June 2017

Finding Answers: A Suicide Toolkit for Teens

If you are a teen who is thinking about hurting yourself, it’s important to know that your pain is real, but suicide is not the answer. There are so many people out there that truly care about you who want to help. In addition, the resources available to you are abundant. Use this toolkit for quick access to those resources, as well as healthy ways to cope with the pain you are feeling. Informational Resources With all the information being thrown at you in school, it can seem like you are...

Healing Communities

We are pleased to announce two of the panelists for the discussion led by Dr. Robert Anda on the September 8, 2017, event titled Healing Communities. Additional panelists will be announced over the summer, so stay tuned! For more information on this event in Hagerstown, MD, please reference the attached flyer. Brett Wilson, Maryland House of Delegates, District 2B Victor Brito, Chief, Hagerstown Police Department

A Reflection of Real Life and the Amazing Influence of People: The Saga of C-PTSD Continues

I'd like to believe that part of life is about taking chances, taking risks, and about having a support network that will be there when you fall. I struggle with the last part, because when I fell down the rabbit hole almost two years ago (I had a mental health crisis and was then diagnosed with a mental illness), I felt abandoned by the people who were closest to me. I had built much of my life - maybe all of my life - around my career. I never felt like I had a job like other people seem...

I Don’t Know How To Explain To You That You Should Care About Other People [HuffingtonPost.com]

Like many Americans, I’m having politics fatigue. Or, to be more specific, arguing-about-politics fatigue. I haven’t run out of salient points or evidence for my political perspective, but there is a particular stumbling block I keep running into when trying to reach across the proverbial aisle and have those “difficult conversations” so smugly suggested by think piece after think piece: I don’t know how to explain to someone why they should care about other people. Personally, I’m happy to...

The 5 Most Common Misconceptions About PTSD [HuffingtonPost.com]

June 27 is National PTSD Awareness Day, an opportunity to bring to light a disorder that affects millions of Americans every day. The distinction of this day was granted by the United States Senate in 2010. In 2014, the Senate upgraded the cause by designating the full month of June toward raising awareness for PTSD. These efforts are critical to providing opportunities to educate the public about PTSD and how it affects those with the disorder. As a result, perhaps you’ve seen more...

Peer Recovery Coaches Help Battle Addiction in Texas [News.UTexas.edu]

Texans with substance use disorders who work with a peer recovery coach for a minimum of 12 months remain abstinent or reduce their substance use, improve their housing and employment status and reduce their overall use of health care services, according to a new report from social work researchers at The University of Texas at Austin. Addiction to alcohol or drugs affects millions of people in the United States, and drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under age...

Why Climate Change Belongs in the Health Care Debate [YesMagazine.org]

I’m digging through reports and punditry to make sense of health care reform when I realize that while we’ve been debating single-payer systems and high-risk pools, no one’s talking about the most serious health threat: climate change. I know what global warming is doing to our ecosystems. My Twitter feed is a stream of climate disaster revelations. Given the serious implications droughts, floods, and fires pose to our health, shouldn’t climate change be part of the health care discussions?

The Strange Power of Weak Ties [CityLab.com]

My wife and I are blessed to live in our neighborhood, a part of Seattle called Madrona that calls itself “The Peaceable Kingdom.” We live on a block with neighbors we love. We have potluck dinner parties every month. We share rides and tools. We exchange home repair know-how, pie crust recipes, general advice. We give and get the tomatoes from our gardens and the plums from our trees. We walk across the street just to visit. It’s a little idyll of neighborliness. And if I’m honest about it,...

Fixing the 5 Percent [TheAtlantic.com]

An oversized poster of the Seinfeld character Kramer watches over Phil Rizzuto’s daily routine. When Rizzuto, named for the famous New York Yankees shortstop, swallows his 6 a.m. pills, Kramer is looming over him, looking quizzical. Same for the 9 a.m., noon, 6 p.m., and midnight doses, each fistful of pills placed in a carefully labeled Dixie cup. “I live on medication,” he says. [For more of this story, written by Karen Weintraub and Rachel Zimmerman, go to ...

Ending Homelessness, One Person at a Time [RWJF.org]

When people think of us, many envision a wealthy beach community dotted with hip boutiques and bistros overlooking beautiful sunsets. But here in Santa Monica we face stark, complicated issues—including homelessness—like any other city. In fact after seven years of stability, our homeless population spiked significantly this year (2017) to 921. This is a 26 percent increase over 2016. It’s part of a regional homelessness crisis in Los Angeles County , which also saw a 23 percent increase...

Statement from Richard Besser, MD, on CBO Score of Better Care Reconciliation Act [RWJF.org]

The following statement from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is in response to the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) score of the Senate’s proposed legislation repealing the Affordable Care Act . The non-partisan estimate concludes 22 million people would lose coverage by 2026 under the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked for more than 40 years to ensure that everyone in America has access to affordable, high-quality health care. Being...

Taking the Pulse of a Growing ACEs Movement: Philadelphia MARC Update

Philadelphia ACE Task Force (PATF) staff members like to call 2016 “The Year of the Work Groups.” These subsets of the Task Force—focusing on community education/ACEs messaging, workforce development, practical interventions and research—became incubators for ideas, programs and partnerships that helped energize the larger ACEs movement in the city and beyond. Launching a New Website One of the most visible activities was the launch of the PATF’s new website, PhiladelphiaACES.org , which...

Come Chat with Dr. Claudia M. Gold: An ACE-Informed Pediatrician

Date: July 11th Time: 10 AM PST / 1 PM EST Location: Parenting with ACEs Group , Online Flyer: Attached below. Please share. Dr. Claudia M. Gold has practiced general and behavioral pediatrics for 25 years and specializes in early childhood mental health. She is on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts, Boston Infant-Parent Mental Health program, William James College, and the Austen Riggs Center where she is a Human Development consultant. Dr. Gold is author of the following...

Summer Web-Talk Series to Address Needs of Children and Parents Overcoming Abuse

WHY? HELP OTHERS THAT NEED SUPPORT TO GET BEYOND WHY ADVERSITY HAS HAPPENED.... OPPORTUNITIES TO INCREASE SKILLS WORKING ASIDE CHILDREN, YOUTH AND PARENTS Continuous Quality Improvement Training Webinars Wednesdays July 19th & 26th $60.00 total for both days... 3:30p.m.-5:00p.m. Pacific Standard Time Zone Train your whole staff with no travel expense or time away from the office! Our registration process is easy and provides an opportunity for everyone in your office to benefit from the...

Law Enforcement is Still Used as a Colonial Tool In Indian Country [TheMarshallProject.org]

THE GENERAL PUBLIC became aware of the Standing Rock Sioux’s fight to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline last fall when, week after week, videos surfaced showing protesters being attacked by dogs, sprayed with water hoses and pelted with an arsenal of rubber bullets, bean bag pellets, and long-range sound devices that blast “powerful deterrent tones.” Rumored among activists but unknown to the public and much of the press, law enforcement had another tool up its sleeve that has only recently...

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