Healing the Heart Through the Creative Arts, Education & Advocacy
Hope, Healing & Help for Trauma, Abuse & Mental Health
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars”. Kahlil Gibran
The Surviving Spirit Newsletter June 2021
June is NATIONAL PTSD AWARENESS MONTH
I thought I would share a few of the resources that have helped me in my healing journey. Despite the many years I have dedicated myself to learning all that I can about the impact of trauma, abuse and mental health injuries upon the mind, body and spirit…I still find it beneficial to go back and re-listen to a podcast, re-visit a website, re-read a blog or a book and continue to look for new resources to aid in my quest of healing and building new neural pathways and connections in my head.
I have joy, peace and love in my life now and it is important for me to continually learn and grow to maintain my health and spiritual well-being. I suspect this is a lifetime adventure and endeavor – but the reward is worth my efforts and time spent.
These resources are just a small sampling of the many I have studied through the years. And I know that this list falls short of the many great resources out there for all of us in healing the traumas, hurts and losses of our lives.
Please know, that many of the above have their own websites and blogs sharing all kinds of helpful healing knowledge.
June is also Pride Month and here’s A Proclamation on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month, 2021 – The White House
“Advocates are like turtles, Hard on the outside, Soft on the inside. We make progress slowly And only by sticking our necks out.” – Moneer Zarou
1] Sam’s Story – 603Stories @ 603Stories – Make Connections. Get Help. Find Hope.
2] People with depression can sometimes experience memory problems – here’s why @ The Conversation – Academic rigor, journalistic flair
3] Two children lost loved ones to gun violence. They’re now each other’s ‘safe haven’ – PBS News-Hour @ YouTube
3a] Ohio creates new training so that teachers, police officers, can support children dealing with trauma
by WLWT Digital Staff
4] Transforming Trauma: The Path to Hope and Healing by James S. Gordon M.D.
4a] The Center for Mind-Body Medicine – the world’s leader in successfully addressing population-wide psychological trauma
5] A Burn Survivor’s Triumph over Trauma By Heather Stephenson @ Tufts Now
5a] Lise Deguire, Author of Flashback Girl
6] How Much Time Should You Spend Outside According to Michael Easter @ Men’s Health
7] Beautifully Paired: Promoting Mental Health Through Arts and Education By Lorelei Goff Accent Editor of The Greeneville Sun
8] Leader of Baltimore’s effort to address trauma knows the issues firsthand – YouTube
9] Help at the intersection of homelessness and family violence By Kelly White and Julia Spann @ The Austin American-Statesman – Your Voice-Opinion Section
10] New Jersey’s ‘Black Fairy Godmother’ is distributing Covid relief one DM at a time by By Dartunorro Clark @ NBC News
11] Conferences & Webinars:
12] “Ritual Abuse Survivors Read Their Poems of Suffering and Healing” – Free online RA/MC Poetry Reading – Saturday, July 10, 2021, 4-6 PM Pacific Time
“Telling thoughtful truths should not be a revolutionary act. Speaking truths to power should not be sacrificial, but they are. But I think if more of us chose to do this for the greater good, we’d be in better spaces than we are right now.” – Luvvie Jones