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Managing Trauma Triggers During the Holiday Season

The holidays can be very stressful for people coping with traumatic experiences. Some people with a history of traumatic experiences may feel overwhelmed and dysregulated when confronted with intense emotions around the holiday time. Others may feel numb and have a hard time feeling connected. Fortunately, we can take steps to cope with trauma. When we make connections between experiences and memories that create traumatic responses, we can better recognize and prepare [...]

December 18th, 2023|Holidays|

How Social Media Trends Can Lead to Self-Criticism

How Social Media Trends Can Lead to Self-Criticism  Social media has made connection easier. However, it also has had negative impacts on users’ mental and physical health.  I was a teenager when Facebook came out. I saw the beginning of overconnectivity. In middle school, my friends and I made accounts. We only posted our best pictures. We wrote our diary-like statuses. We gave our opinions. The likes we got were validating, innocently. [...]

December 15th, 2023|Family & Youth|

How I Survived Social Media

How I Survived Social Media   My experience with social media started at age 10 with the app Musically. I danced every day, and I dreamed of being a dancer. When I heard about the app Musical.ly, I immediately downloaded it. Musical.ly helped shape my identity! Dance was a goal I wanted to achieve. It boosted my confidence and gave me pride. It also helped me cope with anxiety. After a couple of [...]

December 15th, 2023|Family & Youth|

Navigating Relationships During the Holiday Season

The holiday season can be a time of great joy and gratitude. Movies, commercials, pictures in social media, all give the impression that every family (except our own) is perfect.  For many, however, the holidays can be very stressful. Many families experience difficult situations including estranged relationships, personal disappointments, loss, and grief. These difficulties hurt in a very real way. Here are some tips to help prepare for this time and experience [...]

December 4th, 2023|Family & Youth|

Losing Jack

Two years ago, I managed volunteer guides at a local museum. A college student named Jack collided with the museum like a meteor on a chilly fall day, took a tour, and decided to become a tour guide himself. All who knew him sensed Jack was living life at high speed.    Jack soon became a favorite at the museum. He was funny and insightful, and we became friends. One day, Jack sheepishly [...]

November 17th, 2023|Lived Experience, Suicide Prevention|

Homeless, Hungry, and Hopeless

As a child, my family moved around a lot. Because of that, my thinking was not always consistent or stable. The memories of my childhood lists many addresses: By the time I was 10 years old, we had just moved to 46th and Market in a basement apartment. Prior to that, we lived with my great aunt in South Philly. Before that, we lived in the Southwark Projects, at 15th Christian [...]

November 13th, 2023|Community, Lived Experience|
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