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CRYSTAL JOHNSON SPEAKS ABOUT WOMEN'S CONNECT AND BREAKING THE CYCLE OF ADDICTION [Stand Against Stigma]

"When I made the commitment to get clean, I was really scared to talk to anyone face-to-face with the issues I was having or the fact I didn’t know where to get help. If I could have accessed a website with all those resources, I do think it would have been helpful and a lot less scary. One of the scariest parts of getting clean was I didn’t know who I was without being a druggy, a thief or criminal. When I did get clean, I discovered I’m good at so many other things. Today in my life I’m a...

INTRODUCING BRAVE FACES ADVOCATE DAVID WHARTON [Stand Against Stigma]

Redding resident and community organizer, David Wharton, pushed through many layers of stigma to reach a place of healing in his life. He manages his anxiety and depression with medication, counseling and volunteer service. "I found that giving back to my community had a profound impact on the way I thought about myself and others..." Read more of David's story in his [ Full story]. About one in four people will struggle with a mental illness every year, and about 40 people in Shasta County...

CA announces robust perinatal depression prevention for Medi-Cal recipients

Melinda Coates experienced a tumultuous pregnancy. “I was really mentally upset literally from day one (of the pregnancy),” she says. (Melinda Coates is a pseudonym. To protect her and her children’s privacy and safety, we are not using her real name.) Coates had hoped to get counseling last October, when she was seven months pregnant. That’s when she enrolled in the state’s Medi-Cal program, shortly after she and her abusive husband moved to California, “but nobody was able to get me in...

Healing From Childhood Trauma — AVAIYA University online course, July 29 - Aug. 6

AVAIYA University is hosting a free online class, Healing From Childhood Trauma, July 29 - August 6, that features 18 physicians, therapists, psychologists & more who share life-changing strategies to heal from childhood trauma. Featured in the course are Dr. Dan Siegel on "Trauma & Mindfulness", Dr. Jamie Marich on "Healing the Wounds of Childhood Trauma", and Ann Kelley and Sue Marriott on "U nderstanding Unresolved Attachment to Heal From Loss & Trauma." I'm doing a session on...

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