I thought I would use my flagship OP entry to repost this poem blogged by a friend who (also) works with grieving children:
On the red-eye from Seattle, a two year-old
in the seat behind me screeches
his little guts out. Instead of dreaming
of stuffing a wad of duct tape
into his mouth, I envy him, how he lets
his pain hang out. I wish I too could drill
a pipeline into the fields of ache, tap
a howl. How long would I need to sob
before the lady beside me dropped
her fashion rag, dipped a palm
into the puddle of me?
Trained volunteers, deep in conversation. Connecting on an extremely personal level to a hurting person on the other end of the line.
Looks like a headline from the Weekly World News, doesn't it?
Surprising fact: One of the easiest places for teens to get drugs is from their parents' or grandparents' medicine chests.
Back in March Oregon Partnership had great success working with communities throughout the state for a Drug Turn In Day. Citizens brought their expired prescription drugs to designated sites where law enforcement officials took custody of the drugs and then incinerated them.
The National Guard faces unique challenges in tackling reintegration issues - The Military Helpline is here to assist.
Our culture celebrates rugged individualism and self-reliance, but the truth is that we need each other.
A 2nd Lieutenant gains insight to Veterans.
The Crisis Lines Program is currently training another group of wonderful people to be volunteer crisis workers.
As a trainer, this is the fifth training that I have participated in. Each and every time we train, I am awestruck. Amazed by the emotional depth and breadth of experience that our volunteers bring to the training, and later – to the program.
Our training is an emotionally intense fifty-six hour program. One of our goals in the training is to pack a lot of content into this fifty-six hour period.
Veteran suicides, Confidential Helpline
A new SAMHSA study shows the dramatic increase in prescription drug abuse, necessitating the need for more drug prevention efforts among teens.
Good article in the Sacramento Bee about a RAND study on the effects of legalizing marijuana in California...