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These articles are written to be a resource for families, as well as other professionals in behavior health.

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How Families Cope After Suicide

How Families Cope After Suicide

When I was 7, my father died by suicide. To say I was traumatized to learn that he hung himself with a tie would be an understatement.  My mother, also experiencing this trauma, had no place where she could share her loss and the feelings of guilt and shame and anger...

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September Is National Suicide Prevention Month

September Is National Suicide Prevention Month

Funny how we delegate days and months to certain causes. The truth is that every day should be a suicide prevention day. Sadly, death by suicide is among the leading causes of death overall in the United States. There are, on average, 123 suicides each day. It is the...

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Back to School During National Recovery Month

Back to School During National Recovery Month

September is officially here, and with it comes the welcome return to school for many students. The pandemic drags on, but there is hope for a return to normalcy in the coming months ahead. Still, living in the time of Covid comes with several stressors and concerns...

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Out and About – Delightful Get Togethers

Out and About – Delightful Get Togethers

Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Families It’s been a long time since I have been out and about meeting with all of you in person and to speaking engagements (which I love to do.) The last big conference I spoke at was March 2020 at Providence Medical Center. Who would...

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Party Without Regrets

Party Without Regrets

Colleges all over the nation are getting ready for students to return to campus. The return of students to in-person classes and dorm living will usher in the return of parties. Often, alcohol is the main event of the party, but drugs will also be on the scene. It...

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Yo-Yo Effect: Will Substance Abuse Spike Again?

Yo-Yo Effect: Will Substance Abuse Spike Again?

  The other day I was picturing in my mind’s eye a little child playing with a yo-yo. I couldn’t help but think about the energy of a yo-yo in motion. In the hands of a skilled yo-yoer, we see a back and forth of potential energy as the yo-yo moves toward the...

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Marijuana: Do You Think It Should Be Legal?

Marijuana: Do You Think It Should Be Legal?

    Early in July, US Senate Democrats introduced a draft bill that would legalize marijuana use for Americans, 21 and older. The House of Representatives passed a similar bill in December 2020. The Senate version would allow adults to possess up to 10...

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Black Athletes Speak Out On Mental Wellness

Black Athletes Speak Out On Mental Wellness

With the news of Simone Biles pulling out of the Olympic finals and choosing her mental health first, we are seeing a movement among elite Black athletes who are taking a public stand to advocate for their own and others’ mental health. There has been a surge of elite...

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Athletes and Mental Health

Athletes and Mental Health

  We love and admire professional athletes for their talent, discipline, and amazing achievements.  Even more admirable are those sports celebrities who are using their status to shine a light on mental health issues. Their advocacy can reach a wide audience, not...

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