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2018.05.07 Outsider Witnesses

An audience (of outsider witnesses) is invited to listen and reflect on a person’s stories about themselves and their preferred ways of being. Inspired by Barbara Myerhoff’s work with older Jewish people in California, Michael White developed outsider witnessing practices. These practices create opportunities to invite an audience to witness...
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A Suicide Screening Tool for Everyone

Dr. Kelly Posner collaborated with a team of scientists to create the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS), a screening tool which a diverse range of communities in the United States have now adopted. She spoke at the Maine Suicide Prevention Program’s conference on March 21, 2013, “Taking Science into...
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The Invisible Wounds of Combat PTSD

What challenges do soldiers face when they develop PTSD and traumatic brain injuries? On March 21, 2013, Hahna David Patterson, director of psychological health at the Maine National Guard, described combat PTSD to an audience of mental health professionals at the Maine Suicide Prevention Program’s annual conference, “Taking Science into...
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Motivating Recovery from Mental Health and Substance Abuse Problems

How can people who are struggling with mental health and substance abuse difficulties build their motivation, curiosity, optimism, and visions for the future? Two researchers at University of Rochester, Richard Ryan (pictured) and Edward Deci, have said meeting people’s needs for competence, autonomy and relatedness increases their motivation to change their lives positively....
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Changing Substance Abuse Relapse Policies

Dr. David Mee-Lee, a leading expert in co-occurring substance abuse and mental disorders, has recommended changing how substance abuse clinicians use the word “relapse.” He published the advice below in two issues of his newsletter, “Tips and Topics.” “The general public still largely views addiction as a self-inflicted problem,” Mee-Lee...
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