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Steps to Developing Shame Resilience: Part 4

Steps to Developing Shame Resilience: Part 4
Based on the research of Dr. Brene Brown The fourth and final step to developing and practicing shame resilience is the Ability to Speak Shame. D...

Suicide Prevention Week: What Can We Actually Do For Prevention?

Suicide Prevention Week: What Can We Actually Do For Prevention?

As we enter National Suicide Prevention Week, we hope to draw attention to the topic. Project Semicolon makes an important clarification that “Suicide is a complex issue involving numerous factors and should not be attributed to any one single cause. Not all people who die by suicide have been diagnosed with a mental illness and not all people with a mental illness attempt to end their lives by suicide."

 

Developing Shame Resilience: Part 3

Developing Shame Resilience: Part 3
When we don’t reach out to others, we allow them AND ourselves to sit alone in our shame, and by doing so we feed shame two of the ingredients it needs to survive: silence and secrecy. Using shame to fight shame doesn’t work. And using shame as a tool to try and change others doesn’t work, either. We can, however, all benefit from shared empathy. Empathy is what helps extinguish shame in its tracks.

Let’s 'Actually' Talk About Childhood Sexual Abuse

Let’s 'Actually' Talk About Childhood Sexual Abuse
The media and celebrities bring attention to these issues nationally, but sadly, as a society, we’re not doing enough. In casual conversation, I overhear people say, “Oh, how disgusting”... “Terribly sad”... “Those poor girls...” but this sort of talk just isn’t good enough. We need to have a deeper conversation. We need to understand what the victims emotionally experience. We need to understand how the abusers influence their victims and finally,we need to talk to young children about what’s appropriate and what’s not, then we need to listen. 

Mental Health Month + Aromatherapy Prevention

Mental Health Month + Aromatherapy Prevention
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” ~Benjamin Franklin Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month? What if each of us took a step this next month towards prevention, towards health and wellness? What kind of shift would we see in the world if every single person took one […]

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Protection of our children from the risks of sexual and physical violation is a topic which needs to be discussed more openly.   Protection of young children is the number one priority of any society.   April has been designated as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The aim of this month is to create widespread awareness […]

Fears, And My First Weekend Of Yoga Teacher Training

Fears, And My First Weekend Of Yoga Teacher Training
This past weekend was my first step in a 9 month stretchy, spiritual and transformative journey through Kansas City Yoga Teacher Training.    There are some truly amazing and inspirational women in my “Yoga Trainee Tribe” and I feel so blessed and honored to share this time and space with them.   But I have a […]

March is Self Injury Awareness Month

March is Self Injury Awareness Month
March 1st was (and is) Self Injury Awareness Day (SIAD) each and every year.     Overall, the month of March is self injury awareness month in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe.     The stigma of self-injury needs to be broken.   What is Self-Injury? “Self-injury, sometimes called self-harm, is any deliberate, […]

Domestic Violence – lets build awareness and prevention

Domestic Violence – lets build awareness and prevention
“Has he ever trapped you in a room and not let you out? Has he ever raised a fist as if he were going to hit you? Has he ever thrown an object that hit you or nearly did? Has he ever held you down or grabbed you to restrain you? Has he ever shoved, poked, or grabbed you? Has […]

Therapy – lets break the stigma down

Therapy – lets break the stigma down
If I go to a therapist, does that mean I’m crazy, weak or a failure?   What will others think? What if I’m seen coming out of that kind of office?   Such concerns are quite natural given our socio-cultural conditioning. Unfortunately, as a result, many people decide not to pursue therapy despite experiencing significant […]

Suicide – lets build awareness and prevention

Suicide – lets build awareness and prevention
Suicide.   It’s not a fun or pretty topic.   It’s taboo, and downright terrifying to talk about, or hear a friend or loved one think about suicide.   Or possibly you’ve entertained those thoughts.   As uncomfortably, scary, and awkward as it feels, it’s IMPERATIVE for suicide to be discussed no matter your age, ethnicity, gender, social class, […]