Post COVID-19, Anxiety and Hugs

By Michael Wm. Marks Ph.D., ABPP / March 26, 2021

We’ve all been “touch deprived” and its impact has had immediate consequences, both mentally and physically. Part of the “collective trauma” of the past year has been a certain level anxiety, even as we engage with friends and family that have practiced safety guidelines and been vaccinated. The best remedy is to push throw it. […]

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I Wish I Didn’t Know Now What I Didn’t Know Then

By Mike Grill, MS, NREMT-P / March 18, 2021

We’ve all had that “first call” and all the training in the world doesn’t prepare us for its impact on us. Through that “crucible event” we learn the hard lessons of good self-care, perspective, and the value of close friendships.

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Reach Out To Someone

By Mike Grill, MS, NREMT-P / March 12, 2021

Here’s something you can do today to reduce your isolation; call someone who haven’t reached out to in a while. It is a simple, practical and powerful exercise.

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Perspective and the New Normal

By Michael Wm. Marks Ph.D., ABPP / March 5, 2021

To be resilient we need to be open to different perspectives, so next weeks blog post will be from Mike Grill and some of his thoughts about resilience and COVID-19. He brings a wealth of knowledge and a unique perspective after working in the fire/ems world for the past 35 years.

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Collective Trauma and Culture Change

By Michael Wm. Marks Ph.D., ABPP / February 26, 2021

To collectively heal from the collective trauma of COVID-19 requires significant cultural and societal change. Research has shown that those societies that have unified after a collective trauma have been far more successful at dealing with this pandemic, while societies that value individualism over a “shared mission” have failed.

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Collective Trauma and Social Support

By Michael Wm. Marks Ph.D., ABPP / February 19, 2021

The best protection we have against trauma, whether individual or collective trauma, is our social support system. In the first responder and police community there has been a focus on creating “peer support specialists” in dealing with the stresses, but we need more basic changes.

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Persistence: One Step At A Time

By Michael Wm. Marks Ph.D., ABPP / February 12, 2021

Even though it isn’t over, we have all persisted through this pandemic. It is something to be proud of and each day that we have done so is a day to be celebrated. They are the “small” steps to reach our individual and collective goal. Be mindful of your successes.

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Collective Trauma and COVID-19

By Michael Wm. Marks Ph.D., ABPP / February 5, 2021

Collective trauma is a when a catastrophic event significantly alters the basic fabric of society. 9/11, and how it has impacted how we travel, is a good example. COVID-19 is clearly a collective trauma and the steps to “recover” from this trauma are “simple,” but not necessarily “easy.” Foundational to our recovery are healthy social […]

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Suicide In The Ranks

By Michael Wm. Marks Ph.D., ABPP / January 29, 2021

Suicide among first responders and healthcare providers continues to climb. Attitudes and old stigma about reaching out continue to be an important part of the problem of suicide in the ranks. Knowing who we can reach out to before we get emotionally overwhelmed can save our lives.

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Transitions: That’s Life

By Michael Wm. Marks Ph.D., ABPP / January 22, 2021

We leave the womb and enter life; a transition. We start careers and retire: a transition. We grow up and grow old; a transition. People do not like change and transition, even though it is inevitable. We would rather live with the known enemy than seek out the unknown friend. We will, someday, transition from […]

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