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Depression, the Silent Killer

For many who read this blog, speaking about depression may seem redundant. However, an enemy that isn’t acknowledged becomes a silent killer. So, for both those who understand too well what depression is and how it affects our lives and those who don’t know I am writing this post. Every human on planet earth experiences depression. There are no exceptions.

Somersworth (NH) Taking on Childhood Trauma - Here's How []

By Kyle Stucker,, January 22, 2020 Hilltop City education, public safety and social service leaders hope this spring to soft launch a new collaborative model for helping prevent and respond to childhood trauma. The goal of creating an Adverse Childhood Experience Response Team in Somersworth is to bring resources together better than ever before, more proactively refer families to individualized services, and more deeply implement trauma-informed care principles at all levels of...

Historical Trauma to Historical Wisdom []

By Quinn Stoddard, PSU Vanguard, January 21, 2020 On Jan. 15, at Multnomah County Central Library, an open discussion was hosted by the Indigenous 20-Something Project—“a movement [bringing] healing and wellness to an entire generation to stop the toxic impacts of intergenerational trauma.” Hosts and founding members of I20SP, Shalene Joseph and Josh Cocker, discussed different factors affecting indigenous communities and the power that historical wisdom has had in their efforts to foster...

Childhood Sexual Abuse: The Silent Shame []

By Mark McMillan, Pride Source, January 22, 2020 Warning: this column may contain content that may be triggering for some readers. This past year in my practice, I began to see both male and female clients who presented with a past history of child sexual abuse. Unfortunately, the statistics prove that someone misusing alcohol or other drugs most likely has some form of child abuse in their past as well. Add that this person identifies with the LGBTQ community, and the numbers change...

Immigrant Kids Were Restrained to Chairs With Bags Over Their Heads at a Juvenile Hall in Virginia []

By Samantha Michaels, Mother Jones, January 22, 2020 Antonio was tired of people calling him names. Staff members at the Virginia juvenile hall where he was held would call him pendejo and “onion head,” he said. After fleeing violence in Mexico at age 15 and arriving alone at the US border, he’d been sent to Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center in 2016 and held alongside American teens while he awaited immigration proceedings. Shenandoah is one of two juvenile halls nationally that the Office...

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Creating change within emergency department

Hello, I'm Katie. I work in a Bay Area trauma center in the emergency department. I've had the privilege of working within my department for 4 years. Over the past 4 months I've been doing an immense amount of research into ways we can develop a culture that puts forth a trauma informed practice. Through many hours of research, note taking, interviewing and more, Ive gained much insight into the minds of staff, patients and myself. What motivated me to start this was my lived experience with...Read More...
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Reducing Toxic Stress in Pregnancy

Hi ACES community, This is really a personal request for support. I will try to keep this short. I'm a bodyworker and personal development coach studying/using many somatic and mindfulness healing tools for almost 20 years (TRE, IFS, yoga, meditation, breathwork, dance, voice, massage, NLP, etc), so I'm experienced in completely healing my own traumas from emotionally/physically abusive parents, and minor traumas in clients. However, recently a repressed memory surfaced, much worse than...Read More...
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