Melissa O’Neill, LCSW, Director of Clinical Operations

Suicide Prevention: Does the End Always Justify the Means?

by Melissa O’Neill, LCSW, Director of Clinical Operations

The world lost two extraordinary people last week. One a revolutionary fashion designer, the other a talented chef and beloved television personality. In both cases, media outlets exploded with sad and shocked commentary due to the cause of the premature deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain: suicide. And then came the commensurate outpouring of […]

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One Word… A Lifetime of Pain

by Melissa O’Neill, LCSW, Director of Clinical Operations

Fat is not a four-letter word; and yet, this single monosyllabic word has the power to devastate people’s lives. In fact, most females can’t think of anything worse than being called fat. Years ago, research studies confirmed that young girls would rather be called stupid than fat, while adolescents would prefer to receive a cancer […]

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The Devastating Consequences of Secret-Keeping

by Melissa O’Neill, LCSW, Director of Clinical Operations

An article appeared in the New York Times this month titled, “Alone with My Husband’s Secret.” The secret was his depression. In a first-hand account, the writer shared the negative impact this confidence had on him, and ultimately, her. There are few absolutes in this world, but one of them is that secrets are simply […]

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Professional Athletes Speak Out About Mental Illness

by Melissa O’Neill, LCSW, Director of Clinical Operations

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, Director of Clinical Operations

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, Director of Clinical Operations

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, Director of Clinical Operations

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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