Suicide Prevention 101

Suicide Help

Every college student should know what to watch for and how to get help
Robin Williams’s suicide was hard on everyone. In the weeks after his tragic death, the end of a long and heroic struggle with mental illness, one of my friends reached out to me to express her own thoughts about…

Invisible Scars : National PTSD Awareness Month Shines Spotlight on Devastating Psychological Disorder

PTSD and Veterans

Every Monday evening in Nampa, Idaho, a group of twenty veterans gather to share stories and support. The men range in age from grizzled Vietnam warriors to young soldiers who have just returned from Afghanistan. On the night they invited me to visit, their leader and Warrior Pointe founder,…

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – Invisible Scars

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When we sense danger, we instinctually experience fear. Fear triggers our body to prepare to defend ourselves against or evade from the danger. This so-called “fight-or-flight” response is a natural reaction meant to protect us. However, in people who suffer from post-traumatic stress…

The Stranger You Know – Sexual Assault Awareness Month Brings Focus to a Painful, Violent, Pervasive Crime

Sexual Assault Awareness

In the movies, sexual assault looks like this: a dark alley, a beautiful young woman, and a stranger with a knife or gun. But in real life, sexual assault is all too common and usually involves someone you know.  In fact, more than two in three rapes are committed by a friend or acquaintance,…

Sexual Assault: Power – Money – Control

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April was Sexual Assault Awareness Month – dedicated to shining a light on the violent and pervasive crime that affects hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children each year. Often a taboo subject, victims often remain silent, fearing retribution or blaming themselves. Learn the facts…