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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 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
October 30, 2017

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department: ‘We’re Not Untouchable’

Maj. Jim Cleek, commander of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Training Bureau, found out his son was living with…

Be The Difference, Guest Commentary, News, Public Safety
October 27, 2017

A Cup of Coffee with Room for Suicide Prevention

At any coffee house in the country, you can get a solid cup of coffee, do some work, catch up…

Be The Difference, News, Suicide
October 25, 2017

Breaking the Silence: One Cop’s Story of Hope and Courage…

If you haven’t read Part I of Sgt. Eric Weaver’s inspirational story, click here. In 2002, a fellow officer and…

Be The Difference, Guest Commentary, News, Public Safety, Suicide
October 23, 2017

Breaking the Silence: One Cop’s Story of Hope and Courage…

“If I don’t tell you something, I’m going to kill myself.” I said these words to my then-wife in the…

Be The Difference, Depression, Guest Commentary, News, Public Safety
October 20, 2017

Restoring Community in an Interconnected, But Lonely, World

“We are in community each time we find a place where we belong.” — Peter Block Our young people are…

Be The Difference, Guest Commentary, News, Youth Mental Health
October 18, 2017

Why Running Is So Good for Your Brain

The fact that running is good for cardiovascular health is now conventional wisdom. That running is good for the brain,…

Be The Difference, Guest Commentary, News
October 16, 2017

School Officer Becomes Youth Mental Health First Aid Ambassador

On a warm fall afternoon in Kansas Public School District #500, Officer Orlando Singleton takes a breather after helping another…

Be The Difference, News, Public Safety, Youth Mental Health

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