Tanya J. Peterson’s novel Leave of Absence takes readers into the broken, genuine hearts of two patients in a behavioral health center. Oliver is suicidal and deeply depressed after the loss of his wife and baby. Penelope is a young woman recently diagnosed with schizophrenia and doesn’t feel she deserves her fiancé’s love. Both are mourning the loss of their happy, balanced lives. But a thread of hope runs through each page as Oliver and Penelope help each other get through their hard times.
We end our series on the 2nd Annual WRAP Around the World with a look at WRAP’s future in Ghana. WRAP stands for Wellness Recovery Action Plan. There are 22 million people in the African country. But mental health services are dire. Only 3 psychiatric hospitals and roughly 12-14 therapists are available to those in need. Inhumane treatment of people with mental illness continues to be a serious issue.
In her continuing coverage of the WRAP Around the World Conference, host Jenee Darden takes a look at mental health and sex. Two topics that may seem unrelated, but actually coincide with each other. After all, the brain is the biggest and most powerful sex organ. Audrey Garfield is a WRAP facilitator in Vermont and President of the Copeland Center Board. The Copeland Center is the lead organization for WRAP trainings and programs.
Can’t seem to throw things away? Are you or someone you know living in an extremely cluttered environment? People who love WRAP, Wellness Recovery Action Plan, say you can use it for anything to better your life. That includes hoarding or severe collecting.
In the next installment of our series about WRAP and the 2nd Annual WRAP Around the World Conference, we discuss severe cluttering, collecting and hoarding.
This month marks the one-month anniversary of the horrifying Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the nation’s second deadliest shooting, in which twenty children and six adults were killed in the small town of Newtown, Connecticut. Trying to grapple with this disaster and feeling like a helpless observer has been unsettling. Wrapping my head around the murder of anyone, nonetheless innocent children, has been even more jarring.
PEERS is excited to announce that Lisa Smusz has taken the helm as the organization’s new Executive Director. Smusz has more than 15 years experience in the mental health field and is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) as well as an instructor at California State University, East Bay.
Smusz began working with PEERS as a contractor in 2001. She was later hired as the full-time Social Inclusion Campaign Program Manager in June 2010 and was subsequently promoted to the role of Associate Director.