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Other / The Healing Porch - Part 6
« on: July 26, 2019, 03:57:34 PM »
The healing porch thread was started back in 2017 (

I would like to make this the official home of the healing porch.

This is an idea several of us have come up with and want to maintain.

What we already know about the healing porch - first, it is imaginary. But, based on some real facts. It resembles the photo in my profile picture (an actual house I wish I could buy... ahh, if wishes were houses, I'd own it today).

Second, the porch wraps all the way around the house. Those who enjoy sun can sit in the un-roofed section, those who don't so much can even enjoy the screened in section. There are chairs, tables, swings, sofas, easy chairs.

Third, there is a beach and ocean just off the one side of the house. This ocean has crystal blue water, the sand never gets too hot to walk on.

Off another side of the porch is a middle/large concrete area for chalk expression and art. Hopscotch is popular over here.

Forest and lawn are represented off the other two porch sides. This is a magical healing porch, so it can shift as is needed for your healing time with us.

We have board games, bug lights, blankets of healing, peace, comfort, acceptance, rest and many other necessary emotions. They are scattered about the porch and you are welcome to wrap yourself in whichever blank you need. Fear not, this is a magical porch - if everyone needs acceptance, there will be enough to go around.

Refreshing beverages are always available - sorry, folks - one thing I feel strongly about, no alcohol. It blocks healing. Otherwise, all drinks are just waiting, cold or hot as is best for that beverage.

Snacks and light meals are also all around - fruit bowls, vegetable trays. Any vegan can be as well fed as the omnivores (including me) on this porch. If food is part of your challenge, there will always be a 'food-free' side to remove that as an issue during your time on the healing porch.

We've just had the suggestion that my puppies join us on the porch. I think it's a wonderful idea. In fact, if anyone has a pet, please bring it! We have shelving to hold aquariums, window jambs that would hold 20 pound cats, places for puppies to run and fetch, and whatever your pet wants or needs. Because this is a magical porch, messes clean themselves and no pet would DREAM of harming another pet.

All suggestions are welcome!! This is a place for all of us. It started as a mental image to help some of us remember to relax, breathe and enjoy each others' support. It's a great place to get acquainted with your inner child - everyone is safe here. There are games and friends to play them with. There are journals that nobody would ever dream of reading. There are phones and friends waiting on the other end to hear from you.

It is a place of healing. And community (I hear hopscotch is THE game this summer). Welcome.

Each part runs for 5 pages and then it's locked and a new part is started so it's easier to load and read.

Announcements / Endorse Veronique Mead
« on: July 23, 2019, 06:03:34 PM »
Veronique Mead is a physician and trauma survivor who is raising awareness about the link between trauma and chronic illness. She has been nominated for a "Patient Leader" (advocate) at Please consider endorsing her as she's doing really good work. 

To endorse her -
Veronique's web site -


International (English Speaking) / The Mama Bear Effect
« on: July 16, 2019, 04:44:22 PM »
The Mama Bear Effect is a nonprofit organization changing the way people think, talk, and respond to child sexual abuse.  It is in the US but has great info/resources for everyone.

Canada / CAN - The Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL)
« on: July 13, 2019, 06:08:16 PM »
The Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL) advocates for refugee rights in Canada.  Why is this particular agency important to include on this site?  B/c most refugees are traumatized and need robust and informed legal advice and care. 

Badge Of Life Canada is a "peer-led charitable volunteer organization committed to supporting police and corrections personnel who are dealing with psychological injuries diagnosed from service."  Their mission statement:

a) To promote health by providing active and retired personnel in policing and correctional services who have been diagnosed with operational stress injuries, including post-traumatic stress, with access to counseling, information and group support programs;

b)  To advance education by undertaking funding research into the causes and effects of, and treatments for, operational stress injuries, and making the results of that research available to the public;

c)  To advance education by holding conferences and workshops, and providing educational resources, on topics related to operational stress injuries, including post-traumatic stress and suicide prevention; and

d) To undertake activities ancillary and incidental to the attainment of the above charitable purposes.

Books & Articles / Two New Fictions a/b a Teen with CPTSD
« on: July 12, 2019, 03:15:27 PM »
Two new fiction books about a teen with developmental trauma/complex PTSD were suggested by a member - "The War That Saved My Life" and "The War I Finally Won" by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.

