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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. 

Through the Eyes of a Rape Survivor: An Inspiring Video Interview about Healing from Trauma

Through the Eyes of a Rape Survivor: An Inspiring Video Interview about Healing from Trauma
It picks its victims who are anyone, at any moment, anywhere. It is trauma. Trauma does not discriminate when it comes to who it affects. Trau...

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 […]

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, […]

In Times of Darkness and Terror…

In Times of Darkness and Terror…
“May we not succumb to thoughts of violence and revenge today, but rather to thoughts of mercy and compassion. We are to love our enemies that they might be returned to their right minds.” -Marianne Williamson   In times like these… with horrific attacks occurring across the world, killing innocent, beautiful lives, it is easy to […]

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month
“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 […]