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Take a Hike, and Regain Your Balance Posted on Jul 31

Take a Hike, and Regain Your Balance

Do you ever notice how your energy changes when you’re surrounded by nature? We’re meant to be outdoors. So when life’s daily stressors – be it people, work, hectic city living, or any number of other things – deplete our energy, we should head outside.   …Continue Reading Take a Hike, and Regain Your Balance

It Takes a Village: Second Conference in Series Builds Support for New Bostonians Posted on Jul 9

It Takes a Village: Second Conference in Series Builds Support for New Bostonians

 “The world breaks everyone and afterwards, many are strong at the broken places.”  ~ Ernest Hemingway How do culture, values, and beliefs influence our responses to mental health and suicidality? How do people heal from traumatic events? How can we promote resiliency among immigrants and   …Continue Reading It Takes a Village: Second Conference in Series Builds Support for New Bostonians

Singing is Music to Your Ears, and Soul! Posted on Jun 18

Singing is Music to Your Ears, and Soul!

You don’t need to be a professional singer, or even have a good voice, to reap the benefits of singing. This isn’t American Idol – this is life – and we have to find what makes us feel good! I sing whenever and wherever I   …Continue Reading Singing is Music to Your Ears, and Soul!

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