County launches Teen Talk Line to aid mental health and wellness

WEST CHESTER — Chester County teens now have a new tool for mental health and wellness. A Teen Talk Line, targeting 12 to 18 year-olds, is now taking calls and texts to support young people who are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, sad, isolated, or confused. The National Institute of Mental Health notes that young people may be more vulnerable to stress and developing mental health conditions, such...

Creating a sense of community through collaboration

Working together can build more than success By Dr. Matthew Lapp, Columnist, The Times In this article we will explore the concept of creating community in the hopes of achieving a greater sense of connection and sustainability. As with any goal, we need to start with the end in mind. To do so, we must first define what it is that we are after. Community is defined as a feeling of fellowship with others,...

Spring into Wellness

A change in seasons can mean a change in our lives By Dr. Matthew Lapp, MS DC, Columnist, The Times Spring is in the air!  Winter has been cold, wet, and biting and now it seems that warm, sunny days are just around the corner.  Similarly, just as nature responds to the seasons of the year, our lives are also influenced by our season of life. In the song Turn! Turn! Turn! (adapted from The Bible,...

The language of wellness

Sometimes, it takes the right words to get the right results By Dr. Matthew Lapp, Columnist, The Times In previous articles, we’ve discussed the overall concept of wellness and some strategies for developing greater well-being in your life.  Some of these concepts may have been hard to grasp. So this week, I’d like to turn our attention to something that everyone is familiar with–language. ...

What is wellness?

It takes thought, planning and maybe even some changes to live a healthy life By Dr. Matthew Lapp, MS, DC, Columnist, The Times If you aren’t sick, does that mean you’re healthy?  How about if you aren’t depressed? Does that mean you’re happy?  For most people, the answer to these questions would be “no.”  However, how often do we base our state of health on symptoms, or lack thereof? Our...