As a mental health professional and the former executive director of a healthy community initiative, I’ve long recognized the nexus between mental and physical well-being. It’s extremely difficult to have one without the other. I am absolutely not saying that depression, trauma or the loss of a loved one can magically be healed with a […]

I had the unique good fortune of being adopted and raised by maternal grandparents who got me as a baby when they were both in their early 50s. Despite their advanced age, they were awesome parents and my friends loved hanging out at our house all throughout my school years. In elementary school, my mom, who […]

Do you want to cry – or scream right about now? I sure do. Pittsburgh. Package bombs. Hate, blaming, mind games and hateful political ads 24/7. The news was already too much – and then, another mass shooting. In a place of worship. What has happened to our country? I’ve been around a lot of […]

Dana was just 19-years-old and a sophomore at the University of Florida, when she put a stack of albums on the record player, turned it up loud, drove her car into the family garage and asphyxiated herself. She was one of my best friends and we were home for Christmas break, when I arrived at […]

“STOP!!” I demanded, repeatedly as I wrestled a man much bigger than me. He would not stop… Has this ever happened to you? If you are female and live in the United States, chances are you’ve experienced something similar, or worse. Statistics show that: 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men experience some […]

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