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The secret to balancing a healthy relationship and mental health condition, is...

Without my prompting, the very same client sitting next to me became an advocate herself!

I have learned that I must step outside of my own experiences and listen intently to the unique needs of the person in front of me.

Little did I know how those next 30 seconds would rock my world!

People in your everyday life may be struggling much more than you know. So what can you do to help?

While there may only be a few days left, there’s still time to put forth your best effort in 2020. Close out the year with one of these five acts to end on a high note.

Remember all humans, are only human. So be kind to yourself.

We have an opportunity to choose how we will show up for our loved ones in ways that are both meaningful and supportive.

How will you practice thankfulness this November? These small but thoughtful actions can help remind you that there’s a lot to be thankful for this year.

There are plenty of ways to cheer up somebody you love, many of them only involving your time.

The affects of toxic stress on the minds and bodies of children, can be interrupted by providing safe, stable, nurturing environments. Learn more in this blog link.

"As hard as it is for survivors to speak up, it seems that it is even more difficult for the world to actually listen."

There IS hope! And it IS accessible to you.

Because of THIS Partnership, You Don't Have to Leave Your Fur Babies Behind!
Image courtesy of: CVM Photographer Tom Thompson

How can you reprogram your brain to think more positively? Try out these six tips today!

Some events are completely out of our control, but when we are able to regulate our own emotions, coping through the unknown seems a bit more manageable.

Motivational quotes inspire us to do more, be more and become more of who we are. Each and every one of us can make an impact or difference in this world and leave it better than when we came.

How a “call out” for help can become the best next step in the right direction if you feel stuck in a harmful relationship.

What We Can Learn From A Victorian Poet’s Life Choices

In 2020, you might be wondering if being happy is something you could admit to—but even during challenging times, there are ways to boost your mood and try to celebrate the good things in life.

It is in healing this final painful revelation that will finally set you free to live a life free from the pain and shackles of abuse for good.

Step out of your comfort zone, ask questions, get to know someone different than you. You might be surprised by how much this can enrich your life.

Let's learn to love who we are in this moment… sweats, no makeup, bed head and all… to love the skin we’re already in!

When mindful meditation becomes part of your daily routine, you’ll notice its benefits become a regular part of your life.

"I couldn’t wait until the bullies who lived in my neighborhood moved up to the high school bus... at least I would catch a break on my ride to and from school."

So this worked well the first 3 or 4 times… until he started learning the pattern. Learn how we discovered how to bring a hot moment to a cool calm with our 6-yr-old.

We recently captured a few responses from children and youth describing what it’s like to feel loved, supported, and happy in a relationship. Find out what they said about "dating age", supporting friends, and more!

As humanity experiences a variety of hurt, loss, fear, joy, and success, we might find that our worldview is connected to how we recover from trauma.

Telling someone to "just relax" doesn’t fix the sinister last laugh of our inner critic. We have to change the narrative of what is played on the inside by focusing on what makes us uniquely awesome! Anonymous

Part of advocacy work is shining a light into dark places that could ensnare someone experiencing vulnerable times.

When we understand how strategic power and control moves can affect a victim’s hope for a peaceful life, we can begin to understand why leaving an abusive relationship is one of the hardest things someone can do.

“Too long have [victims] sat in the shadows” and it may take time for them to heal and believe that they are worthy of true happiness.

We can achieve success on the other side of feeling "stuck" by focusing on the good and each, small win every day.

Use this worksheet along with the recent podcast "One Win At A Time" with Nate Nomichith.

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Being your best self means knowing when to look inside yourself, make adjustments, and nurture all areas of your personal wellness.

Finding Your Way is a podcast "designed with survivors in mind". Conversations on this show help guide listeners toward finding solutions for safety and support as they navigate life from being a victim to becoming a survivor of violence. Episode #1 "Orienting A Survivor's Compass" is the first of many radio shows to come. If you are interested in submitting questions or contributing as a guest on the show, email us at

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, Recognizing Law Enforcement and Inspiring Hope for Victims.

As a nation, we have our challenges, but our human nature to care for and nurture the needy has risen up to the occasion.

This is our opportunity to ask those within our 6-foot-circles how we can help smooth the path to help them make the necessary changes to live well during COVID-19

Purposely depriving your partner of sleep may not leave bruises or scars, but it is still abuse.

What I Wish I Knew About Dating, Before I Started Dating

8 Movie Quotes For Relationship Checks

"My partner hasn't hit me, but I'm confused about how I'm being treated." - Anonymous, Mailbox Monday

"One of the hardest tasks I have faced is making decisions in cases that involve victimized youth." - Hon. Marshall Murray

When we can use concepts from the world in which our tweens operate and parallel them with real life scenarios, those lessons often stick in their memory longer.

What thoughts we allow to repeat in our mind will become what we believe.

Survivors of abuse are not exempt from the need for a mentoring relationship. Those involved in victim advocacy, social work or other helping professions often guide survivors through their walk into the freedom to be who they already are.

Trust your gut, because YOU ARE THE EXPERT of your situation.

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