• Do not let the kids clean the litter box!

    December 2, 2019 by

    ‏‏‎ ‎ According to a new medical study the stereotype of the zany cat lady hording cats and living like a recluse may actually have a scientific relationship. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have discovered that exposure to the parasite called Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) has a causal relationship… Read more

  • Let tragedy lead to positive change

    December 1, 2019 by

    This article “The nightmare outcome of a son’s mental illness” was published in the Los Angeles Times earlier this year. The article skillfully details the tragic outcome of the Hernandez family’s battle to provide appropriate mental health services for their son, Aaron. The article is painful to read and the accompanying video painful to watch. What… Read more

  • Puff away the depression? Probably not.

    November 27, 2019 by

    ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎ We’re all aware of the dangers of tobacco to our health–circulatory… Read more

  • If you’re depressed, try serving others.

    November 26, 2019 by

    I have found that one of the best aids for depression is an act of kindness.  First, some facts about me:  1.     I suffer from clinical depression.  2.     I volunteer at the St. Francis of Assisi Parish Step Ministry Program. 3.     I’m a huge Los Angeles Dodgers fan. I love volunteering. The St. Francis of… Read more

  • When a semicolon is more than a semicolon

    November 20, 2019 by

    Have you ever seen one of these semicolon tattoos? Do you think it’s merely a punctuation mark? Hardly! Check out the profound meaning behind it. This effort to bring awareness to mental health issues is called Project Semicolon. It’s a faith-based program aimed at starting a dialogue of love and understanding among those… Read more

  • Kids are people too and they too have mental health issues

    November 19, 2019 by

    This is a compelling story printed in the New York Times several years back called “Troubled Children.”  The story visits the challenges of the Abaspour family in dealing with their daughter, Haley’s, complex mix of mental illness disorders. The reason, I believe  it’s important to revisit this story now is that it powerfully illustrates how little… Read more

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