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Finding Your Confident Voice

As 2018 approaches and you begin thinking about your New Year’s Resolutions, remember to include goals surrounding your mental and emotional health.  One way to do this is to improve your communication skills.  In our daily interactions with others, particularly those with whom we spend a lot...

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Suicide Awareness and Prevention

“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on” – Abraham Lincoln September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month We would like to take this time to bring forth awareness and resources of the 10th leading cause of death  Suicide is the intentional act of taking o...

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What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger: Dealing with stress in the family as a family

Strong families are beneficial to not only themselves but to the communities in which they reside; they are the building blocks of society. Unfortunately, even the strongest family can be shaken by stress.  However, the stress itself is not so much the problem but how it is dealt with. The mi...

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Who You Gonna Call…When You Are a First Reponder?

Not too long ago, my kids were watching the Angry Birds movie, for what seemed to be the millionth time in the week, when I heard my husband ask them to stop singing along to one of the songs. The song was Sound of da Police by KRS-One. After learning that this song portrays a […]

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Self-care for caregivers: A personal perspective

  I am the mother of three, including a set of twins, one of which has sickle cell.  I am the part-time caretaker of a parent with dementia.  I am intimately familiar with being a caregiver. In honor of September’s sickle cell awareness month, and in honor of all the caregivers out here ...

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Neither Terminal, Nor Cured: A Short Memoir of A Cancer Survivor

In Spring of 2013, I met Anthony, a 63 year old t-shirt printing company owner on Chicago’s north side.  At that time, I was a Bereavement Coordinator with a local hospice and wanted to purchase custom pin back buttons that said, “please ask us about our loss and grief groups.”  We went o...

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Children’s Mental Health Matters

Dancing through daffodils Smiling at the frog as it leaps to freedom Upturned face capturing the sweet breeze  Swing set waiting in anticipation for little legs to set it flying Sprinklers chase them through the grass  As peals of laughter waft up to the listening ears of perched birds Sun shin...

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A Shift in How We Think About and Work with Our Teenagers

During a recent trip home to Miami, I ran into a childhood friend in the grocery store that I hadn’t seen since high school. We shared a sweet moment as we caught up and talked about the highlights of our lives over the last 25 years. We covered the usual banter – mutual friends, places [&hel...

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Bringing Joy to the World, Specifically Our Neighbors; Be a Light…

The Holidays. They can be as stressful as they are joyous, as lonely as they are uplifting. As we get caught up in Christmas carols and the twinkling of tinsel, as we gather around tables to feast and give thanks for our many blessings it brings opportunity to be a blessing. We may not know [&hel...

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If It Can Happen In Camelot, It Can Happen Here: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, October 15th 2015

The stories of President Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy captivated Americans for generations. The famous young pair, from wealthy, prominent families, with rock star good looks, was recorded by Life Magazine smiling on a sailboat off Cape Cod before they were married. On their wedding day, September ...

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