What is a Good Life?


  From: Greater Good Why can we act with kindness and generosity in one situation, but be cruel in another? What makes one person empathic and another person psychopathic? Does society play a role in nudging us toward more moral behavior, or is it ingrained in us? These are some of the … [Read more...]

Want To Be Mentally Tough? Stop Doing These Five Things

From: Psych Central There are a lot of ways to get stronger. Adding more resistance, adversity, or stress is one way, learning how to adapt to the challenge is another, and adopting dialectical thinking is another. Yet for all of these ways to get stronger, without removing the obstacles in our own … [Read more...]

Highland Hospital-Charleston CEO Friday Message

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Cynthia Persily, PhD, RN, FAAN   Dr. Persily is the CEO of Highland Hospital in Charleston, WV “What’s so great about working at Highland?” was the question I posed to one of our long time employees the other day. Gerald Bragg LPN has been on staff at Highland Hospital for the last 14 … [Read more...]

Highland Hospital Proud to Support the WV Child Care Association Conference

Highland Hospital is proud to be a member of and support the West Virginia Child Care Association. Their upcoming Conference "Be the One to Change a Child's Life" is scheduled for October 22, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Blessed John XXIII Pastoral Center. During the conference, our very … [Read more...]

Highland Hospital Collaborates with WV DHHR to Educate and Prepare for Ebola

  Department Heads from Highland Hospital participated in a statewide conference call conducted by the WV State Department of Health & Human Resources on Thursday, October 16, 2014. The following is information released by them: What is Ebola virus disease? Ebola is a serious viral … [Read more...]

Teen Health Better If Parents Understand Daily Challenges

  From: Psych Central New research suggests the better a parent understands the daily experiences of their teen, the better the mental health of the teen. Moreover, having a parent who “gets” a teen’s daily life may influence the way a teen’s body responds to stress on a cellular … [Read more...]

Highland TV Show Highlights the ‘Holocaust Remembered’ Lecture Series


Highland Highlights is a 30 minute weekly TV show featuring organizations, events, grass-roots efforts and people who move our state and community forward in a positive way. The show is a collaboration with Highland Hospital, Kanawha County Schools and Suddenlink. The show airs daily at 8:30 a.m. … [Read more...]

When To Stage an Intervention


From: CBS News By: Parvati Shallow   People afflicted with the disease of addiction may be incapable of understanding that they are in trouble and need help. In some circumstances, it may be necessary for their loved ones to stage an intervention in order to prevent any further destructive … [Read more...]

How to Connect More Deeply With Others

From: Psych Central By: Joe Wilner The relationships in our life make us who we are. We are social creatures meant to intimately connect with others. We are meant to love, care for, and support others and ultimately receive this intimacy in return. The connections we make with other may be only … [Read more...]

Highland Hospital Foundation to Participate in Chips for Charity

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Mardi Gras Casino & Resort is hosting their annual Chips for Charity event on Tuesday October 28, 2014 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tournament begins at 6:30 p.m. Representatives from various charities from around the state of West Virginia will be playing Texas Hold ‘Em for fun and cash prizes for … [Read more...]

Highland Offers Sprint Cup Race Contest: Winner Receives 4 Tickets to NASCAR Race in Martinsville


  Highland Hospital is conducting a contest in which the winner receives 4 tickets to  the October 26, 2014  NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway  in Virginia.   Tickets includes: Transportation on a luxury bus, breakfast from Tudors on the bus, 4 tickets to the Sprint Cup … [Read more...]

Process Strategies in Search of Community Engagement Specialist

Process Strategies, the outpatient division of Highland Hospital, is searching for 2 candidates to fill newly created positions. Job Summary: The Community Engagement Specialist (CES) will work in the community to assist individuals with serious mental illness, substance use, and co-occurring or … [Read more...]

10 Positive Habits That Could Change Your Life

From: Time Magazine By: Sarah Chen Lin Trust karma.But when you do something good, be genuine and do it from your heart, not because you’re expecting something good to happen to you later. Volunteer.That one hour you spend talking to that pregnant teenage mother or that one hour bonding with … [Read more...]

Why Laughter Can, Sometimes, Make You Feel Better


From: Psychology Today By: Ryan Martin, Ph. D.  We have all likely seen it play out in our own lives: We are angry about something, then something funny happens, and suddenly, at least for a moment, we don't feel angry anymore. It's as though, somehow, the funny thing that happened gave us some … [Read more...]

6 Bad Habits that Will Drain Your Energy

From: Psych Central By: John Wilner I am a little under the weather right now. It’s not hugging the porcelain God or anything. I just have congestion and a head cold. The point of me telling you this isn’t to whine and complain. Being sick just makes me realize how important our health and … [Read more...]

The Suicide Crisis – The Cost of Not Caring


From: USA Today By: Gregg Zoroya This is another article in the series 'The Cost of Not Caring' from the USA Today. Standing high above the San Francisco Bay, perched on an I-beam outside the Golden Gate Bridge railing, the man dressed neatly in khakis and a button-down shirt hesitated. Kevin … [Read more...]

How Self-Loathing and Self-Worshipping Lead to Lies

    From: Psych Central By: Anneli Rufus I once asked a friend whether she knew anything about Russian literature. “No,” she intoned, shaking her head with a studiedly blank look in her eyes. “Not a thing.” Later I learned that she’d written her Master’s thesis on Anna … [Read more...]

Are We Raising a Generation of Helpless Kids?

From: Huffington Post  By: Mickey Goodman When a college freshman received a C- on her first test, she literally had a meltdown in class. Sobbing, she texted her mother who called back, demanding to talk to the professor immediately (he, of course, declined). Another mother accompanied her child … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Start Being An Optimist

From: Get Busy Living “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”  ~ Abraham Lincoln In the last post, I told you science has proven that our brains can be wired differently. It doesn’t happen by accident. Like Abe said, we can be as happy as we make make our minds … [Read more...]

Different Types of Mental Health Therapy


From: Healthy Place By: Lauren Hardy I’m not sure about the rest of you, but when I first got into the field of psychology, I was overwhelmed with all of the information I had to learn about the different types of mental health therapies that are used. (Depression Therapy: How Psychotherapy for … [Read more...]