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American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress

As the sister organization of the National Center for Crisis Management, the AAETS is a multidisciplinary network focused on the advancement of intervention for survivors of trauma, to improve overall awareness of the effects of traumatic events and the quality of intervention. They provide access to resources, education, opportunities for professional network and advancement, and more.

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

The ISTSS is a global platform dedicated to advancing and sharing information about the effects of trauma and the wide range of approaches and initiatives focused on dealing with these. Find rich resources on assessing and treating trauma, education and research, helpful public resources, and more.

Gift from Within – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Information & Healing

Gift from Within is a non-profit organization that provides helpful resources for those who are at risk for or suffer from PTSD and those who care for traumatized individuals. Look through their archive of articles on a wide-range of trauma-related topics, see educational webcasts, DVDs, and books, and find the resources you need to get back on the road to recovery.

Trauma Information Pages

Trauma Information Pages is Eugene, Oregon-based psychologist David V. Baldwin’s award-winning website focused on providing extensive resources on emotional and traumatic stress, PTSD, dissociation, and related conditions for clinicians and researchers in the traumatic-stress field. Read articles, find research-related resources and organizations, find out how to get support for specific types of trauma, find publications for professionals and survivors, and more.

Anxieties.com

Anxieties.com is a free self-help site for people suffering from a variety of anxiety and mental disorders, from generalized and social anxieties and phobias, to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), among others, along with information on treatment and medication. Learn more about how to cope with these conditions, watch free educational videos, find out how to get training (for mental health professionals), and check out helpful books, publications, and other media.


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Study shows success of specialized equine therapy for PTSD sufferers

CTV News Calgary’s Colleen Schmidt reports on how equine therapy is helping members of the military and their families deal with PTSD – and in turn helping save marriages and lives.

Meet the 34-year-old neuroscientist developing a drug to prevent depression and PTSD

The Washington Post’s Colby Itkowitz writes about neuroscientist Rebecca Brachman’s mission to develop a drug that could make people more resilient under the most stressful circumstances.

Mindfulness meditation: Can this practice help mitigate aid worker stress?

Devex’s Jenny Lei Ravelo talks about how mindfulness-based stress reduction and meditation could help professionals in the humanitarian sector deal with stress, depression, burnout, and PTSD.


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3 Natural Ways to Improve Your Mood, Mental Health, and Well-Being


Having good mental health is a key part of living a productive, happy, and well-balanced life. There are many things that can contribute to or be detrimental to that state of psychological well-being that we all need to be successful and experience contentment, and we know that if too much of the wrong things consistently come our way – be it excessive stress, burnout, poor health, or many other possible negative events and factors – it can result in mental distress, which, if prolonged and unmitigated, may result in mental illness that may seriously affect your quality of life.

Let’s face it: the hectic pace and the too-many uncertainties of life today make it easier than ever to fall prey to chronic negativity and distress.

So what can you do to try and keep your head above water? Well, here are three natural ways you can use to improve your mood, your mental health, and your overall well-being.

Note: this article is not meant to be taken as medical advice. If you feel you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, or feel that you may possibly have a serious mental health issue, please seek the help of a mental health professional.


Take in the Sun


Proper Sun Exposure Is Good For You

Appropriate sun exposure has many benefits, including promoting vitamin D production in the body, boosting your immune system, and even helping fight some skin conditions such as eczema and acne. Taking in the sun also has the effect of having your brain produce serotonin, which improves your mood and helps you feel calmer and more focused. Low levels of serotonin have been linked to seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a form of depression, along with some other anxiety-related disorders. Adequate sun exposure also helps regulate your body’s production of melatonin, a hormone that helps you relax and get a good night’s rest.

So how much sun exposure is helpful? The World Health Organization suggests that anywhere between 5 and 15 minutes each day is enough for you to start experiencing the health benefits of direct sun exposure.


Eat Healthfully


Eating healthy food is good for your body and your mind

Eating healthfully does more than just improve your physical health – it also has a significant effect on your mental health and your overall mood. Put in the effort to improve how you eat with reasonable degrees of consistency, and you’ll be surprised at how well you’ll begin to feel.

So what sorts of food help you improve your mental health? What should you avoid?

Writing for Psychology Today, Mitchell L. Gaynor lists the kinds of food you should avoid when you’re looking to regulate and improve your mood and mental health:

  • Alcohol: Although the occasional drink is fine, people should limit their alcoholic intake. Heavy alcohol consumption is associated with anxiety and panic attacks; excessive drinking also depletes serotonin, which makes people prone to anxiety and depression.

  • Caffeine: Caffeinated beverages lower serotonin and increase the risk for anxiety, depression, and poor sleep. Reduce your intake for coffee, tea, and hot cocoa. Also, avoid the urge to sweeten your caffeinated beverages.

  • High-Calorie, Low Nutrient Foods: When you eat processed, refined sugars, you enjoy a momentary high-energy jolt. Eating sweets raises blood sugar level, increases fat storage, and promotes a crash-and-burn feeling. Maintaining a steady blood sugar level is important to achieve even-keeled energy levels.

Then, he suggests that you have more of the following foods in your diet:

  • Beetroot, lentils, almonds, spinach, liver, liver, chicken, and fish, which are sources of vitamin B12 and folate, nutrients that help prevent mood disorders and dementias.

  • Freshly made juices, milk, and high-quality supplements can help minimize vitamin D deficiency, which is associated with different mood disorders.

  • Cod, Brazil nuts, walnuts, and poultry are good sources of Selenium, a nutrient that decreases depression.

  • Cod, haddock, salmon, halibut, nut oils, and algae, and high-quality supplements are good sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are crucial for cognitive and behavioral function, and low levels of which are known to lead to many health problems, including mood swings and depression.

  • Dark chocolate enhances mood by increasing endorphins in the brain that promote a sense of well-being.


Exercise Regularly


Regular Exercise is a Scientifically-proven mood booster

Regular exercise has been shown to be beneficial in helping regulate and improve mood, particularly in people who suffer from depression. Exercise increases blood flow and oxygen to the brain, induces the release of endorphins (the body’s own natural antidepressant), promotes serotonin production (the mood-enhancing hormone we mentioned earlier), and elevates levels of Brain-derived Neurotropic Factor (BDNF), which promotes brain health and enhances memory (both of which suffer when a person is depressed).

Frequency is key – simple things done regularly such as going for a 15-to-30-minute walk every day, cleaning a room (or a specific part of a room), taking your dog (or a friend’s) for a walk, or doing moderate aerobic exercise have been shown to have beneficial effects on mood and mental health.


There you have it – three natural ways to boost your mood, mental health, and well-being. Of course, it’s important to consult with a medical practitioner to determine the best way to treat serious, sustained mental health issues.



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