Stories

I am a Gardener when I Speak To You

My mother is from Brooklyn and despite living in Rochester, NY for over 50 years, she has not lost her accent of origin. With the advent of new technology, we have […]

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My Name Means Something To Me

Dale Carnegie is quoted as saying a person’s name is to him or her [sic] the sweetest and most important sound in any language. This may very well be true. […]

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Mental Health Is Health

Spiritual teacher and author Eckhart Tolle said, “Awareness is the greatest agent for change.” Being aware includes information or knowledge and a level of understanding. Let’s start with information: Mental health includes […]

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May 2023 Blog Post

As we recognized Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Awareness Day at the end of April and move into Mental Health Awareness Month in May, I have been reflecting on children’s mental […]

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10 Lessons Learned on Essex County, NY’s Journey Toward a Trauma-Informed System of Care

The first time I attended an ACEs training for human service providers, I found the trainer to be brilliant and the research fascinating. The trauma-informed practices were so promising, yet […]

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ACEs Awareness Day - Why It Matters Every Day

“Childhood trauma can lead to an adulthood spent in survival mode, afraid to plant roots, to plan for the future, to trust, and to let joy in. It’s a blessing […]

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How Nice is Too Nice?

If you ask the average person to explain the fight, flight, freeze response, most will know that this is the body’s automatic response to a threat or stressful situation. Many […]

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Connecting Beyond the Camera: Creating Community in a Virtual Landscape

It is January 2023, nearly three years since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic that altered business as usual in our professional worlds. There was an abrupt shift in operations […]

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Let them Create: What I Have Found Through Creative Expression

Oftentimes, it may be difficult for thoughts and emotions to be identified, fully understood, and communicated. It can be a very vulnerable and nerve-wracking experience to share about and show […]

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Mental Health Community Partners - Wellness in Partnership with Others

I have worked as a practicing clinician in substance abuse treatment fields for the last 8 years and have witnessed the vast struggles in the behavioral health systems of care. […]

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