Sharing – National Well-Being Before and During the Pandemic

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When I compare my personal experience to the overall statistics, again I can see where it is also kind of all over the place, because it’s individual. In some ways, I’m doing pretty well, in others, not so much. None of us are exactly the same, or living with the same circumstances. So as global as this pandemic is, the effects have been incredibly diverse. That person you are working with on a Zoom call, the medical professional, the person taking your to-go order, that teacher your kid is learning from, or even those kids and their parents are all dealing with any multitude of impacts that we know nothing about, and probably never will. The one thing we do know, is that they are being impacted. 

We would do well, as a society to take advantage of this very obvious opportunity to learn that we are all impacted in different way by events, and to take the time to listen to how someone who isn’t like us, is impacted. This is a great time to understand the large scale of the world and all of the different experiences within it. Maybe we could at least settle for understanding that our own individual situations, are not representative of everyone. Not even close, in fact. … Read More

Shared Links (weekly) Oct. 18, 2020

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When mental health emergencies end in fatal police encounters

How You Can Use Mindfulness to Guide Neuroplasticity to Improve Brain and Mental Health

How to Help a Suicidal Friend

Crisis Services & People of Color — We Can Do Better: Interview with Vic Armstrong

These apps make mental health easier for people in the margins

What We Know About LGBTQ Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Why hope is essential, not a luxury

Budget-Friendly Ways To Get Support For Your Mental Health… Read More

Sharing – QAnon’s Obsession With SaveTheChildren Is Making It Harder To Save Kids From Traffickers

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This is the reality, and why the lies are not harmless.

“In reality, child trafficking in the U.S. doesn’t look like a bunch of Hollywood and D.C. elites performing satanic rituals on children they stole from suburban playgrounds. Instead, kids who are sexually exploited are often poor, children of color, immigrants, or some combination of the three, and they’ve often been in the child welfare system or run away from home. In 2018, 1 in 7 kids who were reported as runaways to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were likely victims of child sex trafficking, according to UNICEF.… Read More

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