(Editor's Note: Tim Hasty leaves today to go into active service as a Lieutenant in the US Army. He has been a tremendous help to us in setting up our Military Helpline while waiting for his deployment orders)
My time here at Oregon Partnership working in drug prevention has refined me; I knew I was ready when those bars were pinned to my shoulders. I knew I was ready when my peers started to look to me for leadership, guidance and advice. I knew I was ready when I had come to peace with life changing in drastic ways.
Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
Some people come into our lives for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
Some people come into our lives, leave imprints on our hearts, and we are never ever the same.
Tim Hasty is one of those people who has come into the lives of Oregon Partnership, left imprints on our hearts, and we will never forget him. On October 1st, Lieutenant Tim Hasty will be placed on active duty with the United States Army. For the past 5 months he has performed the duties of Military HelpLine Specialist.
Oregon Partnership moved recently.
Moving, as we can all attest to, is never a “fun” thing to do. It’s full of lots of hard work, frazzled nerves, and long hours. But in the end, all of the hard work pays off when you are in your beautiful new digs. Our move is no exception. Our new space is fantastic. Our call center, which is still being transformed, will be “world class”. And this is all really cool stuff!
During this process, we also had to move a crisis line. Well, to be technical – five crisis lines. So this magnifies the “hard work” involved.
“PTSD is a reaction by normal people, to an abnormal situation - and there is nothing normal about war. “
This is the phrase we on the Military HelpLine use over and over to help soldiers, family members and other veterans understand the emotions they may be experiencing. We know that family and community awareness can be a life giving safety net.
Understanding the signs and symptoms of PTSD is a major step forward in battling the stigma and the effects.
A myth exists that if you talk about suicide to a depressed person you may be “planting the idea in the person’s mind.” In my experience this is completely untrue. If an individual is feeling hopeless and is struggling, chances are good that she has considered this ominous option. So, please don’t be afraid to address the situation.
This summer I had the wonderful opportunity to work with talented, creative, passionate and open-minded teens who want to give back to their communities.
Teens met regularly to discuss the issues affecting the Portland community and then created short films to share what they learned with the public. The films premiere this month.
Students Creating Entertainment for Neighborhood Empowerment (SCENE) is as unique as the youth who named the summer program.