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ACEs Champion Spotlight: Kings County – The Power of Community to Prevent Toxic Stress

July 14, 2021 | Mental Health Treatment | Comments
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Rachel Huggins

Communications Manager, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Located in the Central Valley of California, Kings County ACEs Network of Care is spearheading efforts to advance trauma prevention through a community-oriented lens.

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Answering the Call: The Benefits of Teletherapy for Teens and Young Adults

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Melissa Boudin, PsyD

Clinical Director, Choosing Therapy

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the emotional impact that traumatic events have on the lives of countless children and their families. What can be done to mitigate these adverse effects? How can we create a path forward?

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Lasting LGBTQ+ Change Requires Attention All Year

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Chuck Ingoglia

President and CEO, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Pride Month has gained momentum this year as more people and organizations express their support for LGBTQ+ people.

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Building Blocks for Success

June 29, 2021 | Mental Health Treatment | Comments
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Deanna Roepke

Vice President & General Manager, Mental Health First Aid

Deanna Roepke, Vice President and General Manager for Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) USA, discusses the goal to make MHFA a household name, as recognizable and relied upon as physical First Aid or CPR.

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LGBTQ+ Support: Health and Healing in San Francisco

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Brett Beckerson

Director of Public Policy & Advocacy at the National Council for Mental Wellbeing

We sat down with Vitka Eisen, HealthRIGHT 360’s president and CEO and a member of our board of directors, to discuss their commitment to advance mental health and substance use care for LGBTQ+ persons and others.

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The Intersection of Criminal Justice, Race and Addiction: The Case of Harold Easter

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Aaron Williams

Senior Director, Practice Improvement & Consulting

Lost in the shuffle of the global pandemic, George Floyd’s murder and the fight for social justice is the case of Harold Easter, a 41-year-old Black man in North Carolina.

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Leading Through Crisis: Cultivating Morally and Psychologically Safe Environments

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Elizabeth Guroff, MA, LCMFT

Director, Trauma-informed Services, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

While physical safety is a vital component of establishing a safe and secure environment, Sandra L. Bloom, M.D., reminds us that safety must also include “psychological, social and moral safety.”

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The Impact of Abuse on Children

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Lauren A. Wills, MPH

Project Coordinator, Practice Improvement & Consulting

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month when the United States recognizes the importance of strengthening families to prevent child abuse and neglect. For decades, these acts of cruelty inflicted on children have been labeled as “very serious,” yet the rates of abuse continue to rise.

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Key Ingredients in Response to the Pandemic: Peer Support Values

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Martha Barbone

Certified Peer Specialist (CPS)

Martha Barbone, a peer specialist from Massachusetts, writes about the importance of person-centered support and shared lived experience during a pandemic.

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The Pandemic Illustrates How Important it is to Understand and Address ACEs

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Joe Parks, MD

Medical Director, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

One year into the ACEs Aware grant, a state-led initiative under California Surgeon General Nadine Burke Harris, MD, we know more than ever about the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress on young people.

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