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Stories, thoughts, and reflections from Mental Health First Aid
December 1, 2017

How To #BeTheDifference This December

For many, December marks the start of the holiday season. But the holidays don’t represent a season of joy for…

Be The Difference, Healthy Holidays, News
November 29, 2017

What Does “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Mean for Mental Health?

When I enlisted, it was not possible for openly transgender individuals to serve in the military. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”…

Guest Commentary, News, Veterans
November 27, 2017

Mental Health Emergencies Happen. Learn How to Help. Yes

Millions of people every year take a CPR or first aid class to learn how to recognize and care for…

Be The Difference, Guest Commentary, Healthcare, News
November 22, 2017

Wearing the Uniform, but Living in the Dark

No one said this job was going to be easy. But if you asked me five years into my career,…

Depression, Guest Commentary, News, Public Safety
November 20, 2017

Mental Health in Veteran and Rural Communities

Think that rural communities don’t face mental health challenges? Nothing could be further from the truth. Maybe it’s because we are small,…

Be The Difference, Guest Commentary, News, Veterans
November 17, 2017

Discovering Mental Health First Aid through Lady Gaga, Born This…

When John Martinez lost his partner in the June 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, he turned to music –…

Be The Difference, Depression, News
November 15, 2017

Turning Accessibility into Improved Care

It was about 8:45 p.m. on a slow weeknight in early 2011. We were ready to close the pharmacy down…

Guest Commentary, Healthcare, News
November 13, 2017

Bridging the Civilian-Military Divide: Veteran and Military Mental Health

The idea that military-connected individuals and civilians cannot understand one another, often referred to as the civilian-military divide, is one…

Guest Commentary, Healthcare, News, Veterans
November 8, 2017

How Addiction Is a Brain Disorder

Addiction is a brain disorder. That finding is still relatively new within the scientific community, having only really emerged during…

Guest Commentary, News, Substance Use
November 6, 2017

Mental Health First Aid for Our Boots-on-the-Ground

I am a veteran. When I returned home to Amarillo, Texas after being deployed to Afghanistan with the Army’s 82nd…

Be The Difference, Guest Commentary, News, Veterans
November 3, 2017

How To #BeTheDifference This November

November 11 is Veterans Day, so we’re focusing on veteran and military mental health for the entire month of November.…

Be The Difference, News, Veterans
November 1, 2017

Another Voice: Mental Health Training Supports Police Officers

Approximately one in 10 police calls involves a person with mental illness, making police the nation’s de facto first responders…

Be The Difference, Guest Commentary, News, Public Safety

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