Mental Health Awareness Month. The value of “Trauma Informed Care”

37 Years of romance and adventure! Judy and Steve Sparks, Depoe Bay, Oregon…
Judy and Steve Sparks
Children and Families in Life After Trauma

https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Mental-Health-Awareness-Month

I didn’t know one thing about mental health or Trauma Informed Care (TIC) 37 years ago April. I was in the prime of my career in IT back then. Judy was a IT professional too. We were so excited about our life together…

Soon after our marriage and the birth of our child, my mental health seemed to be going south, way south. The healing journey would be a tough road as I look back. Not only for me, but for our family as a whole…

When there is too much trauma in a person’s life, the trash and baggage pile up just like a overflowing dumpster that sits for weeks on end. Think of that for a moment before reading on…

I wrote this article in June 2020 after starting to see a TIC clinical therapist. I didn’t know then how wonderful it would feel, after a very long year emptying my overflowing dumpster.

It has been a tough road over these many decades. But my mind seems to be getting rid of enough baggage and trash that peach of mind seems like a gift from heaven.

I never knew about how important this robust specialized therapy was until now. It seems living in the moment slows my mind down enough to see the clouds, sea, rivers, mountains, even birds and Bees.

I used to hang around for a few minutes then go on to something else… No more! It’s a gift at a time in my life when we both, Judy and me, need it the most…

Celebrate Mental Health Awareness month of May by sharing this post with friends, family and colleagues. It feels even better when we reach out to others for support. It feels especially good to make a difference for others…

I serve on the traumainformedoregon.org/ Steering Committee. We are a team of 22 professionals representing Counties in Oregon. I am honored and privileged to serve Lincoln County Oregon.

My work in our community also includes serving on the Lincoln County Behavioral Health Community Advisory Committee. I have been honored to serve on this committee since 2015…

https://www.co.lincoln.or.us/mhac

Think about how you can make a difference this month in helping others who suffer from mental illness, just like me. Help others become more aware of the value of TIC. Help yourself and others you love get help…

My friends, colleagues and loved ones helped me over the years to heal. I love each and everyone of them for that. Lincoln County cares, indeed! I know this to be sure…

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