If you spent more time with family, friends and neighbors over the holidays than you did on social media, good for you! Here’s a summary of TC on Facebook from mid-December to January 21 so you don’t miss anything.
Since the beginning of the New Year, we have posted information about all of our upcoming trainings. (You can see the 2023 training schedule here.) We encourage you to make an after-the-fact New Year’s Resolution: be part of the solution to Northeast Florida’s mental health crisis by helping to create a Talkable Community!
On December 30, we re-published an oped by Dr. Theresa Rulien, President and CEO of Child Guidance Center that first appeared in the St. Augustine Record earlier last year. “Improving Mental Health Together” lays out the case for destigmatizing mental health treatment and sets forth the vision of Talkable Communities. Read it here.
On December 21, we re-published the full text of an oped by by Irene Toto, LMHC, CEO of Clay Behavioral Health Center that first appeared in Clay Today on Dec. 14th. “Give the gift of conversation for a perfect holiday present” explains the advantages of increased socialization during the festive season. (Did you know, for example, that people with both strong and casual relationships have a better life expectancy than loners?) Another advantage, says Irene, is the chance to reach out to others who might be having a tough time. It’s a great piece, give it a read!
Sadly, December’s posts included the news of Stephen “tWitch” Boss’s death by suicide.
A gifted dancer and performer who served as DJ on the Ellen DeGeneres show, tWitch will be dearly missed by his many fans.
If you or anyone you know is considering suicide or needs emotional support, the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States by calling 988.
If you want to help others at risk for suicide, sign up for one of our free trainings. [ https://www.talkablecommunities.org/trainings-calendar ]