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Category Archives: Mental Wellness

Intentional Acts of Kindness Posted on May 23

Intentional Acts of Kindness

 Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." – PlatoWe all have bad days from time to time. There's the burnt toast situation, the coffee spill on   …Continue Reading Intentional Acts of Kindness

¿Problemas al dormir? Ocho consejos para dormir mejor Posted on May 10

¿Problemas al dormir? Ocho consejos para dormir mejor

Posted by Omar Cabrera, Community Health Education Manager at DPH. ¿Necesita dormir más? Así como el comer y respirar, el sueño es una función necesaria que a veces tomamos por desapercibido. Al igual que responde al comer y respirar, nuestro cuerpo nos dice cuando no dormimos lo   …Continue Reading ¿Problemas al dormir? Ocho consejos para dormir mejor

Let the Sun Shine in! Posted on May 1

Let the Sun Shine in!

 Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Imagine the feeling of the sun shining on your face, showering you with warmth and life. Feel good? The sun awakens the senses and breathes life into our   …Continue Reading Let the Sun Shine in!

Read All About It: Books Are Good For Your Health! Posted on Apr 9

Read All About It: Books Are Good For Your Health!

 Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health There’s something special about holding a real, paper and ink book in my hands. I love the feel and smell of the pages, and the fact that there's no blinding glare   …Continue Reading Read All About It: Books Are Good For Your Health!

Soak up the Music to Nourish Your Mind, Body, & Soul Posted on Mar 13

Soak up the Music to Nourish Your Mind, Body, & Soul

   Guest Post by Kevin Myers, MSPH, Suicide Prevention Program at DPH Massachusetts native physician and poet Oliver Wendell Holmes once recommended, “Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons. You will find it is to the soul what a water   …Continue Reading Soak up the Music to Nourish Your Mind, Body, & Soul

Happy Love Your Pet Day! Honor Your Furry Friend Who Keeps You Happy Posted on Feb 21

Happy Love Your Pet Day! Honor Your Furry Friend Who Keeps You Happy

 Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health “There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” ~Author Ben Williams Today is Love Your Pet Day, and we sure do love our   …Continue Reading Happy Love Your Pet Day! Honor Your Furry Friend Who Keeps You Happy

Using Wait Time to Balance, Focus and Energize Posted on Jan 29

Using Wait Time to Balance, Focus and Energize

 Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health We spend much of our time waiting – waiting for the train, sitting in traffic, waiting to be called at the doctor’s office, waiting for a phone call.   …Continue Reading Using Wait Time to Balance, Focus and Energize

It Takes a Village: Addressing Trauma & Resiliency in Multicultural Communities Posted on Jan 9

It Takes a Village: Addressing Trauma & Resiliency in Multicultural Communities

 Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health On December 6th, 2012, in Lowell, MA, over 200 people gathered to learn, discuss and share ideas at the conference, “It Takes a Village: Trauma-Informed Responses to Suicide in Multicultural Communities.”   …Continue Reading It Takes a Village: Addressing Trauma & Resiliency in Multicultural Communities

The Self-Care – Community Care Connection Posted on Dec 18

The Self-Care – Community Care Connection

 Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health “If we are going to survive, we must build communities of caring and connection.”- Cecile Andrews Self-care – the act of valuing and maintaining our emotional and physical health – is   …Continue Reading The Self-Care – Community Care Connection

Tunefoolery: Providing Hope, Healing, & Inspiration Through Music Posted on Nov 28

Tunefoolery: Providing Hope, Healing, & Inspiration Through Music

 Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health “Recovery from life's pain and celebrating its joy is an individual process. As a member of Tunefoolery, I get to share music – which unites us – with people who span   …Continue Reading Tunefoolery: Providing Hope, Healing, & Inspiration Through Music