Melissa O’Neill, LCSW

Professional Athletes Speak Out About Mental Illness

by Melissa O’Neill, LCSW

Mental illness is extremely prevalent throughout our country. According to estimates by the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 44 million Americans experienced some form of mental illness in 2015, which is the most recent year for available numbers. That’s nearly one in five people aged 18 or over. And yet, by and large, disorders […]

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What Parents Need to Know About Bullying

by Melissa O’Neill, LCSW

Fall is back-to-school season and throughout our country children are hoisting on new backpacks while teenagers are trying to figure out their new class schedules. Although children often lament the end of summer vacation, most students look forward to a new school year for a variety of reasons. It could be rejoining friends, kicking off […]

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The Jewish Community Faces the Opiate Crisis

by Melissa O’Neill, LCSW

On the surface, an eating disorder and a substance use disorder may look quite different. One involves food while the other involves drugs or alcohol. Yet, they share one commonality that is immutable; no person, culture, ethnicity, socio-economic or educational group is immune from either of these illnesses. The same holds true with religion or […]

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International Efforts to Stamp Out Eating Disorders

by Melissa O’Neill, LCSW

Families are profoundly impacted by an eating disorder. When a daughter moves into the dangerous world of anorexia or bulimia, her parents often feel as though they are all alone in this struggle. Fortunately, as they gain in personal knowledge and reach out, parents soon discover that eating disorders have reached epidemic levels in our […]

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