From addiction to ￼ mental Health.
From addiction to ￼ mental Health.
Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression Affirming Approach and Expansive Practice, by Kiku Johnson.
This was shared at the Contra Costa County Suicide Prevention Committee, training led by the one and only Kiku Johnson, Executive Director of Rainbow Community Center.
A 9th grader (14) said, “I didn’t know how I felt until I put it out there and talked about it.”
Social Emotional Learning. Ability to identify and express feelings is key to mental health.
Oh yeah ⭐️
A good sign.
San Leandro, CA
Check out this interview with Gabor Maté, MD, Canadian Doctor and Addiction Specialist.
I recently helped a father to get sober after years of addiction to opioids and alcohol. He said “it feels SO GOOD to get honest…. um, kinda sorted, well mostly honest, well okay there is some stuff I left out because I’m too ashamed to talk about it.” We all need someone on our side, especially if we need to get honest with ourselves before we get honest with others.
It’s bad ass when clients see articles like this in my waiting room, or online, then come in to therapy appointments ready to face their pain, learn, and change patterns of thinking and behaving.
You might have heard that we “can’t save our ass and save our face at the same time,” (thank you NA), but that sure the hell doesn’t stop brilliant addict brains 🧠 from trying.
We learn the most from the people we serve. Mostly from teenagers, I’ve that we can’t criticize ourselves into positive and lasting change. We can’t criticize ourselves out of criticizing ourselves. The trap of negativity creates the illusion of growth and change.
When I was a younger therapist, I would say things like, “Don’t beat yourself up…give yourself a break….”. Now that I’m a little more um seasoned, I say things like, “You can go ahead and beat yourself up, I can’t stop you, just not all day.”’
In therapy (along with concurrent programs like AA and NA), many clients reduce the negative thinking that comes with addiction by 50% and then, when the time is right, we walk through that fire 🔥 together.
It’s possible. You’re not alone.
🧠 Expert musicologist and friend Michael Emeneu (Montreal, Canada) breaks down the benefits of learning music by ear. Click link above to see concise article on Medium.
Mindfulness, in-the-moment awareness, and being “present,” goes hand-in-hand with being authentic, mental health and wellness. See link to article in Flipboard magazine SEL.
If you’re struggling in any way, whoever you chose to reach out to is a lucky person. You help them by allowing them to help you, and you’re tacitly saying, “I trust you.”
Recommended Podcast: Dan Harris interviews Jocelyn K Glei on ABC’s Ten Percent Happier. I came across this in 2019, and listened to it again with my teenage son on January 2, 2020.
I think you’ll like the useful tips for busy professionals. I borrow ideas and tailor some of the advice (giving credit of course) that I learned in this podcast. It’s been especially useful for teachers, educators, social workers, and mental health providers.
Here it is on Spotify:
Here it is on Apple Podcasts:
– Make haste slowly (hurry slowly).
– Good advice on wellness and setting limits amid landslide of email, text, iMessages and advances in technology.
– Productivity vs being busy.
– Align your actions with your values and beliefs
– Stand up for equity. There is no “neutral position.”
– Pursue wellness.
– Define who you are vs. who you are not.
– Oh yeah.
1. Have a resolution, intention or goal for the year.
2. Paint in one eye.
3. Place the Daruma somewhere special in your home or office.
4. When your dream is achieved, paint in the other eye.
5. At the end of the year, reflect on your goals with compassion for yourself and others.
6. Achieved or not, bring the Daruma to the fire on New Year’s Eve.
7. Join with others in your community as Daruma burn together in the fire.
8. Support others to achieve their goals, and ask for support to achieve yours.
It furthers one to have destinations in mind. Establish new dreams and goals each year. Some dreams you share with others, some you may decide to keep for yourself, sharing only after you have accomplished your goals.
When I lived in Japan 🇯🇵 I had the good fortune to join a new year’s celebration in Fujinomiya, at the foot of Mt. Fuji. It was there that I learned about Daruma.
Ah’nesty is age 5. Size 6-7 in clothes, Size 11 in shoes. Ta’noa is age 3. Size 5t in clothes and size 10 in shoes. Their wish list is clothes, sneakers, teddy bears, warm 🧥 coats, blankets, toys of your choice. “We are just appreciative of anything we receive😊. “ Shared w/ permission from mother, Nakía. “Ya gotta risk it to get the biscuit and you give me HOPE.” Nakía is women sizeL. #giveback
Paypal Directly to Mother: Click here to donate:
Srry, not a nonprofit so no receipt for tax purposes. This is just a family we know who has been homeless (they slept in a car), they now have stable housing (whew). Former foster youth with “invisible disabilities.”
PayPal email: firstname.lastname@example.org
#HOPE Help donation as the holiday season approaches. Every little bit helps.
Check out this Future Icon poster spotted at Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE)
Check out this future icon poster spotted at the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE).
My son and I listened to this podcast on the way to a high school party in Berkeley, CA. (I didn’t go to the party, I just dropped him off).
Making $ 💵 Millions losing and making again.
Stand up comedy.
Check it out.