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Human Trafficking: How Do We Address This Community Problem?

TRAUMA & RESILIENCE

Human Trafficking: How Do We Address This Community Problem?

by Hannah Thompson, MSW Intern Human trafficking in North Carolina is much more common than people think. North Carolina is ranked #8 out of all the United States and a huge factor is because of our own city of Wilmington. Wilmington is known as a port city which allows major interstates for car travel, as well as trains and boats....[ read more ]

Trauma and Somatic Experiencing

by Spencer Lee, intern Are you familiar with the saying playing dead or playing possum? You probably learned the phrase by hearing your parents say that while pretending to be asleep growing up or by learning how that possum saying came to be. Playing dead or freezing is the third component of our sympathetic nervous system response- fight, flight, and freeze. When...[ read more ]

Self-Care for College Students During the Pandemic

By Amanda Smith, LCSW Oh, 2020! We've sure had our fair share of adjustments this year. Although COVID-19 has affected everyone on the planet, it has had an enhanced distinct effect on college students. Adjustment is an inevitable thing when it comes to college, but throw in a pandemic? Whew, it can get pretty tough. Luckily, we can do a...[ read more ]

Recovering Your Life After Surviving Domestic Violence

Studies show nearly one in four women and one in ten men have been a victim of physical violence, stalking or psychological aggression within an intimate partner relationship at any given time and nearly half of women homicide victims in the U.S are killed by a former or current partner. According to Cynthia Conner, a licensed social worker with Baylor...[ read more ]

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

On average, around 20 people (both men and women) are physically abused by a significant other or intimate partner in the United States every minute, which averages over 10 million per year. New research is showing there could be as much as a 20% increase in domestic violence throughout the world due to COVID-19 restrictions. This is because abuse is...[ read more ]

Grieving the Loss of Normalcy During the Pandemic

For the last six months, COVID-19 and its effects have completely rocked our world and lives as we know it. Although COVID-19 is an epidemiological crisis, the result and all the changes that have come with it is bringing about a new type of crisis- a mental health one. Along with feelings of anxiety, sadness or uneasiness, many of us...[ read more ]

How Journaling For Five Minutes a Day Can Greatly Improve Your Mental Health

Although 2020 has been a mess of a year, one good thing to come out of it has been this new age of self-care and being more open when it comes to talking about mental health and mental health practices, especially on social media. One ‘trend’ that has boomed in recent years has been journaling. If you’re new to this...[ read more ]

If You’ve Experienced Trauma, EMDR Might Be For You

According to Merriam Webster, Trauma is defined as “a disordered psychic or behavioral state resulting from severe mental or emotional stress or physical injury.” While it’s completely normal to have an adverse reaction immediately after a traumatic event, there can sometimes be longer-term reactions such as unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, or strained relationships. Sometimes trauma manifests through physical symptoms like headaches,...[ read more ]

Fighting the Mental Fog

By Shanna Dickens Toxic stress, chronic illness and trauma can cause many symptoms, but one that I hear most often from my clients is mental fog. Mental fog can be our body's way of communicating that we have a need that isn’t being met. It can feel terrifying for your brain to suddenly feel like it doesn’t work when the...[ read more ]

Standing Against Racism

So far, 2020 has been a whirlwind. But, these last few weeks have shown us the world we used to know will never be the same-and for good reason. The Stillpoint family is deeply saddened by the murder of George Floyd and many other Black people. Although we would love to say more about this issue, we are going to...[ read more ]