Resource Articles

There is an Epidemic of Loneliness and Isolation

Although technological advances such as telehealth and online meeting platforms have added efficiency and immediacy to our lives in many realms– the experience of loneliness has grown as the disparities in access widen. Heather Kamper, LCSW, of Vanderbilt Work/Life Connections-EAP shares ways to help combat loneliness and stay connected.

The Stress-Relieving Power of Nature

There’s nothing like warmer weather and longer days to put a smile on your face! Summer is getting closer, and more people will start getting outside to soak up the sun. Being in nature decreases feelings of negative emotions. Work/Life Connections-EAP offers a few ways in which you can take advantage of the warmer weather to improve your mental health.

Stop and Smell the Flowers

The adage “April showers bring May flowers” reminds us that there can be growth and beauty even in difficult times. Our mental well-being has also been especially challenged the past few years, but we have learned to be patient and resilient. Work/Life Connections-EAP Manager Jim Kendall, LCSW, CEAP, shares ways to help find comfort in stormy times.

Processing Senseless Tragedy from a Mom's Perspective

I was working from home just down the street from my first grader’s school and 3 miles from my 5-year-old’s preschool. I started throwing on my shoes as I called my daughters’ dad in a panic for more information – Google couldn’t move fast enough for me. When he confirmed it was NOT one of our schools, a wave of emotion washed over me so swiftly that I bent over double at the waist, let my head hang between my knees, and sobbed. Those tears held so much, a mixture of feelings I have struggled to put into words.