Blog

Category: Talking About It

Suicide: Rural America is at Extreme Risk

September is National Suicide Prevention month; therefore, much is being written and talked about regarding this topic. Yet, rarely do we hear about the geographic demographics of this growing problem, namely how shockingly prevalent it is in rural areas. Although populations are low, Montana, Alaska and Wyoming lead the country in suicide deaths. Last May, … Read More

Suicide Prevention: Does the End Always Justify the Means?

The world lost two extraordinary people last week. One a revolutionary fashion designer, the other a talented chef and beloved television personality. In both cases, media outlets exploded with sad and shocked commentary due to the cause of the premature deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain: suicide. And then came the commensurate outpouring of … Read More

The Devastating Consequences of Secret-Keeping

An article appeared in the New York Times this month titled, “Alone with My Husband’s Secret.” The secret was his depression. In a first-hand account, the writer shared the negative impact this confidence had on him, and ultimately, her. There are few absolutes in this world, but one of them is that secrets are simply not healthy. … Read More

The Importance of Past Generations in Today’s Trauma Work

A recent study in JAMA Psychiatry, a monthly peer-reviewed medical journal published by the American Medical Association, concluded that the daughters of women exposed to childhood trauma are at increased risk for serious psychiatric disorders. Researchers studied 46,877 Finnish children who were evacuated to Sweden during World War II between 1940 and 1944. They then tracked … Read More

Sexual Assault and the Power of Speaking the Truth

  It seems as if every day another sexual abuse story explodes in the media. Although politics and entertainment often figure prominently in the headlines, as recently as this past week another scandal came to light directly linked to the US Olympics. Evidently, young female gymnasts were routinely experiencing sexual assault from the team doctor. … Read More