Emotional Support Human News & Posts

It’s time to start talking about mental health. Explore tips, stories, resources and more to inspire your journey as an emotional support human.


Helping Family and Friends Through Holiday Stress and Winter Blues

The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration for many people. But for some, it can be a difficult time filled with feelings of loneliness, sadness, and even depression.

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Help Relieve Voter Stress

Voting is an essential element of the United States democratic process, but it’s also something that can cause emotional strain. As millions of people across the country head to the polls, some will experience stress, pressure, and anxiety around this activity.

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From Hurt to Healing: Supporting Loved Ones Through Bullying

Bullying isn’t a childhood rite of passage – it’s an issue that affects our loved ones and individuals of all ages, from children to adults, leaving its mark in schoolyards, workplaces, and online spaces.

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Gender-Affirming Care and How to Support Those Receiving It

As emotional support humans, we may care for a friend or family member who currently receives or is considering gender-affirming care. Whether you are very familiar with this term or are hearing it for the first time, you can show that you care – and we’re here to help show you how.

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Helping Older Adults Experiencing Isolation and Depression

Many older adults are experiencing increased feelings of depression, isolation, and anxiety in today’s post-pandemic climate. As they age, they also experience prolonged physical and emotional ailments, making emotional support and companionship vital for their well-being.

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New Year, New Goals: How to Show Up for Your Loved Ones as an Emotional Support Human

The new year is here, and you know what that means – time for a fresh start and new goals! Many of us have financial or career goals that we hope to accomplish.

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Help Take the Stress Out of New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year again. The time where we look back on the previous year and try to assess our choices and growth, or lack thereof.

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Effective Ways to Support College Students Through Winter Quarter Stress

As students return to campus for the winter quarter, college students face a new set of challenges and stressors.

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Why are Mental Health Services in Howard County Schools Important?

For students, most time is spent at school. And as students and youth across the nation are increasingly struggling with mental health challenges, not to mention the lingering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is no better place than schools to provide mental health services.

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What You Need to Know about Supporting Youth and their Mental Health

Conversations about mental health challenges are an essential part of caring for and maintaining a healthy relationship with children and young adults.

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8 Encouraging Things to Say to a Friend in Need

When you go through hard times, what do you need from your friends?

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How to begin helping someone who is struggling emotionally

You’re likely familiar with life’s many demands, such as school, work, or relationships, and how stressful they can be.

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3 Resources to Strengthen Your Emotional Support Skills

It’s time to start talking about mental health. If you’ve ever been in a place where you’re struggling, then chances are you know

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Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center

The Grassroots hotline is available 24 hours a day. They provide support for individuals in crisis or anyone needing help connecting with resources in the community. They also provide walk-in counseling.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Howard County

The local chapter of the national organization, NAMI Howard County offers free support and education programs for individuals living with mental illness, as well as programs for friends, family, parents, and caregivers.

Education & Training

Network of Care – Resource Directory

The Network of Care provides information about behavioral health services in Howard County, including a directory of behavioral health providers. It is a good place to start your search for assistance with behavioral health issues.

Local Health Improvement Coalition (LHIC)

The LHIC website offers additional community resources, including links to upcoming mental health trainings.

Resources for Youth

Howard County Youth Suicide Prevention Campaign

A project of the Howard County Health Department, the Teen Health Matters website provides support for youth, more information on suicide warning signs, and suggested action steps.

Supporting a Student’s Mental Health
Howard County Public School System (HCPSS)

HCPSS summarizes the supports offered by the school system to promote mental health and wellness. The site also includes information about age-appropriate behavior, when you should follow up with a mental health professional, and a list of local resources.

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