FI overdose awareness day 2014

Overdose Awareness Day 2014

According to their event website, “International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose”.  Is it weird for …

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Reconnecting With Your Passions: Getting over the Meh’s

Have you ever fallen in love with a thing? Not a person or a place, but a thing? Well maybe not a thing but an activity; otherwise known as a hobby, outlet, creative endeavor, or passion? I hope everyone knows the joy of falling in love with a thing at least once in life. Passions …

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In Memory Robin Williams: How to Talk With Kids About Suicide

photocredit: Bago Games via flikr creative commons Until earlier this week I couldn’t imagine that a celebrity death could hit me as hard as the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman did earlier this year.  And then Robin Williams died.  When I heard (i.e. read on Twitter), I had that feeling that it must have been …

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Grief and Exercise: a guide for those who prefer the couch

As a mental health professional one is often in the tragic position of knowing exactly what one should do to take care of oneself, yet failing to actually do any of those things (and of course then feeling really guilty about it afterwards).    There have been many moments during my professional career that I have thought, …

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Continuing Bonds: A Grief Journal Exercise

So, the plan was to post on forgiveness yesterday but, no surprise, forgiveness is a super complicated topic and I got sucked into a black hole of thinking, researching, and writing waaaay too much.  By last night the post was around 3200 words, after I had cut out at least 1,000 words.  In case you aren’t …


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