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International Overdose Awareness Day

Did you know that drug overdose rates are increasing sharply year after year and resulted in about 100,000 deaths in 2021 – compared with only 11,000 overdose deaths in 1999, according to the National Safety Council?  Opioids play a role in about 70 percent of these deaths. And it’s so important to understand that pills and other substances you might get off the streets – including marijuana – may be laced with [...]

August 17th, 2023|Addiction & Recovery|

“Pardon me, but it’s not supposed to be everlasting punishment!”

Release from custody and supervision should bring relief! After release, returning citizens regain their freedom, reunite with friends and family, and start working towards their life goals. However, what should be a small setback for “correction” becomes, for many, a long-lasting punishment. This is due to the secondary consequences of a criminal record.  The American Bar Association says criminal records nationwide can raise over 40,000 barriers for returning citizens. It may be [...]

August 1st, 2023|Awareness, Community, Support|

What’s the deal with self-care?

You’ve probably heard the term “self-care” tossed around, but you may have no real concept of what it is. If so, you are not alone. What self-care actually is – versus what society insinuates it should be – are two different things to many of us. Self-care can be defined as broadly as “care for oneself” (Merriam-Webster) or as specifically as “the practice of taking an active role in protecting one's own [...]

July 24th, 2023|Self-Help|

Barriers to Minority Mental Health and Microaggressions

The word “minority” might be confusing, and that is OK. Minority refers to people who are Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC). BIPOC people have a higher risk of having a mental illness. BIPOC people have historically and presently had to deal with stress and unfairness. Also, they very often have limited access to proper health care. This contributes to anxiety and depression. When BIPOC people want to get help, [...]

July 3rd, 2023|Racial Equity|

Juneteenth Crossroads: Music and Black Culture

Juneteenth is a significant holiday for Black Americans. It’s a time to celebrate freedom and reflect on the struggles and sacrifices of their ancestors. It is a powerful reminder of Black culture, history, and resilience in the face of adversity. Black communities come together to celebrate Juneteenth through various cultural activities, including community events, parades, and especially music, which has played a vital role in Black liberation throughout history. Enslaved Africans historically [...]

June 19th, 2023|Awareness, Community, Racial Equity|

Healthy Habits

June is Men’s Health Month. This year’s theme is “Healthy Habits.” Given the continuing decline in men’s life expectancy, there’s an urgent need for us to increase practicing healthy habits. Let’s consider some numbers. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows life expectancy in the United States is the lowest it has been for the past 25 years. Between 2019 and 2021, the drop was 3.1 years for men [...]

June 12th, 2023|Men's Health|
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