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May is Mental Health Month

Posted on May 18, 2019 at 6:45 PM

May is National Mental Health Month. It's a great time to learn more about mental health, begin conversations with friends and family, and advocate for increased awareness and decreased stigma.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness provides a wealth of resources. It's a great site to visit and to share with others:

Start Here provides local resources addressing a variety of needs in the St. Louis region:

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Pride is Coming!

Posted on April 29, 2019 at 8:15 PM

Pride is Just Around the Corrner! June is a time to celebrate LGBTQIA rights, march in solidarity, and plan for the future! Check out the events happening around St. Louis:

LGBTQIA+ Holidays May 2019

Posted on April 29, 2019 at 7:55 PM

Celebrate International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

What: Started in 2009, this international petition seeks to increase awareness of and garner support for LGBTQIA+rights.

When: May 17, 2019. May 17th was chosen because homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO) on this date in 1990.

Harvey Milk Day

What: Holiday celebrating gay rights activist Harvey Milk

When: May 22, 2019

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New Group Starting in June

Posted on April 29, 2019 at 7:45 PM

Far from being selfish, practicing good self care is vital to living a healthy and fulfilled life. This six week group will address: developing a self care practice, improving self esteem. self compassion, stress management and increasing self awareness. This group will give you the basics for beginning important habits that can last a lifetime. Treat yourself this summer!Gift certificates (non refundable) may also be purchased. Become Your Best Self will begin in June.Space is...

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Recommended Reading

Posted on November 10, 2018 at 7:55 PM

Below are some of my favorite books and blogs. Please feel free to share yours by getting in touch with me!

Tiny Buddha:

One of my favorite authors, Parker Palmer, on depression and on getting in touch with your authentic self:

You can take days or years to read this book. This is also a wonderful book to revisit:

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November Events

Posted on November 3, 2018 at 7:15 PM

Trans Day of Rememebrance

November 20th will mark the nineteenth anniversary of Transgender Day of Rememberance's founding. TDOR, began by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith, began as a way to honor Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. It has become an annual observance to remember those who have died as a result of transpobic violence, to strengthen community, raise awareness and promote education.For more information visit:


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Support Groups and Resources

Posted on October 3, 2018 at 9:20 PM

Whether you're looking for a support group or want to see what resources are available in St. Louis for the LGBTQIA+ community, Children's Hospital has comprised this super useful handout. While it's not comprehensive, it is a great place to start. Have a look!

October Events and Calendars

Posted on October 1, 2018 at 7:25 PM

The weather is changing, summer is becoming fall, and there are lots of happenings going on both locally and nationally.

The Pride Center in STL is a designated SAFE Place and condom distribution center, and also a great resource for the LBTQIA+ community. Check out their calendar of events for this month:

Looking for something to do "west of the bridge?" Pride St. Charles hosts monthly meetings that might be up your alley:

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Self Compassion Week Challenge

Posted on September 17, 2018 at 8:10 PM

What would it be like to treat yourself with the same respect as you would an honored guest? If you could invite anyone whom you admired and respected into your home, how would you treat them? Sometimes, we reserve the worst messages for ourselves, but it doesn't have to be that way. This week, try and commit to treating yourself with dignity, respect, and patience. See how it feels. It might feel awkward at first, but with practice it will get easier.

Dr. Kristin Neff is a leading res...

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Messages We Tell Ourselves

Posted on September 16, 2018 at 12:20 AM

What messages are you holding onto? Which ones would youlike to let go of? Maybe they are messages from your past, from friends, family, or teachers. They might be ones you have grown up with, heard in movies or songs, or read in books. The messages we tell ourselves are important. They can affect our self esteem, and influence how we see ourselves and others. One of the best gifts you can give yourself is the gift of new messages--re-written to help you move forward.

For example, this...

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