Memories Our Bodies Hold By Katlyn Lindstrom I have always had a contentious relationship with my body. It is what I have always chosen to punish for the pain of trauma, seeking control over a body, whose only fault was giving me a vessel in which to exist, through anorexia, obsessive exercise, occasional self-harm, abusive self-talk, and so many other angry… Continue reading Memories Our Bodies hold
Natural vs Synthetic Happiness
Contributor: Morgan McCaul Due to a series of unfortunate events earlier this spring, I was forced to voraciously watch TED Talks on March 17, 2020. It was a particularly painful process for me, as I harbor dread for the kinds of ‘constant optimization’ narratives and undertones that serve as the hallmark of TEDx. A bald, wrinkly,… Continue reading Natural vs Synthetic Happiness
What “Stay-at-Home” Means for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence
Contributor: Kelly McClintock As Michigan families spend significantly more time in the home due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and consequent stay-at-home orders, injuries in the home are expected to rise. But accidental injuries are not the only type of harm on the rise at home; as one might expect, the stay-at-home orders which have… Continue reading What “Stay-at-Home” Means for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence
Reflection + Being Kind to Yourself
Contributor: Catherine Sherman Diaczok, RN, BSN Wow. What a weird time, huh? I think many of us, myself included, oscillate between struggling to slow down, and searching for motivation. We’ve all heard (either from our own mouths, or the mouths of others) the variations of, “I can’t concentrate.” “I didn’t get anything done.” “I’ve just… Continue reading Reflection + Being Kind to Yourself
Social Distancing… But How Distant Are We?
By Casey Sterle In just a few short weeks our world has changed drastically. Days that would have been spent at the office––chatting with other people, sharing jokes and snacks over meetings––and nights at the crowded bar––playing pool and darts––have been replaced by this new thing we call social distancing. If someone had asked… Continue reading Social Distancing… But How Distant Are We?
Tackling #SAAM With Grace
SAAM 2020 Today marks the 19th anniversary of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and with it a plethora of opportunities to raise awareness about and demonstrate support for survivors of gender-based violence in your community. Teal ribbons, town halls, and infographics abound. Here at Survivor Strong, we’re doing #SAAM a little differently. The thing about being… Continue reading Tackling #SAAM With Grace