What Fear Can Teach Us?

What Fear Can Teach Us?

Flying back from Munich to San Diego, I came across a German Proverb, “Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is.” As I contemplated this statement, I realized we all have fears, some of which can be quite imaginative and vocal, which may color the stories we tell...
Can Humor Be an Intervention Strategy?

Can Humor Be an Intervention Strategy?

While traveling home from the American Pharmaceutics meeting, I stopped to think about how I made folks laugh during my presentation.Humor served to break the ice and make folks more relaxed, so the ongoing discussions were full and the participants felt safe and...
Downstate Anyone?

Downstate Anyone?

I have often been characterized as a work alcoholic. I thrive on helping people in crisis. Why am I so good at this? Well, I suppose that growing up in a family beset with alcohol, other drugs, and mental health issues prepared me. I was walking on eggshells, always...
Death

Death

Nothing prepared me for April 20, 1996. It was the day after Easter a supposed time of resurrection and goodness. Instead, my husband was DOA after sliding backwards into the center divide in his brand new (with not a scratch on it) Infiniti. Two days before after...
Biden Overdose Strategy

Biden Overdose Strategy

The current U.S. President, Joe Biden, will unveil a new strategy for dealing with drug addiction and overdoses that aims to expand access to medications for opioid overdoses, increase funding for law enforcement, and expand sanctions against traffickers. The Biden...
Leadership

Leadership

This edition of my blog is devoted to leadership. Leadership especially servant leadership is needed in our world in general and in behavioral health care. Each day we face life and death situations. As professionals, we must walk with integrity as we work to help...
Part 2: Mental Health and Women – Do Women Need an Intervention?

Part 2: Mental Health and Women – Do Women Need an Intervention?

As a mature woman, I see each day the trials and tribulations that women face as they live their lives with courage, humility, passion, and determination. No one sets out to have a mental illness, yet women are facing a time in history where the stressors of daily...
What Do Yellowstones’ Ryan Bingham and I Have In Common?

What Do Yellowstones’ Ryan Bingham and I Have In Common?

  Well, it’s obvious I am not a good looking cowboy that roams the plains of Montana, can ride a bull and is one of the wayward ranch hands that makes Yellowstone so seductive. However, I surely welcome a Yellowstone cap or sweatshirt and definitely have it on...