Articles tagged with: Stigma

06November

Stand up and speak out. End the cycle of abuse

Stand up and speak out. End the cycle of abuse


Soon we will be reading the Torah portion of Vayishlach. It is a portion filled with events of triumph as well as failure. We learn the stories of Jacob wrestling with G-d and his reuniting with his brother. We also learn about the rape of Jacob’s only daughter, Dinah. Though Jacob can prevail or at least hold his own in wrestling with G-d and engaging with his brother Esau, he appears unable to control the physically violent behaviors of his sons. He cannot empathize or express compassion toward his daughter after she was raped. This is a story about a family in crisis due to a sexual assault. Revenge, violence and mayhem follow. Two of the sons go on a murderous rampage while the other brothers take women and children as slaves. Violence begets more violence.

Written by Patty Maziar, Posted in Counseling Services

03October

How We Can Help put a STOP to Domestic Violence

How We Can Help put a STOP to Domestic Violence

 

By the time you finish reading this blog, around 13 women in the United States will be assaulted or beaten. In the next 24 hours more than three women will be murdered by their husbands or boyfriends. Within the next year up to 10 million children will witness domestic violence of some kind. So once you finish reading this blog and go about your day, you should take time to think about the 9,500 women in our country that will have been assaulted or beaten by the time you wake up the next morning.

 

Written by Jessica Hallberlin, Posted in Counseling Services

24October

Taking Action to End Domestic Violence

Taking Action to End Domestic Violence

“He always apologized, and sometimes he would even cry because of the bruises he'd made on her arms or legs or her back. He would say that he hated what he'd done, but in the next breath tell her she'd deserved it. That if she'd been more careful, it wouldn't have happened. That if she'd been paying attention or hadn't been so stupid, he wouldn't have lost his temper.” ~Nicholas Sparks

October is a month filled with crisp fall air, crunchy new apples and leaves the colors of fire. October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which sadly, few people are actually aware of.

Written by Lexi Klupchak, Wendy Lipshutz, Posted in JF&CS - Hope and Opportunity Happen Here, Counseling Services

18January

Addressing Bullying Head On

Addressing Bullying Head On

For parents, it is one of the greatest nightmares: someone harming their child, physically or emotionally. Imagine the nightmare the child endures.

Kayla*, 13 years old, was teased repeatedly for her appearance. Her peers and even adults ignored or dismissed the open harassment. She became withdrawn at home and started to talk about how her family would be better off without her. But she didn’t want to be identified to school authorities for fear of further retaliation.

Written by Sheri Panovka, Posted in Child & Adolescent Services

08December

15 Things I've Learned About the Great Recession

15 Things I've Learned About the Great Recession

For the past two years I have facilitated a Job Seekers Support Group and heard amazing stories of what people have encountered and endured in these trying economic times. I am truly touched by what these different people have taught me and I have compiled their lessons in the list below.

Written by Betsy Frasier, Posted in Career Services, Counseling Services

12October

Mental Illness Doesn’t Discriminate, So Why Do We?

Mental Illness Doesn’t Discriminate, So Why Do We?

Throughout October, we are acknowledging Mental Illnesses Awareness, which is dedicated to  helping remove the extreme stigma that surrounds it. The days of ushering the mentally ill off to institutions more closely resembling prisons than hospitals are over. Today, we all know a neighbor, a friend, a veteran or a grandmother who struggles with his or her mental health.

 

Written by Nikki Bagli, Posted in Counseling Services