bring a bit of greenery to the desert landscape that has become their home. Mohammad Abu Farah, who works at Save the Children youth centre in Zaatari Camp, is providing gardening and landscaping lessons to children in the camp as a form of informal education and psychosocial support. "When the children arrived at the camp, they had just come from a violent war. Many of them were introverted and struggled in making friends.