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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

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