I've added them to our "Books" section.  There's an article  here about them if you're interested.

United Kingdom / UK - The Mind Infoline
« on: July 11, 2019, 04:42:11 PM »
The Mind Infoline has advisors who provide information on a range of topics including; types of mental health problems, where to get help and support in your local area, medication and alternative treatments and advocacy.

United Kingdom / UK - CALM (For Men)
« on: July 11, 2019, 04:37:44 PM »
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) offers accredited, confidential and free support to men anywhere in the UK through a helpline and a webchat service.

United Kingdom / UK - Heads Together
« on: July 11, 2019, 04:33:26 PM »
Heads Together is a mental health initiative spearheaded by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. It is a UK campaign to tackle stigma and change the conversation on mental health and fundraise for innovative new mental health services.

International (English Speaking) / Sentenced to Life Podcast
« on: July 11, 2019, 01:33:48 AM »
The Sentenced to Life Podcast is hosted by Dr. Jason Lahood, psychologist and Kendall Alaimo international trauma activist, founder of Blooming Horizons, and a life coach.  Together they tackle topics relating to complex trauma with guests including clinicians, researchers, recovery experts, trauma survivors, and family/friends of survivors.   

General Discussion / Information about Childhood Trauma
« on: July 10, 2019, 02:46:04 PM »
Childhood trauma is a public health threat. Our kids deserve better - In this video Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, Surgeon General of California, pediatrician & child advocate explains the science of toxic stress, why childhood trauma has lasting physical & psychological affects, & how science can be used to interrupt & heal those affected.

The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies is an interdisciplinary professional organization that promotes advancement and exchange of knowledge about traumatic stress.  See the ISTSS searchable Clinician Directory here.

International (English Speaking) / Survivors News and Reviews
« on: July 10, 2019, 02:12:27 PM »
Survivors News and Reviews - a news and media reviews site for the Child Abuse Survivor community founded and managed by survivor Mike McBride. It's an excellent site that will get you thinking!

United States / US & Can - Trans Lifeline
« on: July 02, 2019, 11:58:35 PM »
Trans Lifeline is a trans-led 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of our community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education [in Canada & the US]. Our vision is to fight the epidemic of trans suicide and improve overall life-outcomes of trans people by facilitating justice-oriented, collective community aid.

Announcements / Exciting News - Our Voices Can Make a Difference
« on: June 30, 2019, 11:24:12 PM »
I haven’t mentioned this before, but I joined the ISTSS Complex Trauma Special Interest Group  a few months ago and recently collaborated on a panel proposal for the organization’s 35th Annual Meeting in Boston this Nov.  The panel titled “Complex PTSD: Charting a Course Forward” was accepted I’m delighted to say!

This is progress b/c the ISTSS is more focused on PTSD than Complex PTSD (until recently CPTSD was not an official/sanctioned diagnosis). In June 2018 the WHO announced it would be included as a distinct diagnosis in the 11th version of the ICD, but it is still not in the APA's DSM, the second of two main manuals used by medical/MH professionals and insurers.

Panelists will include some well-known trauma researchers/clinicians notably, Dr. Judith Herman who first identified Complex PTSD in the 1990’s. The abstract for the panel reads as follows:

Complex posttraumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) generally refers to a constellation of symptoms that could result from prolonged, chronic exposure to interpersonal traumatic experiences, often during childhood, in addition to symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which is typically associated with more discrete traumatic events. In this complex trauma SiG-sponsored panel, experts from the field will address several critical issues associated with C-PTSD. Dr. Herman will present a historical perspective on the early development of the complex trauma conceptualization. Dr. Carll will provide a global perspective on complex trauma, highlighting her work with the UN General Assembly and the importance of diagnosis and treatment in primary care. Dr. Courtois will discuss recently published clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of PTSD with recommendations for their application to C-PTSD. Empirical data on the impact of childhood trauma on vulnerable populations will be presented by Dr. Karatzias; and Denny LeBoeuf, J.D., will provide a unique perspective on complex trauma within the legal system. The audience will be invited to join the panel in discussing methods to increase knowledge about this significant population. The session will conclude with a call to action from each of the panelists along with recommendations for future training, research and practice.

I sincerely hope this will prove to be a big step out of the shadows for Complex PTSD, perhaps even push the APA to include it in the DSM. This would go a long way toward better access to relevant/effective treatment, services and support. 

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