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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Moving upstreeam

Imagine you’re standing on the edge of a river. Suddenly a flailing, drowning child comes floating by. Without thinking, you dive in, grab the child, and swim to shore. Before you can recover another child comes floating by. You dive in and rescue her as well. Then another child drifts into... Continue Reading

Monday, September 10, 2018

Mental health services are just one tool to address school shootings

Last week a school shooting occurred at Santa Fe High School in Texas. Ten people died and 13 others were wounded. The suspected shooter was a 17-year-old student at the school. The father says his son was a "good boy," and he believes bullying drove him to do it, although... Continue Reading

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The traumatic impact of separating children from the families

The recent national debate over separating children from their parents at our borders should serve to remind all of us how devastating it can be when children are separated from their parents. According to the Department of Homeland Security, nearly 2,000 children were separated from their parents during six weeks... Continue Reading

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Suicide among our young people is at epidemic levels

The recent deaths of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade have brought suicide to the national forefront, much like recent school shootings have brought attention to school and community violence. I have written several times about violence in our schools and communities, but according to NIMH, there were more than twice... Continue Reading

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Gun violence in America: We express outrage but nothing changes

When I sat down to write this message, I wanted to write about gun violence. We recently experienced yet another mass shooting in a school in Parkland, Florida, and it reminded me (again) that not much has changed since our own tragedy in Chardon six years ago. And we have... Continue Reading

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