October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and in more than 200 cities across the country, communities and their leaders are coming together to take action against bullying. Bullying is a serious issue facing more than 1 in 4 children nationwide. This is an important topic for me as both my children were bullied when they were in school. There are 3 different types of bullying – verbal; social and physical – and between both my children, we experienced all… Read more »

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Pass it on. Your life matters! #youmatter #suicideispreventable #letitout My son often tells people that I have saved his life many times. The fact is, he has saved his own life, but I was there to listen, to support, and to get him the help he needed. I was open. I didn’t judge him. I encouraged him to talk about his feelings and his thoughts. I respected him. There is no reason to fear honest open communication. I was also realistic –… Read more »

Last week I had the opportunity to photograph NAMIWalks Los Angeles for the 2nd time.    This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week and I am sharing several links which take our society one step closer to breaking stigmas, educating, and helping others. I hope you will take the time to share this too, and help raise awareness. Thank you 1. I’m so proud of my friend Randi Silverman.  Please watch the movie Illness to understand what those of us who raise families with Mental Illnesses… Read more »

I have included some links for information and resources for World Suicide Prevention Day.  A big question is what can you do to make a difference? Many people fear if they bring up the topic of suicide with someone they are concerned about, and encourage them to seek help, it will make things worse. On the contrary, it is proven that your concern shows that person someone cares about them and is often helpful in preventing suicide. • 90 percent of people who… Read more »

Disney

Unless you have an annual pass to Disneyland (which I do), most locals end up going when they have out of town visitors. I realized while I was people watching, that despite the fact everyone comes to Disneyland to enjoy different parts of the same experience, it seemed most people were either in their own world or complaining that they were not having as much fun as they should be! It made me wonder how many people truly chose to be there! My son made an… Read more »

Metamorphosis

by: Steven (age 15) No one understands. No one can help. Here I am crying in silence, lost in a world of my own creation.  I stay here all day and night, but there is no difference. Time passes indistinctly; a blur of suffering and agony.  The only emotions to be found here are anger and sadness. There is no end to my tears, I cannot break free. I have tried before, only to be rejected by this uncontrollable mind… Read more »

ACCEPT WHO YOU ARE – don’t be so hard on yourself – we are used to comparing ourselves to others and it is in these comparisons the feelings of inadequacy arise, of worthlessness, of fear, of lack of… (STOP… don’t fill in your negative thoughts anymore) You are enough as you are. We are all different…all process and experience the world in our own way, however we are conditioned from an early age to “color between the lines” or “fit… Read more »

What does RESPECT mean to you? My parents and grandparents taught me “the golden rule” which is to treat others as you wish to be treated. To me this means being aware of other peoples needs, showing compassion; patience; kindness; tolerance and respect. People change and grow when the time is right for them, just as you and I have reached each stage of our journey. We believe our way is right, and it is..for us, but we are not… Read more »