Addressing Holiday Trauma

 🌟 Addressing Holiday Trauma and Prioritizing Mental Health 🌟

As we embrace the holiday season, it's crucial to acknowledge that for many, it can be a time fraught with grief and childhood trauma. The festivities may stir difficult emotions, and it's okay to recognize and address these feelings.

💔 **Facing Holiday Trauma:**

Let's acknowledge that the holidays may not be merry for everyone. Grief and childhood trauma can resurface during this time, amplifying emotional challenges. It's essential to give ourselves and others the grace to navigate these complex feelings.

🧘‍♀️ **Coping Strategies:**

1. **Self-Reflection:** Take a moment to reflect on your emotions. Understand that it's okay to feel a range of sentiments during this season.

2. **Reach Out:** Connect with trusted friends, family, or professionals. Sharing your thoughts can be a powerful step towards healing.

3. **Establish Boundaries:** Set boundaries that prioritize your mental well-being. It's acceptable to decline invitations or take breaks when needed.

🌈 **Checking Out for a While:**

It's crucial to emphasize that taking time for your mental health is not only acceptable but commendable. If the holidays become overwhelming, it's okay to step back, recharge, and focus on self-care.

🤝 **Support Each Other:**

Let's foster a community that supports open conversations about mental health. Reach out to friends and loved ones, offer support, and create spaces where people feel safe expressing their struggles.

🌺 **Remember:**

Your mental health matters, and it's a journey that deserves attention and care. By fostering understanding, compassion, and open dialogue, we can collectively contribute to a more supportive and inclusive holiday season.

#MentalHealthMatters #HolidayReflections #SelfCareJourney


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Michaels contributions have led to student successes. As of 2021 he has taken 112 high school students who lack of motivation, focus and credits to graduate, to incentivized and goal orientated students able to reach their academic potential. These 112 students are all set to graduate in the class of 2022. Eighty-one of the 112 students will be enrolled in community college and 4 directly to universities this fall. He also remains active in professional associations, frequently presenting research at the American Educational Research Association and the Critical Race Studies in Education Association. Michael also helped create a mental health unit for youth who were incarcerated in juvenile hall. This unit was designed to provide treatment to youth incarcerated that suffer from mental health issues, trauma, or suicidal ideations.