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A Clear Voice

To listen is to understand; however, individuals cannot understand, because we are too busy going through the motions of life. Individuals do not take the time to truly listen, and interpret the true meaning of words being spoken. Words take on feelings and emotions, which leads to either the negative or positive actions of individuals. It is essential for everyone to take the much needed time to listen, and provide the necessary support and empathy to those who are in need. When I think...

Model Minority Myth

The Model Minority Myth is a model that stems from various false beliefs about the Asian American culture. This term debunks the fact that Asian Americans are the thriving force within America culture, both in society and the workforce. These stereotypes coincide with the belief that Asian Americans are “the smartest” culture in industries of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The terms reveal that this culture is the leading force, and trumps other cultures. It is a...

The Year of Prosperity

As we embark on the Holiday Season and the beginning of a new year, I invite you to focus on everything you have received and gave back to self and others. This reflection will allow you to be grateful, and prepare for a new and improved year ahead. Take some time to create a vision, some goals, or a task you wish to accomplish in the next year. Ensure that you set aside some time and might to accomplish each task in its own timing. Always remember to be blessed where you are, and where you...

Behavioral Health and the Holiday Season

The holiday season is filled with peace and happiness, and sharing time with friends and family. For many, this is a time where family and friends get together and reflect on the birth of Christ, while preparing for the new year. These events can cause those with behavioral health concerns to exacerbate. According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) (2023), over 64% of individuals mental health concerns worsen. I have provided some tips on how to improve mental wellness during...

The Power of Positivity

Being positive is a complete state of mind. It is looking at self, and determining what brings a positive spirit within. Rather it be an enjoyable activity, or spending time with inspirational individuals, you ultimately determine your happiness. There are a few simple steps to remaining positive, especially during the holiday season. Keep a positive mindset by harping on small successes over failures. Find what inspires you each day. Keep pushing, no matter how hard the task may seem.

What Sleeping Patterns Reveal

Sleep is necessary to thrive on a day-to-day basis. I have researched the basis of what sleeping patterns truly mean and how they correlate to individual personality traits. There are six distinctive sleeping patterns that individuals conform to. The initial position is the fetal position, in which individuals lay on their side in a curved position. This position is widely known to most sleepers, and reveals an extensive emotional state of anxiousness (Summers & Bagot as cited in The...

Entrepreneurship and School-Based Health Centers

Implementing new entrepreneurial projects requires a clear purpose to create a successful business plan. The statement of purpose explains the significance of a particular organization, and can be a determining factor for stakeholder and medical colleague buy-in. Gathering stakeholders such as campus administration, staff, district school board members, students, families, primary care and mental health professionals, and community activists to bring this plan to light. Once a core team is...

Call to Action & Toolkit: Urge Congress to Support Trauma-Informed Legislation

It’s time to take action and make our voices heard to build healthy, resilient communities! The Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP) is organizing trauma-informed advocates, activists, and stakeholders to urge their U.S. Senators and Representatives to support two bipartisan, bicameral bills that would significantly help prevent, address, and mitigate the negative impacts of trauma through community-based/led initiatives.

Mediating Effects of Perceived Burdensomeness on the Relation Between Depressive Symptoms and Suicide Ideation in a Community Sample of Older Adults

Many individuals agree that the suicide rates for older adults age 60 and above continue to increase. There are many aspects of life that determine the thought of suicide in older patients. Depression is a significant cause of suicide, as this population is unable to enjoy life as a result of burdensome health issues, reoccurring death, and the lack of independence and respect. Providers should taken into consideration the physical and mental aspects of providing services to older adults...

The Long Healing Arc of Developmental Trauma

"Shortly after my thirty-sixth birthday, I felt gripped by feelings of distress I could attach to nothing specific, an emotional state that initiated what has become a decades-long healing journey. Early on, my healing attempts were hit-and-miss, but over time, as I developed self-care practices and reached out to professionals as needed, I found that meaning replaced my anxiety and joy my despair." So begins the back-cover copy on Once Upon a Body: Creating Meaning, Peace, and Joy after...

MEDICAL and ACADEMIC NARROWMINDEDNESS BLOCK PROGRESS

As a clinician, researcher and policy specialist devoted to the prevention and treatment of the ill effects of child abuse and neglect (CAN) I read “Recommendations for Population-Based Applications of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study: Position Statement by the American College of Preventive Medicine” (Sherin KM, Stillerman A, Chandrasekar L, Went N, Niebuhr DW. Recommendations for Population-Based Applications of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study: Position Statement by the...

Examples of Current Trauma-Informed Judicial Systems

Please join us for a new series entitled: Trauma-Informed Criminal Justice. This monthly virtual Zoom series will feature conversations facilitated by Porter Jennings-McGarity, PACEs Connection’s criminal justice consultant, with special guests to discuss the need for trauma-informed criminal justice system reform. Using a PACEs-science lens, this series will examine the relationship between trauma and the criminal justice system, what needs changing, and strategies being used in this area...

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