Activism Needs Introverts (www.tenthousandplaces.org)

Note: While we don't all share the same politics or faith perspectives, I think there are some universally wonderful messages in this post . I've heard lots of my friends struggling about how to show up in the world, how to improve the world and how to balance life and work and health and home. So much is urgent and upsetting and serious which is many of us feel upset and urgent are so serious. If we're contending with ACEs or toxic stress or adverse community events and environments, past...

Agape Powerlines aims to give poor families stability [CommercialAppeal.com]

There are numerous entities in this community working on initiatives to close the faucet spewing a toxic mixture of conditions that negatively impact poor families and the children in those families. These efforts are mostly designed to plug the pipeline of adverse childhood experiences that result in children not reaching their full potential. That means stabilizing families by developing strategies to meet a family’s specific needs. Agape Child and Family Services received a major boost in...

Lawmakers Agree on Need for Child Services [NorthCarolinaHealthNews.com]

Legislators from both sides of the aisle found points of agreement on health care issues Saturday as they discussed Medicaid, child services and mental health care, and the need for better community psychiatric services in North Carolina. A capacity crowd of 400 filled UNC-Chapel Hill’s Friday Center for the 39th annual Legislative Breakfast on Mental Health, which featured a panel of two Republicans and four Democrats who agreed that more uninsured people in North Carolina need health...

Reaching Out and Helping Kids Cope in a Violent World [Ebony.com]

If you asked 17-year-old Newark, N.J. resident Naseer Wilkerson to describe what his neighborhood looks like at night, he couldn’t do it. That’s because he hasn’t seen it for years. He maps the most direct route, Monday through Friday, between the apartment he shares with his mom to his high school a few blocks away and then over to his friend Daniel’s house to do homework or play video games. Naseer—a Boy Scout and an aspiring video game creator—says he avoids being outside as much as...

Children Absorb Anti-Muslim Prejudice at an Early Age [PSMag.com]

We are doing a great job of passing our prejudices down to our kids. That’s the key takeaway from a newly published study , which finds considerable bias against Arab Muslims among Americans between the ages of six and 11. Arab Muslims — whether described as American citizens or immigrants— were seen in negative, stereotyped terms, in spite of the fact only 11 percent of the kids knew the word “Muslim” referred to a religion. Negative assumptions predated even rudimentary knowledge of the...

Enshrining the Sites of the Struggle for Civil Rights [CityLab.com]

In late September, 1955, international attention came briefly to rest on the small town of Money, Mississippi, and the Tallahatchie County Courthouse in nearby Sumner. Two white men from Money tortured and murdered Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African American boy visiting from Chicago, and sank his body in the Tallahatchie River. Soon after, in Sumner, an all-white, all-male jury acquitted them of all charges. A week after the trial, The Nation reported that “the crowds are gone and this...

Watch 6,000 Years of Urbanization in 3 Minutes [CityLab.com]

Last week, I wrote about new research spearheaded by Yale University that, for the first time ever, mapped urban settlements from 3700 B.C. to 2000 A.D. Now, Max Galka at Metrocosm has created a fun video using that digitized and geocoded dataset. In the Yale-led paper, published in Scientific Data , the authors wrote about the significance of their work: Whether it is for timely response to catastrophes, the delivery of disaster relief, assessing human impacts on the environment, or...

When Harlem Unemployment Pays for Midtown Luxury [CityLab.com]

By the time the mid-2020s roll around, the Hudson Yards development will have completely upended New York City. Sixteen skyscrapers, one taller than the Empire State Building , will encompass more than 17 million square feet of new residential, commercial, and retail space. The mega-development will also feature two soon-to-be architectural stars along Manhattan’s West Side: a slick performing-arts venue dubbed the Culture Shed , designed by hot-shots Diller Scofidio + Renfro, along with...

Why You May Love TRE

I had a tremendous amount of response from many of you to my blog post last week about TRE (tension, stress & trauma release exercise) . So I’ve decided to continue with that theme this week! There are lots of benefits to TRE, but the main reason I love it is because it helped me realize the complex relationship between my muscles, brain, and nervous system. These three kept me safe as a child, and they have continued to protect me during the dark, messy parts of my healing journey. TRE...

We’re Giving the Most Vulnerable People the Most Potent Opioid Painkiller Prescriptions [PSMag.com]

Every medicine has the possibility of harmful side effects, but for painkillers like OxyContin and Percocet, that potential is perhaps more dramatic than most. So you might think that, when prescribing such drugs, doctors select their patients carefully. But, according to new research, that’s not the case. A growing body of studies finds that those with mental-health diagnoses such as anxiety, depression, alcohol and other drug addictions, and even opioid addictions are far more likely than...

Families of Rikers Island Inmates: A Photographer’s Focus [JJIE.org]

Every day an estimated 1,500 family members and friends of those incarcerated on New York’s Rikers Island visit their loved ones. The only way on and off the island for visitors is to take the Q100 bus across the bridge. For several months, Queen-based photographer Salvador Espinoza rode the bus back and forth, documenting the stories of the people, mostly women and children, who visit the more than 10,000 people who are detained each day at the jail. He recently exhibited his photography,...

The “Hope Beyond Hurt” Poster Now Available in Spanish/El póster "Hope Beyond Hurt" (Hay esperanza después del sufrimiento) ahora disponible en español

[Scroll down to see English translation]. National Council colaboró con el Fondo Nacional de Beneficio Comunitario de Kaiser Permanente para producir "Hay esperanza después del sufrimiento", un póster promocional que alienta a los sobrevivientes de traumas a buscar servicios de terapia y apoyo a fin de llevar una vida más plena y más saludable. Hoy, estamos felices de anunciar que el póster está disponible en español . Los proveedores de atención de las comunidades Latinos pueden enfrentar...

SAMHSA’s Rose-Colored Lens [MadInAmerica.com]

The US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) should be commended for its attempt to provide a basic understanding of recovery-oriented care, and its attempt to bring recovery-oriented practice into the mainstream of professional practice. To that end, it has produced a series of online training modules for peers, social workers, nurses, psychologists and psychiatrists. It has done this in collaboration with related national professional and peer organizations. I...

The Human Toll of Protecting the Internet from the Worst of Humanity [NewYorker.com]

Henry Soto worked for Microsoft’s online-safety team, in Seattle, for eight years. He reviewed objectionable material on Microsoft’s products—Bing, the cloud-storage service OneDrive, and Xbox Live among them—and decided whether to delete it or report it to the police. Each day, Soto looked at thousands of disturbing images and videos, which included depictions of killings and child abuse. Particularly traumatic was a video of a girl being sexually abused and then murdered. The work took a...

6 Ways to Banish Anxiety and Speak Up In Meetings at Work [PsychCentral.com]

Another meeting is coming up at work, and you’re dreading it. Like so many professionals — probably many more than you realize  —  it’s not a comfortable environment for you. Maybe you’re shy, introverted, or you genuinely enjoy listening to others’ ideas. Perhaps it’s important to you to show respect by deferring to the leaders at the table. Situational factors can play a part, too. Certain co-workers may dominate the discussion, not allowing you to get a word in edgewise. Whatever the...

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