4D’s Peer-Service Goals

June 10, 2020 From Tony Vezina, Executive Director, 4D Recovery Peer support and mutual self-help These are integral to the organizational and service delivery approach and are understood as a key vehicle for building trust, establishing safety, and empowerment.* My name is Tony Vezina, and I am the Executive Director of 4D Recovery, a Peer-Run Recovery Organization helping young people 18-35 overcome addiction. One key principle of trauma-informed care (TIC) is “peer support and mutual self-help.” In this blog, I will hone in on [...]

June 10th, 2020|Community Ideas|

Look for the Helpers

June 10, 2020 From Jonathan Hankins, QMHA, Suicide Rapid Response Coordinator at Lines for Life When Fred Rogers was a child and he would see scary things in the news, his mother would tell him, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”We at Lines for Life have brainstormed strategies since the start of the year to promote mental wellness among healthcare providers, social workers, and more throughout Oregon. Based on our collective experiences of serving our communities, we recognize helpers often put [...]

June 10th, 2020|Community Ideas|

Utilizing Family Peer Support Services: Connecting Family to Family

From Sandy Bumpus, Executive Director, Oregon Family Support Network June 9, 2020 Many of us have heard about Peer Support over the years, particularly as it relates to individuals who are working toward mental health and addictions recovery. However, we often get questions about Family Peer Support and who are we peers to? Raising a child experiencing mental health disorders can be challenging, especially when they are involved in multiple systems (education, mental health, child welfare, juvenile justice, developmental disabilities). Navigating all of [...]

Hope at Home

June 9, 2020 From Charlotte Owen, Client Services Supervisor for Meals on Wheels People In a time when staying at home is required and social distancing is considered normal, isolation is being brought up in conversation more and more. Feeding seniors and reducing social isolation is at the heart of the work we do at Meals on Wheels People. When the pandemic was declared and the stay at home orders were announced, our day to day turned upside down. We shifted from Monday [...]

Trauma Informed Care & Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts

From Diane Benavides Wille, MA, LPC, CADC I, Director of Diversity & Workforce Development, LifeWorks NW As someone who identifies as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), one core principle of Trauma Informed Care (TIC) that resonates with me is Trustworthiness and Transparency. This principles helps us to ensure that decisions being made are done so transparently and with the goal and spirit of building and maintaining trust. Those of us working in mental health systems understand how important this principle is. We think of it countless times when [...]

April 8th, 2020|Community Ideas|

Stop Trying to “Build Trust”—Grow It

From Dr. Kendra Coates “I trust you.” Do you remember the first time a colleague said that to you? How did you feel? Surprised? Flattered? Connected? Valued? Supported? Grateful? Trusted? Do you remember the first time you felt or shared that trust sentiment with a colleague? “Building and maintaining trust” is one of the most named values and principles for organizations. But what do we mean by “building and maintaining trust”? Let’s unpack it a bit. First, using the verb “build” implies we can use a certain set of [...]

April 7th, 2020|Community Ideas|

Transparency & Trustworthiness Helped to Create Haelan House & The Healing Trauma Conference

From Cheryl Mills, President, Haelan House "The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them." –Ernest Hemingway When my Co-Founder, Susanne Frilot, and I started to plan The Healing Trauma Conference and form the nonprofit organization Haelan House, we started with a leap of faith that we could trust each other. We were essentially strangers. It would be evident enough going forward whether that trust was warranted or not. We did share a common goal—to educate people about how trauma affects them and [...]

April 7th, 2020|Community Ideas|

Reframing Workplace Safety Through Social Innovation

A clearer view: Mt. Hood, 5 years after the Tilly Jane Fire From Felicia Eckstein, Consultant, Cornerstone Analytics, LLC "And loss of control is always the source of fear. It is also however, always the source of change." --James Frey Out with the Old: Workplace Safety as a Cultural Construct Change, it is inevitable. It is the thing I hate most but do best to understand—holding space for the transparency and vulnerability that allow us to UNlearn old information and be open to new. I would challenge each of [...]

February 5th, 2020|Community Ideas|

Prepared for the Worst

From Sharon Ross, Afrovivalist and Preparedness Educator Being Mentally Prepared for Disasters A man-made or natural disaster will cause disruption and disorder in your life. You could be affected mentally and physically depending on the situation. Being prepared is an essential element of survival when the inevitable unplanned earthquake occurs. It is important that every able person is responsible for themselves and their family members when preparing for a disaster. It is a potential deadly mistake to think that the only thing one needs to do is stock up [...]

February 4th, 2020|Community Ideas|

When Your Safety is a Negotiation

January 31, 2020 From Olive Wood, MSW Intern Context While it may seem like we’ve come a long way in terms of making our communities safe for queer and trans people, our bodies, our presence, and our safety are all still up for debate in many spaces; as if our existence is akin to whether or not one prefers coffee or tea. As a small, white-cis lesbian, I embody a significant amount of privilege that many other LGBTQ+ community members do not. Still, I cannot explain to you [...]

February 3rd, 2020|Community Ideas|
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