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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

Volunteering: Good for the Community and the Soul Posted on Nov 8

Volunteering: Good for the Community and the Soul

 Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Have you ever experienced that “helper’s high” after helping someone out or doing a good deed? You know, that feeling similar to a great workout or a long hug? I sure   …Continue Reading Volunteering: Good for the Community and the Soul

Five Mood-Boosting Foods Posted on Oct 17

Five Mood-Boosting Foods

 Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Do you notice how certain foods affect your mood? What we eat has a profound effect on our bodies, both physically and mentally. I always feel like I have a better   …Continue Reading Five Mood-Boosting Foods

An Attitude of Gratitude Goes a Long Way Posted on Sep 26

An Attitude of Gratitude Goes a Long Way

 Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. We don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving to be thankful and appreciative of the good things in our lives. It fact, it turns out that the more often we express gratitude,   …Continue Reading An Attitude of Gratitude Goes a Long Way

Take a Deep Breath…and Relax Posted on Aug 22

Take a Deep Breath…and Relax

  Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Breathing. It’s something we do naturally, yet most of us may not know that we’re not breathing fully. When we’re born, we breathe with our bellies, also called diaphragmatic or   …Continue Reading Take a Deep Breath…and Relax

Comfort Zone Camp Helps Kids Grieve, Heal and Grow Posted on Aug 1

Comfort Zone Camp Helps Kids Grieve, Heal and Grow

   Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.   For over 13 years, Comfort Zone Camp has helped thousands of young people grieve, heal and grow. Comfort Zone Camp (CZC) is a nonprofit bereavement camp that transforms the   …Continue Reading Comfort Zone Camp Helps Kids Grieve, Heal and Grow

Trouble in the Sleep Department? 8 Tips for Better Sleep Posted on Jul 11

Trouble in the Sleep Department? 8 Tips for Better Sleep

 Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH. Need to catch more zzz’s? Just like eating and breathing, sleep is a necessary function that we may take for granted. And just like responses to eating and breathing, our body tells us when we don’t get enough sleep   …Continue Reading Trouble in the Sleep Department? 8 Tips for Better Sleep

Greens Beat the Blues Posted on Jun 18

Greens Beat the Blues

 Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Do you ever notice how your energy feels different when you're surrounded by nature versus concrete, or an office with no plant life? Plants are alive and literally breathe life into   …Continue Reading Greens Beat the Blues

Gooooo, team! Posted on May 3

Gooooo, team!

 Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Growing up, I was always running around. Sitting still was never my forte (and it still isn’t). I found a productive way to channel my energy into sports, playing basketball, softball   …Continue Reading Gooooo, team!

Baking the Stress Away Posted on Apr 6

Baking the Stress Away

 Posted by Alison T. Brill, MPH, Community Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.                                                                                                                                                  Mmm…who doesn't love the smell of fresh-baked banana bread? Comforting aromas soothe us and evoke feelings of warmth and joy. When I was growing up, my mom baked often and I   …Continue Reading Baking the Stress Away