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7 tips from a support group fan

Okay, I’ll admit it.  I’m a support group fan.  I think groups can do lots of things all rolled up in one place – support (of course) and hearing about resources you never knew were there.  But other things, too, … Continue reading 7 tips from a support group fan

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Staying quiet

The night my brother blackened both of my eyes in a violent, alcohol-induced rage,  I think you could hear a pin drop. I wonder if I’ll ever forget the sound of his fists on my cheek; my skin was so … Continue reading Staying quiet

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Slapped by stigma

Have you ever been slapped in the face by someone’s prejudiced thinking about mental health needs?  That’s called stigma.  It first happened to me when my son was seven. My son spent a lot of his 7th birthday party lying … Continue reading Slapped by stigma

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Ask me a question, I’ll tell you a story

I felt a wrench in my heart when I stopped running support groups.  It wasn’t the late nights or trying to make each one worthwhile.  It wasn’t even that I had some version of burnout (I didn’t).  It was missing … Continue reading Ask me a question, I’ll tell you a story

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My sibling journey, my parent journey

Growing up with siblings was an important piece of my life. I remember knowing how to get my older brother in trouble, how to make sure that my grandmother would comfort me when I pretended the others were mean. I … Continue reading My sibling journey, my parent journey

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