When writer Rachel Hunt Steenblick found herself feeling alone while living in a foreign country and struggling to carry her personal grief, she decided she wanted to collect and share the stories of tiny, intentional acts of kindness. She said for her, it was a way to hold space for the good things in the world while working through sorrow.
“All of the things together, like being pregnant in a foreign country while mourning the loss of my brother, felt like the hardest thing I've ever done. And I've done hard things before as we all have. But for me, these were the hardest together and the timing of them and I felt so alone.”
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Shalayne Smith Needham: We have all dealt with the effects of COVID-19 in one way or another and some of us will come out of this a new person. Joining us to discuss this is Dr. David Schram, an associate professor of human development and family studies in the College of Education at Utah State University.
Therapy can be an important tool in someone’s overall well-being. But people from minority groups are often paired with therapists who don’t fully understand their experience. Culturally responsive therapy is a tool that can help address this problem.
It’s no secret Utah is a majority white state. That majority holds true for mental health workers as well, and it’s part of what makes culturally responsive therapy important.
The first year of college is stressful for everyone. But for those with developmental disabilities and mental health concerns, it can be especially overwhelming. Those students and families can prepare for the experience, though—and now is the time to start.
Ah, that first year of college. It’s like this tidal wave of freedom. And pressure.
As part of the Utah Public Radio series, Project Resilience, we hear from retired Northern Utah teacher Barbara Abbott, who remembers times she would take her wayward dog Cedar Bear to work with students at Hillcrest Elementary.
Shalayne Smith Needham: In stressful times, it's important to reach out to friends, family, and especially children who need guidance during these hard times. Callie Ward is an Extension assistant professor at Utah State University and specializes in family finance, family resource management, emergency preparedness and food preservation. Callie Ward joins us by phone from Garfield County. Thanks for being here.
From social distancing to new levels of anxiety and distress, the coronavirus pandemic has rapidly transformed our lives. On Sunday morning at 10:00, tune in to UPR to hear an interfaith program featuring messages of hope tailored to this particular moment.
According to a 2018 study from the Urban Indian Health Institute, Utah ranks 8th in the nation for the
number of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Utah legislators recently formed a task force to address why Utah’s numbers are so high. But the bill is only a part of the overall work being done to address this issue.
It’s no secret that parenthood can upend people’s lives. It’s a huge event for many 20- to 30-somethings as they adjust to all the changes a baby can bring. For Project Resilience, JoLynne Lyon interviewed a Lewiston couple and a relationship expert to find out what all those changes mean for mental health. She discovered some good news.
Being a new parent can be exhausting.
Jordan: “You’d be falling asleep and you’re so tired and then you have some kind of thought of, ‘Oh, he’s in the bed with us,’ and you forgot that you put him in his crib, so he’s in the crib, but then you’re all stressed looking through the bed trying to find him.”
During this global pandemic, many medical decisions are having to be made about who can receive what kind of care. Disability rights activists, like Storee Powell, who works at the Center for Person’s with Disabilities at Utah State University, said many of the current policies are discriminatory. UPR’s Matilyn Mortensen spoke with Powell about why she finds these attitudes so concerning.
On Tuesday’s Access Utah, as a part of UPR’s Project Resilience, we’re going to talk about how to be resilient with all that’s happening with the coronavirus pandemic, including social distancing. We’ll also talk about how all of this is impacting children and individuals with disabilities.
A bill that would provide one million dollars in one-time funding and nearly five million dollars in ongoing funds seeks to add 30 beds to the Utah State Mental Hospital. It would also improve supports, including housing assistance, for people after they are released.
The Utah Legislature is now in full swing at the State Capitol. Last week, many people with disabilities and their families went there with the mission of learning how to tell lawmakers the ways policies affect their lives.