We thank them publicly and declare holidays in their honor, yet we refuse to try to understand their needs and, therefore, perpetuate a never-ending cycle of fear and stigma. We express our gratitude from a distance, leaving them feeling as broken as we believe them to be.
At 36 I walked into a police station and reported a crime that happened nearly three decades ago. In doing so, I gave voice to the voiceless child who endured years of sexual abuse by her swim coach.
Building a new hospital in Long Beach -- as FEMA intended when it allocated $154 million for that purpose -- will lead the country as a venue for new modalities of care for survivors of catastrophes.
The natural ability of a horse to accept, without judgment, anyone, including a soldier who had seen or done horrific things and, by so doing, express compassion and benevolent acknowledgement was another extraordinary gift that horses were capable of giving to humans.
Names on the wall...
If you or someone you know have experienced a death, please take the time you need to process your grief. To all those who have served our country or who are remembering a Veteran, may Memorial Day bring some measure of peace and calm to your heart.
Why are victims so often not believed? A large amount of this disbelief may be linked to the behavioral patterns of victims themselves. To understand these patterns, it is helpful to look at how the brain and body respond to stress and trauma, such as that experienced during sexual violence.
One of my first experiences in witnessing the amazing dynamic that is possible in the interaction between horses and humans occurred at a maximum-security prison in Florence Colorado. It was here that I was introduced to The Wild Horse Inmate Program or WHIP.
It was bitter cold at Arlington National Cemetery on February 18, 2009, as mourners gathered in the warmth of a waiting room in the administration building before walking out into wet snow to join the funeral procession.
PTSD is commonly thought of as something that affects soldiers once they return home from war. The public all too often only sees stories in the media of military veterans returning from overseas and the vast majority of these stories and images feature male soldiers, but women experience PTSD just as often.
If it happened to a friend, a third cousin twice removed, a parent, an ex-best friend, a stranger, it doesn't matter. The way you feels matters. It doesn't matter why you feel the way you do; all that matters is what you feel. It is legitimate.
On July 10, 2011, Joan T. Daniels, Esq. posted the following comment on the listserv for the members of the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles Coun...
Ginger.io provides a way to get ahead of issues before they escalate, and it can alert your doctor to things you might forget to mention or think are irrelevant.
The public health crisis continues into the lives of police officers as well. My realization was surprising. I had not perceived officers as victims in the traditional sense, but there are vulnerabilities that need to be addressed to improve policing.
When the death of a loved one is suicide, or any facet of mental illness is involved, there's a stage in the grieving process psychologists don't list: stigma. Survivors bear the stigma of survival. Even as friends gather to sympathize, you sense an unspoken undertone: Surely you knew something.
Witnessing these four young mental health advocates share the highs and lows of their healing journeys, it was clear to all present that telling one's story openly and honestly is a sign of strength -- not weakness and shame.