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20 Years Later

20 Years Later:A Letter to a Lost Teenager There is so much I wish that I could have told you, so much that I wish I could have done for you. If only I could travel through time to 2002 and be a part… Continue Reading “20 Years Later”

Seeking Help for Depression

For many teens and adults who are facing sadness or are feeling down about a recent event or disappointing experience, or who may not be feeling as optimistic about life as they used to, or who are perhaps feeling heartache over an ended relationship… Continue Reading “Seeking Help for Depression”

Workplace Mental Health

For more than a decade I found myself at work witnessing, hearing about, or personally experiencing behavioral health challenges that were not effectively handled or addressed by management staff or by the employer as a whole.  Not because no one cared, but because people… Continue Reading “Workplace Mental Health”

The Words We Choose to Use in Behavioral Health

September is National Recovery Month, and while I have not been directly impacted by what is referred to as a substance use disorder, many people that I know personally have or still are struggling. Mental health conditions and substance use disorders may not be… Continue Reading “The Words We Choose to Use in Behavioral Health”

In Memoriam: Ricardo “Ricky” Reyes

My dear friend Ricardo “Ricky” Reyes of Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, passed away tragically on August 20, 2022. He was born on June 21, 1987 and grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the son of Iris Gomez Lopez and the late Salvador Reyes. He graduated from… Continue Reading “In Memoriam: Ricardo “Ricky” Reyes”

Music & Mental Health: A Path to Recovery

It was the spring of 2021 when I was first introduced to Oliver Daldry‘s music via a U.K. 2015 film titled Departure. At the time, I had quit my job a couple months prior and I was in a low point mentally, struggling with… Continue Reading “Music & Mental Health: A Path to Recovery”

Unbecoming: The Struggle for Acceptance

Unbecoming:The Struggle for Acceptance I didn’t know anything about the trans community a decade or so ago, and honestly I felt no concern whatsoever over trans people or their rights because I didn’t think it had anything to do with me, my perception was… Continue Reading “Unbecoming: The Struggle for Acceptance”

The National Suicide Hotline Designation Act: 988 Takes Effect July 16, 2022

The National Suicide Hotline Designation Act was signed into law on October 17, 2020 and as of July 16, 2022, will go into effect. This means that starting on that date anyone in the U.S. experiencing a behavioral health crisis can call or send… Continue Reading “The National Suicide Hotline Designation Act: 988 Takes Effect July 16, 2022”

Long December

Long December Another long December has come again, another year of trying to forget the way you made me feel, another year of trying to forgive myself for what I let happen, another year of searching for ways to finally heal. Another long December… Continue Reading “Long December”

The Power of Purpose, Meaning, and Fulfillment

In my late teens and early twenties I knew what it meant to have a sense of purpose, but what I didn’t know was just how powerful its effect really was on my life. My discharge on January 11, 2008, was the first day… Continue Reading “The Power of Purpose, Meaning, and Fulfillment”