My Aunt Dot

Aunt Dorothy was different.  As a child, I didn’t appreciate those differences.  I recall the day that she insisted my sister could fit one more tablespoon of cream into her mason jar.  After all, she was paying us for the cream.  My mother laughed about it when Aunt...

What’s Your Stress Load?

Are you feeling a bit stressed? There are so many responsibilities and pressures we feel on a daily basis that come from work, home, school, and our community.  These stressors all compound and create a type of “stress load”.  Stress can help to motivate us to...
Nursing Hours & Patient Outcomes

Nursing Hours & Patient Outcomes

Clients will often inquire if staffing ratios impact outcomes and request that MHO investigate the relationship between nursing hours and patient outcomes: Does more staff mean better care? The ratio of nurses to patients is important for inpatient psychiatric units...
Probing Electroconvulsive Therapy

Probing Electroconvulsive Therapy

Society is becoming more aware of health issues, fighting stigmas that mental illness and its treatments bring. ECT is a viable option for many patients. It is important to keep in mind that ECT is often patients’ last hope of relief from severe depression. Top...