The Surviving Spirit Newsletter May 2019

The Surviving Spirit Newsletter May 2019

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

Newsletter Contents:

1] May is Mental Health Awareness Month – By My Side Live at the River Ledge, You Tube

2] We Need New Ways of Treating Depression By Johann Hari, author of Lost Connections

3] I Now Suspect the Vagus Nerve Is the Key to Well-being By Edith Zimmerman

4] Keyon Dooling Breaks His Silence About His Childhood Sexual Abuse on Red Table Talk w/ Jada Pinkett Smith

5] In Our Brutal Modern World, Science Shows Our Brains Need Craft More Than Ever by Susan Luckman, Professor of Cultural Studies, University of South Australia

6] Sentenced to Life – Mental Health Podcast – Join co-hosts Dr. Jason Lahood and Kendall Alaimo

7] Scientists quash claims about single ‘depression genes’ – Medical News Today, By Catharine Paddock PhD

8] We need to treat borderline personality disorder for what it really is – a response to trauma – The Conversation, Academic rigor, journalistic flair

9] Watching America From WHRV [NPR] w/host Dr. Alan Campbell, Male Suicide Web Extra: Listen to our conversation with musician Michael Skinner

10] Watching America From WHRV [NPR] – Male Suicide: Dr. Narketta Sparkman-Key & Sergeant Kevin Briggs w/host Dr. Alan Campbell

One thing: you have to walk, and create the way by your walking; you will not find a ready-made path. It is not so cheap, to reach to the ultimate realization of truth. You will have to create the path by walking yourself; the path is not ready-made, lying there and waiting for you. It is just like the sky: the birds fly, but they don’t leave any footprints. You cannot follow them; there are no footprints left behind.” Osho

1] May is Mental Health Awareness Month, as an advocate who has tried to raise awareness on trauma, abuse and mental health concerns, so many times I have felt dismayed, beaten down and marginalized by a ‘system’ designed to break the hardiest of souls. But, I have never lost hope or sight of the countless courageous folks and organizations trying to change the paradigm and create a shift in society’s mindset that there is ‘something wrong with you‘, that you’re different, less than human, etc.

No, the simple truth, folks have struggled through incredible  challenges, traumas and abuse and have put one foot in front of the other, every darn day. So a shout out to all of who have been my side when I have trampled the well worn path in my efforts to find peace, joy and love. And please feel free to share with those who have stood by your side as a simple gesture of, Thank you.

Thank you folks, Michael Skinner.   By My Side Live at the River Ledge You Tube 3:38 minutes

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