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Putting an End to Domestic Violence in Your Community

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Every single minute, an average of 20 people are being physically abused by an intimate partner in the United Sates, equating to more than 10 mill...

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.

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 […]

Bullying – Let’s Build Awareness and prevention

Bullying – Let’s Build Awareness and prevention
January is one of the most depressing months of the year.   If you deal with depression year round, then today is just another day to get through.   But for millions of people who are generally happy, and don’t struggle with mental illnesses  – today might STILL be the day you wished you stayed […]