Tag: Mental Health

Paris: Hearing Voices Conference

Thirty years ago, I minored in French as an undergraduate at Temple University. I have been dreaming of visiting France for decades. I decided to pursue an opportunity to lead a workshop at the 2023 World Hearing Voices Congress in Paris. However, I did not know how to fund this endeavor. About the same time my workshop proposal was accepted, a local organization awarded me a scholarship so I could go to Paris in October 2023. The blessing of being able to give a presentation on an...

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The Power of Gratitude in Your Life

November is National Gratitude Month. What is the meaning of Thanksgiving, gratitude, or giving thanks in your life? What does it look like for us today? The simple act of giving thanks can easily be overlooked in a world often bustling with the pursuit of progress and success. However, expressing gratitude is a powerful exercise that can benefit our well-being and the relationships we cherish. At its core, giving thanks is about acknowledging the positive aspects of our lives, big or small....

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Accomplishments Fiscal Year 22/23

Voice and Vision is honored to have impacted the lives of thousands of people in Fiscal Year 22/23 through all our programs, a podcast, Help and Hope Guide, and social media. The impact was accomplished through the work of wonderful employees, board members, volunteers, consultants, partners, funders, and donors. Thank you to everyone who makes our work a success! Let’s celebrate each other as we move into Fiscal Year 23/24. Here are a few of the highlights from fiscal year 22/23: Voice...

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Awareness. Appreciation. Honor.

May is a month with over 100 celebrations, some for a day, a week, and some for the month. Here are a few: National Blessing Day, Wordsmith Day, World Hand Hygiene Day, Brain Injury Awareness Week, Deaf Awareness Week, Sign Language Week, National Anxiety Month, National Blood Pressure Month, and Older Americans Month. The 100+ are focused on categories such as awareness, children, culture, education, food, health, history, religion, and more. Two of the many month-long celebrations are linked...

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June is PTSD Awareness Month

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. Often during these types of events, the person does not have any control over what is happening, and they may feel very afraid. In addition to a life-threatening event, a series of traumatic experiences can cause PTSD, such as with a child who experiences multiple Adverse Childhood...

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The Importance of Family Involvement

I recently completed an internship with Voice and Vision, which has been such an incredibly insightful and rewarding experience. I had the privilege of working alongside intelligent and compassionate individuals throughout my time with this agency. I acquired more knowledge and perspective about mental health and substance use disorder than I ever thought possible as a first-year intern. The following blog is written to share what I have learned throughout this past year regarding the...

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Simple Ways to Practice Self-Care While Caring For Your Child with Special Needs

Are you a mom caring for a child with special needs? Do you find yourself constantly exhausted? Do you experience bodily aches and pains? Are you feeling burnout or overwhelmed? If so, you are not alone. When you are a caregiver to your special needs child, it’s easy to overlook your self-care and put all of your time and energy into their needs—day after day. My healing journey began a few years ago when I realized that I couldn’t be my son’s supportive mom and caregiver if something didn’t...

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Get Up Off of That Thing – Wow!

A big thank you to all who attended the Voice and Vision, Inc. 2020 “Wholistic Virtual Conference on December 10th and 11th, 2020. In case you missed it, or attended and want to refresh your memory, more than 150 people tuned in to the Voice & Vision, Inc. 2020 “Wholistic” Virtual Conference.  This year’s theme, “ Get Up Off of That Thing”, focused on Black/African American communities where there are a lot of barriers for those seeking resources for mental health wellness and addictions....

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My Problem With Change

I have a problem with change. If something in my life is going to change, I need time to mull it over. I need to envision the change—along with every possible variable, both positive and negative, until I come to the conclusion that the change will ultimately be for the better. And, ideally, the change that’s being made should be MY IDEA. I once arrived at my old job at an art gallery to find that the sales desk had been moved from one side of the main space to the other. It had been near the...

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