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Psychological First Aid Course


mental illness is not contagious. you can’t catch it by being kind.

Why I Self-Harm: Why People Self-Injure by Natasha Tracy (healthyplace.com)

self harm awareness.

An Open Letter to Sunnie Kahle (and Christian tomboys everywhere)

Emily C. Heath

Dear Sunnie,

You don’t know me, but this morning I read an article about you. (You can read it here: http://www.abc27.com/story/25061872/little-girl-taken-out-of-christian-school-after-told-shes-too-much-like-a-boy  ) Ever since then you keep crossing my mind. As I went around town today in my jeans and button-down shirt and sweater, I thought about you. As I came home from the gym tonight, I prayed for you. And all the while, I wished I could write you a letter…the kind of letter I wish someone had written to me.

This is me when I was a few years younger than you. This is me when I was a few years younger than you.

I don’t know how to get one to you, though. I thought about trying to send it to your grandparents for them to read to you, but I’m not sure if it would make it there. So instead I’m writing this and posting it on my blog. Maybe somehow these words will find their way to your…

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Grit your teeth and close your eyes

How very true



I often find myself having to deal with dangerous situations, be the calm one, get control over what is happening.  Calm people, empower them.  People often say they couldn’t do my job.

My response is, how do you know?

I have a vivid memory as a child, riding my bike, racing my friends.  We were approaching a junction and there were cars parked (probably illegally) on either side.  As we approached I made the decision to go on the pavement (definitely illegal) and try to overtake as my friends braked at the bottleneck of cars.  I thought I was being clever.

However,  being a child, giddy with excitement and concentrating so hard on winning the race that I failed to think about slowing down for the turn.  All my friends were now at a speed where they could make the turn at the junction, but I was now going full…

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Top 10: Apps

Anything that helps
Sounds good
If it works
Work it

On Counseling, In Discovery

The beautiful thing about smartphones is that they are on us….all the time. While there is a line that can be crossed of using them too much, many opportunities exist for integrating mental health into your smartphone routine. Here are my top 10 apps for mental health.

1. recoveryBox–  This app is a recovery tool box in your pocket. What I love about it is that you can use it to change any addictive behavior, including being lazy! It also helps you track the presence of triggers, and current emotional states that could be warning signs for relapse.

2. MindShift– Perfect for someone trying to manage anxiety. This app is perfect for someone who wants something that can be tailored to their coping skills.

3. One Day at a Time– Perfect for the committed twelve-stepper. This app has chapters from the big book, and will help you…

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