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Real Men Talk About Their Feelings… for Real

By: Josh Rivedal Men are willing to talk about the size of their prostate glands, or how much Viagra they’re allowed to take, but they’re still not willing to be open about their mental health. If men want to live long, healthy and productive lives it’s absolutely crucial that the dialogue surrounding men’s mental health […]

COMPASSION: A WAY TO RISE ABOVE OURSELVES

By: Corey Ciocchetti A perfect way to ponder compassion comes from professor Mason Cooley: “Compassion brings us to a stop, and for a moment we rise above ourselves.” Isn’t that a wonderful way to think of it? When we’re compassionate, we stop worrying solely about our lives, our problems, and our to-do lists and begin […]

Unmasking Leadership

By: Rachel DeAlto Eating disorder recoveree. Mom at 20. Divorced. Toxic relationship survivor. These aren’t my typical go-to descriptions when I introduce myself. I tend to lead with: relationship expert, TV professional, entrepreneur, coach, or former attorney. Those are the titles that make me look good, right? The truth is, ALL of those titles define […]

Our Communities Deserve More than No Means No

By: Tim  Mousseau “No Means No.” “Don’t Rape.” “Real Men Don’t Rape.” For the last few decades, these slogans have stood at the forefront of education concerning sexual violence prevention. Plastered across fliers, hung up around campuses, written on signs, and blasted across the slides of presenters from high school to college programs on sexual violence […]

Your Story Is Good Enough

By James Robilotta I was asked in a recent interview, “What advice would you give to educators who want to inspire students?” In short, my answer was: Stop telling other people’s stories and start telling your own. Soapbox time. One of my BIGGEST speaker pet peeves is when I hear a speaker quote Gandhi, Martin Luther […]

The Opioid Epidemic is Real

By Bobby Gordon Communities are scrambling to react. Even when individuals are prescribed painkillers for legitimate reasons, such as surgery, and injury, or other medical reason, they often and inherently have negative related consequences—including death. Here are a few facts: · Opioids and opiates are in the same drug family as Heroin, Opium and Morphine. […]

Embracing It: How to Talk About Mental Health

By Lauren Cook One of the best ways to begin integrating mental health in our lives is to begin talking about it openly with others. While we can learn about it (naming it) and empower ourselves by seeking out resources (facing it), we also have to begin looking out for each other (embracing it). This […]