Link – First responders can be haunted by close encounters with suffering and death

Link – First responders can be haunted by close encounters with suffering and death

And it’s things like this that keep people from getting help when they need it. “Jeff Dill, a former firefighter and the founder of the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance, said he saw a half dozen cases across the country last year where firefighters were fired after they were diagnosed with PTSD.” Is it any wonder…

Link – You saw yourself as damaged goods; I saw a determined survivor of abuse

Link – You saw yourself as damaged goods; I saw a determined survivor of abuse

Sadly, this is too familiar for many of us who’ve been involved in the survivor community. You had resilience. You were smart. You were funny. You were kind. You had a fragile heart and osteoporotic bones. But I never looked at you and saw damage. I only ever saw resilience and hope. It was you…

Louisiana Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs Suicide Prevention Summit

Louisiana Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs Suicide Prevention Summit

My Father in Law actually sent me a link to this. It’s a suicide prevention summit being held in Sept. in Alexandria, LA. While I realize the readership of this blog might not include many people in the area, I wanted to share it because I think this is an important resource for anyone connected…

Link – The Single Most Powerful Tool for Healing: Tell the Right Stories

Link – The Single Most Powerful Tool for Healing: Tell the Right Stories

One, this quote is spot on: “I was able to heal because others shared stories that let me know that healing was possible. These stories gave me faith in the ability to heal and were the foundation for allowing me to do the work necessary to get through the crisis. They allowed me to see…

Link – I Combat Self-Stigma with Books About Mental Illness

Link – I Combat Self-Stigma with Books About Mental Illness

Laura’s reasoning for reading books is pretty sound: “A lot of them also show that the darkness is not only survivable but manageable in the long term. It’s one thing to say, “I got past this and you can, too.” It’s an entirely different thing to acknowledge that the journey may be less about getting…

Interview with Kevin Briggs, Former Patrolman on the Golden Gate Bridge

Interview with Kevin Briggs, Former Patrolman on the Golden Gate Bridge

The bridge has become infamous for it’s ties to suicide, and Kevin has become somewhat famous for his work in helping to prevent suicides. The interview is a very interesting look into his work then, and the work he continues to do now that he is no longer a patrolman. I’d encourage you to read…

Link – Youth basketball coach preyed on single-parent families to abuse, exploit children, prosecutors say

Link – Youth basketball coach preyed on single-parent families to abuse, exploit children, prosecutors say

This wasn’t a case of “stranger danger”. “He was so sinister that he also conducted a scheme that would allow him to gain access to children who were growing up in single-parent homes, to position himself as a person to be helpful to a single mom,” This was a case of grooming an entire family….

Link – Help children stay safe online during the summer hols: a guide for parents, grandparents and carers

Link – Help children stay safe online during the summer hols: a guide for parents, grandparents and carers

I’m a little late seeing this article from the IWF, but I was so, so happy to see what their number 1 thing to do was: 1. Talk about online safety with your children, as soon as they have access to internet connected devices. Don’t send them off into the online world without some education….