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Ask our staff! Hospital for Behavioral Medicine Question and Answer Series

At the Hospital for Behavioral Medicine, our staff gets asked a lot of questions! We wanted to answer some of the questions sent via our website and social media accounts.

Question: “What should I bring with me to the hospital”?

Answered by:

Kelsy A. Rondeau, M.Ed., LSAC
Director of Assessment and Referral (Intake)

“Patients should bring 3 days’ worth of comfortable clothing. To maintain the safety of all patients and staff, we do not allow strings, hooded clothes, or shoelaces. All valuable items not allowed on the units will be stored in a safe under camera surveillance until the time of discharge (purses, wallets, cellphones, electronics, etc.). Patients are allowed to have their wedding rings or the use of religious jewelry with physician approval. We provide toiletries, a comb/or brush, and other supplies. For infection control and safety, we ask that patients do not bring their stuffed animals or blankets. We have washers and dryers that staff will assist patients to make sure their clothing is clean throughout their stay. We recommend that patients have some sort of slip-on shoe for comfort and safety while moving throughout the hospital.“ – Kelsy Rondeau

December 15, 2020

Mental Health During the Holidays: Five Tips to Ease the Struggle.

By Mental Health First Aid USA on December 3, 2020

The holiday season is often a time of year for social activities, holiday shopping, and quality time with loved ones. This year, however, COVID-19 threatens to make those activities more difficult.

Keeping up with activities, staying positive and — especially in 2020 — safely socializing can be overwhelming.

In addition, 40% of U.S. adults face a mental health or substance use challenge, making a complicated holiday season an even more difficult time for many people. Regardless of whether you are living with a mental health challenge or know someone who is, you can take steps to prepare for the holidays and prioritize your mental health in the coming weeks.

Use these tips to get started:

  1. Manage your expectations. Remember that this year is different and may not feel like the holiday season we are used to. Whether you are sharing a meal over Zoom or sending well wishes to family across the country, managing your expectations for yourself and others will help you stay positive. Give yourself and those around you some grace – none of us have been through a time like this before, and we’re all trying to balance staying safe with feeling “normal.”
  2. Pull back when you need to. If, at any point, you feel overwhelmed or anxious, know that it’s perfectly fine to take a step back. Healthy boundaries are necessary for your mental health. Practicing self-care can also help soothe feelings of anxiety or stress. Take a walk, watch a funny movie, or meditate.
  3. Reach out to loved ones. In times like this, living in a digital age can feel like a saving grace. Stay connected with your loved ones via text, social media, video or phone. Make yourself available for those you cannot see in person and offer your support to loved ones who may be struggling — a simple text or email can make a difference.
  4. Monitor your moods. The “holiday blues” are real, so it is important to stay in tune with how you’re feeling. It can be easy to put others before yourself during the holiday season but remember that how you’re feeling matters too. Practicing mindfulness, journaling, or even rating how you feel every day can help you better understand your emotions. Pay attention to what makes you happy and incorporate it into your daily life. And remember: It’s OK to not be OK, and you’re not alone.
  5. Ask for help. If the holidays become more than you can handle, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help. Talk to a loved one, trusted peer, or even your primary care physician about how you’re feeling. If you notice a family member or loved one having a difficult time, encourage them to seek help too.


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