The holidays are here! It’s my favorite time of the year. The smells from the kitchen, the lights, the decorations, family all together laughing and having fun, and traditions passed down from generation to generation. Everyone I run into seems a little more joyful and kind. However, the holidays aren’t so joyful for everyone. In… Continue reading The Six Fix for Holiday Blues
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in our nation, the 9th leading cause of death in the State of Florida. Suicide not only rocks a family, but entire schools, work places and the community. The word “suicide” evokes uncomfortable feelings and it’s not a desired conversation over a business lunch, meeting, or the… Continue reading No Boundaries – Suicide Prevention Day
(This guest blog post was reprinted, by permission of the author, Pamela S. Erickson. Ms. Erickson is a leader in the field of alcohol regulation, policy and education. Visit her website: http://www.healthyalcoholmarket.com ) There has been great news on the underage drinking front.Young people are not so interested in getting drunk. In both the US… Continue reading Advocating for safe socializing
So you woke up today, and everything was the same, and that's where the problem is. Everyone's rushing around to get ready for work and school and either you barely speak to each other or everything said is said with a "tone". You know, that tone that sounds annoyed or angry, yet there is no… Continue reading Strengthening Families
In the field of substance abuse, we talk about prevention frequently. What does prevention truly mean? Educating the public? Yes. By educating the public, do we bring awareness to the community? Absolutely! That education may lead some of us to have an “Aha! moment.” But what do we know about substance abuse prevention? We can… Continue reading Prevention is for all of us
Spring is here! Time to get rid of all those unwanted items. As you do your spring cleaning, don’t forget the medicine cabinet! Did you know that "flushed" medicines can get into our watershed and even our harbor and gulf? This can harm our local estuary, wildlife - and even our own drinking water. So, what… Continue reading Spring Cleaning Time!