Articles containing: violence

Another Shooting – Another Opportunity To Comfort And Talk With Our Kids

January 23, 2018

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In 2017, there were 345 mass shootings in the United States, an average of nearly one a day, resulting in 437 deaths and 1,798 injuries.

Who wouldn’t be shocked and terrified by this statistic? Anyone reading that would come to the alarming conclusion that our country is not a very safe place.

And today is no exception.

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Why Are We Denying Purple Hearts To Veterans With PTSD?

November 10, 2017

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I have seen Arthur Segaloff* for psychiatric care for over 20 years. He suffers from severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following his two tours of duty in Vietnam.

Arthur attended the University of Massachusetts, and graduated in 1969.

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Beyond Sexual Assault

October 16, 2017

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Ali was brave and giving enough to share her story with us in 2015 about the lasting effects of sexual assault on a person’s mental health, long after the experience itself. It is important these stories not be lost, and so we share it again, today.

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We’re All Connected: What To Think About On World Mental Health Day

October 10, 2017

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Today is World Mental Health Day.

I often find these kinds of distinctions a bit troublesome.

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A Discussion Triggered By Trigger Warnings

September 15, 2016

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There’s this scene in David Cronenberg’s movie The Fly that is pretty hard to watch. Actually, there are a lot of scenes in that movie that are hard to watch. That’s kind of the point of the movie, which is also the point of this blog, but first—let’s describe the scene in question.

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What If My Child Talks Back?

June 28, 2016

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“He’s just too fresh.”

That’s a phrase you hear often if you work with kids in Boston. Since I didn’t grow up here (I still include the “r” in “car” for example), I didn’t understand at first that this is a Northeast phrase. Essentially, being “fresh” is the same as:

Giving too much lip.

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Helping Your Kids Following The Orlando Tragedy

June 14, 2016

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Our hearts go out to the families of those who lost their lives and were injured in the recent terrorist act in Orlando—an event that is being called the most extensive mass shooting in this country’s history.

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When You Have An Explosive Child

April 26, 2016

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This blog post is part of a series entitled Real Lives, Real Stories: Personal Experiences With Mental Illness.

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Muslim Children: Addressing Prejudice And Xenophobia

April 12, 2016

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If you turn on the news these days, it’s a flood of Donald ‘Trumpisms’: Trump said this, Trump said that…

As an adult Muslim, I find it disconcerting, and at times, downright frightening, to hear xenophobic statements about keeping Muslims out of the country.

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Helping Your Kids Following Yet Another Terrorist Attack

March 22, 2016

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In light of today’s attack in Brussels, Belgium, we are re-posting this blog we wrote last November (just five months ago) in response to the tragedy that befell Paris. Our hearts go out to the families of those who lost their lives in this most recent nonsensical act of violence.

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