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Like most nights I went up to my bedroom to watch the 11:00 pm news to find that George Floyd had been murdered by overseers, you may call them officers, but I will not until there is change in this country. I sat in shock once again, devasted, deflated in tears. I didn’t realize my ten-year-old Sun had been also watching the news downstairs, and yes, I spell Son “Sun” because he is just that, my Sun. My Sun ran up to my room sobbing asking why this keeps happening! We cried together. I...

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George Floyd: You Did Not Die in Vain

These past two weeks have been extremely difficult for people who are Black or African American and those of us who love and honor our brothers and sisters of color.  The horrific murder of George Floyd exposed more than injustice. As one of our Black co-workers said, the history of racism, fear, injustice, and inequality creates trauma that continues to be revealed through the actions of many people every day. Another African American co-worker expressed anger at the violent protests and looting...

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Never Underestimate the Power of Friendship – Carol and Mary

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and every year the main goal is to fight stigma, provide support, and advocate for support of people with mental health challenges and their families. A brief history about Mental Health Awareness Month. It has been observed in May in the US since 1949. The main purpose has always been to raise awareness and educate the public about mental illnesses. Raising awareness nationally will help reduce the stigma that surrounds mental illness today. Compeer...

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When You’re Smiling . . .

I never imagined that the day would come when I’d be wearing a mask whenever I left my house, but here we are in the spring of 2020, and almost everyone is wearing a mask . . . with no end in sight. I don’t really mind wearing a mask. It makes me feel safer and I know it makes others feel safer. I may feel differently when the temperature goes up and the feel of my steamy breath against my skin makes the heat and humidity feel hotter and muggier, but for now, I’m doing okay. The one thing...

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Dear Ms. Corona

Dear Ms. Corona, You came into our lives in 2020 and changed all of our lives forever.  Life as we know it will never be the same.  You, Corona, a virus that has hit our nation by storm.  I am reminded of a scripture in the bible which states, “when the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him” (Isaiah 59:19).   Ms. Corona, you came in like a flood, but I’m serving you notice there’s a standard already lifted against you. ...

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So, That’s Your Sandwich?

I geared-up to leave the house; putting on my face mask and my green latex gloves—the main purpose of the gloves being to remind me not to touch my face.  I’d been out for a few groceries earlier, and now I was picking up my daughter to do a bigger grocery run. I was looking forward to spending time with her, even though all our talking would be through masks, and there’d be no hello and goodbye hugs; these are strange times, and I’m happy for what I can get. I made the short drive to...

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A Change of Perspective About Autism

This blog was written by guest author, Jennifer Halberstein. She is a Team Leader on the Voice and Vision, Inc. Independent Monitoring for Quality team. See her bio below. When a family member is diagnosed with Autism, so much information is thrown at you all at once.  Supports, services, IEPs, waivers, and therapies are just a few of the words that you will hear.  Doctors talk about deficits and limitations.  Schools talk about specialized settings and modified curriculum.  When...

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The Three M’s That Can Improve Your Health

This blog was written by guest author, Sheila Royce Garcia. See her bio below. During this time, when we have to stay home and isolate, there’s no doubt we feel lonely, stressed, and sometimes unhappy. Our everyday routine of going to work, the gym, or grabbing a cup of coffee with a friend has come to a screeching halt. When this “new” way of living happened for me, I got a little lazy with myself and became less healthy. When we aren’t taking care of ourselves, we can create negative energy that...

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Change of Focus

Just 3 months ago I wrote a story about how I was excited about what 2020 would bring. I had such a sense of expectancy that this year would bring great change . . . not just to my life, but to my family. And beyond. I didn’t know what that change would be; I just sensed that it would be big—and very good. What we are experiencing at this moment is not at all what I would have imagined, and “good” is not how anyone in their right mind would describe it. Clearly, we are in a historic...

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Compeer and CompeerCORPS: Adapting Programs to Meet People Where They Are—at HOME!

This blog was contributed by Olga Antonyuk, Compeer Program Director and Jonathan Bittner, CompeerCORPS Program Director In Delaware County, Compeer of Suburban Philadelphia serves people in the community with mental health challenges, and CompeerCORPS specifically focuses on the veteran community by making co-equal friendship matches for support, camaraderie, and quite simply, friendship. Both programs’ purpose and model thrive on human connection to combat isolation and loneliness. However,...

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