Back to School 2017

Change can be hard for everyone, and as exciting as the start of a new school year can be, it comes with its own sort of stress. As parents, we often think of the stress it brings to us with the school-supply shopping, change in our schedules, and the tuition or fees that take a Read More

Breaking Our Silence

In our community, we’ve created a culture of silence. That silence is built on a foundation of secrecy, shame, and isolation. We too often think about the bad things in our lives in terms of how we hide them. How do I keep my co-workers from finding out I have a mental illness? How do Read More

Early Warning Signs of PTSD

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PTSD can affect anyone who has experienced an extremely traumatic event of any kind, whether it’s sexual assault or a near-death experience. People with PTSD can experience these issues for months or years after a traumatic event.

A Hidden Illness

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There is a common misconception that posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) exclusively affects soldiers who have experienced warfare. This is not the case. PTSD can affect anyone who has experienced an extremely traumatic event of any kind, whether it’s a near-death experience or sexual assault. It’s important to have PTSD officially diagnosed by a mental health Read More

Channeling Our Fear into Action

As summer sets in and temperatures begin to rise, it seems so have the number of headlines we see about the violence in our community. Sometimes it feels like there are so many disturbing stories that I don’t even know how to keep them straight-a triple shooting here, a seven year old clinging to life Read More

Showing You Care

One of the most powerful things about a truly supportive community is that it has a role for everyone to play. Supportive communities are filled with individuals taking steps to not only better care for themselves, but who are actively working to care for their community. Often, when we think about what it means to Read More

How Stress Affects Your Sleep

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While falling asleep can be difficult – especially if you’re particularly stressed or are experiencing racing thoughts – sometimes staying asleep is the biggest challenge of all. People often think of insomnia as a condition in which people only have trouble falling asleep, or what’s known as onset insomnia. In reality there is another type Read More

Finding Our Empathy in the Face of Addiction

The research is clear — the more toxic stress and trauma someone experiences, the greater the risk for them abusing alcohol and drugs. Studies, including the Adverse Childhood Experience Study, have shown that experiencing 4 or more traumatic experiences during childhood can increase someone’s risk for alcoholism by 500%. For me, this correlation between trauma Read More

Reducing Your Family Stress

While our family can provide a great source of strength and serve as a wonderful support system, our family can also add stress to our lives.