You Are Not Alone

Photo courtesy of Portraits by Gwen

 

I wish I didn’t feel so woefully inadequate in finding words to describe where we are. Maybe there are no words. Maybe I have no idea.

What I do know is that people are in pain. People need help and we all need each other.

Photo courtesy Sarah Emmott

In this week’s episode I talk with three women trying to help our community. Susan Sarni, Hingham’s executive health officer is helping lead an effort to deliver a kind of one-stop shop for health and wellness through town resources. It’s a work in progress, and they want to hear from us on what we think could help our community, but they are amplifying services for mental health, physical and spiritual health and addiction. Heather Rodriguez, director of counseling for Hingham Public Schools shares what counselors are seeing with our students and what is currently and will soon be available to help them.

Kathleen Bambrick is a social worker with Aspire Health Alliance. We talk about the importance of normalizing the conversation around mental health (whole person health!) and what resources they are offering to help local families immediately.

Photo courtesy of Jeff Cutler.

I hope you find value in the conversation and will lend your voice to the process. If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please call the crisis lifeline at 988. You are not alone and people want to help you.

You’ll notice these beautiful pictures from local photographers. It’s a reminder to me of the natural wonders of Hingham and how much value I get from getting outside and connecting with nature. I’m grateful they’ve shared them and I will share many more on The Hingham ‘Cast Instagram page. Take a look when you get a minute: https://www.instagram.com/thehinghamcast/
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