Written by Kayla Slagter // I’ll never forget the day I realized news headlines are a collection of real people’s life stories. My friend was sharing her own story at a favorite coffee shop of ours in an up-and-coming area of Kigali, Rwanda. Because of her nationality and age, she was a teenager during the … Continue reading After the Headlines: Trauma and Peacebuilding in the Wake of the Rwandan Genocide
Written by Camille Frey // The neighborhood I live in is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Houston. Refugees, immigrants, African Americans, Vietnamese, Latinx, and whites call it home. With this great ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity comes the beautiful mosaic of stories lived by its citizens. As I moved into the neighborhood in … Continue reading Houston Strong: Turning Trauma into Hope
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 Angela McMann // Mentoring is justice. It’s doing justice to youth who have been lacking positive adult role models for a variety of reasons. There is a lot of research right now about brain chemistry after experiencing trauma in childhood. Much of that research has shown that youth who experienced trauma will experience other … Continue reading The Power of Relationships: Mentoring Youth in Appalachia
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