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September: Recovery Month

As many of you may not know, every September, SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and decrease stigma surrounding mental and substance use disorders. One of my favorite aspects of this month is the celebration of Recovery Warriors and the remembrance of those who were lost in battle. This year's theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Together …

The Season of Transformation

Autumn is a time of transition and transformation. To celebrate this shift Love & Lynn partnered up with certified yoga instructor Jules to bring you all Yoga In The Park. In this all-levels, Kripalu class, we flowed mindfully through an exploration into the art of self compassion via breath and movement. As this time of …

The Manifestation of Stigma When Discussing Mental Health

Believe it or not, you may be the reason someone is not seeking the help they very much need. Yup, I said it. And I need to say it again. You may be the reason someone is not seeking the help they very much need.This month (September) is National Suicide Prevention Month and the goal …

4 Things I learned in my early 20’s

1. Gaining More Tools In My Toolbox My temperament and attitude were things I thought were inherent and innate. I was confident that the personality traits I developed as an adolescent were the ones that would carry me throughout my life course. Boy was I wrong! As I am evolving into a focused, goal oriented, …

Wellness Wonder Playlist

Some days I'll wake up with the biggest smile on my face and I am prepared to take on the world, while other times I wake up feeling defeated and beat. No matter the mood I am in my music is playing and helping direct and guide my emotions. My goal for listening to music is …

Therapy? How Does It Work Anyway…

Therapy, something I've participated in since early adolescents. Over the course of my short life, I've had relationships with mentors, teachers, friends, coaches, etc. However, there is a unique dynamic when it comes to a relationship with a therapist. Why? I'm not sure, but all I know is that it works for me and I am here to …

Youth Mental Health First Aid Bill

Senator Jesse Hamilton services the 20th District in Brooklyn (Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Gowanus, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, South Slope, and Sunset Park.) and in January 2016 I was invited to the Albany Press Conference which launched his Mental Health First Aid Bill. This Bill will provide teachers in the Department …

Question Of The Week

Question: What two personal accomplishments fill you with the greatest sense of pride? Answer: 1. Graduating College- The moment I finished walking across the stage I suddenly became overwhelmed with emotion. " I really did it" was the only thing I could think as tears slid down my cheeks. I began to have flashbacks of …