Written by Charlie Labarda // It was going to be a hot day. The sun was up, but the electricity was down. We were in one of the relocation sites for families displaced by Super Typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda)—the strongest storm to make landfall on record last November 2013. We were there as volunteers … Continue reading What Comes the Day After the Disaster?
Written by Mandy Kellums Bakara // Social justice is a vital part of mental health. As a professional counselor, my work involves aspects of social justice every day that includes connecting with clients where they are, empowering them, and helping to increase a client’s sense of agency and self-efficacy, and promoting wellness--each of these things … Continue reading A Counselor’s Creed
Written by Aimee Fouche // The topic of mental health in South Africa (SA) is complex. It is riddled with a lack of both qualified professionals and funding from the state and employment opportunities. Not to have sufficient mental health care services in a violent country like South Africa is obviously a gross injustice. This … Continue reading “No Word for ‘Depression'”: Justice in Mental Health in South Africa
Written by David Lui // It was the summer of 2008. Bryan Mills’ (Liam Neeson) daughter had been taken, leading to his iconic monologue to the kidnappers: “I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.” I almost squealed with excitement when the reply came: “Good luck.” It was all … Continue reading Writing Hope in Tragedy
Written by Christi Hymel // If anyone would have told me that one day I would be working on a daily basis in a residential facility for troubled teens, I would not have believed them. Mostly I would have doubted this because I never had juvenile justice on my radar. And I believed that teens who … Continue reading Justice for Juveniles