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 Jason Moon // Home. It was all I could think about in the war zone. I had put my life on hold to serve in Iraq and now after my deployment I could get back to living it. Almost immediately after returning, I started to have severe symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder … Continue reading Healing Veterans Through the Arts
Written by Orlando Dobbin // “You had a parent who died too!?” said Jasmine* in the grief support group I facilitated during my school counseling internship last spring for three kindergarteners and two first graders. Jasmine was having a really tough Kindergarten year. She was constantly in trouble, starting to fall behind academically, and struggling in … Continue reading School Counselors: Making Mental Health Care Accessible to Youth