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Managing Holiday COVID-19 and Post-Election Stress

December 1, 2020

With COVID-19 affecting our holidays, schools going more and more remote, and the lingering post-election stress it is important to ask ourselves questions that help us manage our stress response.   The Greater Good Science Center poses a few questions to help us think about how we are managing and reacting got what is going on around us (Smith & Suttie 10.2020).

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Gratitude and Mental Health

November 23, 2020

This is Thanksgiving week. Gratitude is the quality of being thankful and the readiness to show appreciation and return kindness. Harvard Medical School writes that “The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness. Gratitude encompasses all of these. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what you receive, tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. In the process, people usually recognize that the source of that goodness lies ...at least partially... outside themselves. Gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves.

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Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week (November 15-22)

November 16, 2020

This week is Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week. Mental health is an essential component of your overall life experience. It impacts all domains of life including physical, spiritual, vocational, and relational.  One area of life where a person’s mental health has a big impact is in housing. Surveys indicate that close to half of people who are homeless have a mental health diagnosis. Often depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress can underlie the series of life occurrences that lead a person to homelessness. I would encourage all of us to think of the ways in which we can help those experiencing housing insecurity.

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International Stress Awareness Week

November 2, 2020

One international study published just this month reports that people who had a strong sense of meaning and purpose in their life were more resilient, especially in relation to Covid-specific stress. What are some things that give us a sense of purpose? Caring for someone who needs your help, an activity or hobby that is meaningful such as gardening or cooking, or being part of a group that connects you with others such as a service club or a church. So if you find yourself stressed don't do less, do more of what gives you a sense of purpose.

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Appleseed reaches GuideStar’s highest Seal of Transparency for the Second Year in a Row

October 5, 2020

Appleseed, the Safe Haven program's parent organization, earned the 2020 Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, a service of Candid. By sharing metrics that highlight the progress that Appleseed is making toward its mission, the organization is helping donors move beyond simplistic ways of nonprofit evaluation such as overhead ratios.

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 1, 2020

You deserve to be treated well and in a safe, caring relationship. Help is available by calling Appleseed’s Safe Haven program 24-hour crisis hotline at 419-289-8085. Visit www.safehavenofashland.org for more information.

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Rape Crisis Domestic Violence Safe Haven Announces Events to Honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month

September 29, 2020

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic Violence is the willful intimidation as part of a systemic pattern of power and control perpetrated by an intimate partner against another and happens across all genders, ages, races, and other demographics. This abusive behavior may include physical, emotional, psychological, financial, or sexual abuse. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, domestic violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime with 1 in 3 women and 1 and 4 men experiencing physical violence by their partner in their lifetime. Rape Crisis Domestic Violence Safe Haven program is holding several events to honor victims and survivors of domestic violence throughout October. All events are free and open to the public.  

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Self-Care and Stress Management Tips

September 24, 2020

We are winding down National Recovery Awareness Month and National Suicide Awareness Month. Both of these issues can be made worse by interpersonal tensions and stress. With COVID-19 still disrupting how we live and the intensifying election propaganda, we need to intentionally make time for self-care. Below are a few self-care tips for stress management.

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September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month

September 16, 2020

September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. Dying by suicide is a tragedy for both the one who dies and the family and friends left behind. People who are grieving the death of a loved one to suicide need- you- to- be- their- support. Loss survivors grapple with complex feelings such as fear, grief, shame, and anger. Accept their feelings and provide support without criticism. Use sensitivity during holidays and anniversaries as these stir up memories of the lost loved one, and emphasize their absence. Use the lost loved one’s name when talking to survivors. This shows that you have not forgotten this important person, and can open the door for sharing. 

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September is National Recovery Month

September 11, 2020

Recovery is possible. There are many great recovery communities in our area.  Don't let anything keep you from reaching out. There are paths that will allow you to find meaning and purpose in the aftermath of very difficult life experiences. If you find yourself addicted and struggling remember you are loveable, forgivable, and changeable.

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

June 5, 2020

May was National Mental Health Awareness Month, and here at Appleseed, it is a month that is extremely important not only to our agency but to every one of our staff. It is a time that we can use to reach out to our community and offer education on strategies to improve their mental health.

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

May 1, 2020

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The month of April is an important time for everyone here at Appleseed Community Mental Health Center. Each April, staff at Appleseed’s RCDV Safe Haven Program promotes awareness of sexual assault, harassment, and abuse and prevention of this crime through a variety of educational events and presentations. The month of April also brought on some difficulties, however, with the COVID-19 Pandemic bringing many of the planned events of the month to a halt and many others had to be revised or rescheduled.

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January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month and Stalking Awareness Month

February 4, 2020

January has always been an important time of the year for Appleseed Community Mental Health Center. It is a time that we look forward to a new year and plan for the year ahead. For Appleseed and its Rape Crisis Domestic Violence Safe Haven program, January is also a chance to bring awareness to two key topics: National Human Trafficking Awareness Month and Stalking Awareness Month.

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Reflection on Domestic Violence Awareness Month

November 4, 2019

The month of October has come and gone, and for us at the Rape Crisis Domestic Violence Safe Haven of Ashland (a program of Appleseed Community Mental Health Center), much of it has revolved around promoting domestic violence awareness.

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Recap of Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2018

November 1, 2018

Domestic Violence Awareness Month continues to be embody the heart of Safe Haven's mission at the shelter. We strive to provide awareness of the prevalence of domestic violence (one in three women will experience intimate partner violence in their l

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Bringing in the Bystander at Ashland University

August 24, 2018

Safe Haven had the opportunity to provide Bringing in the Bystander intervention training to Ashland University’s Resident Assistants over the past two weeks.

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month Recap

May 1, 2018

Every year, Safe Haven hosts several events to increase awareness,

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How Common is Stalking?

January 18, 2018

January is National Stalking Awareness Month, and unfortunately, this awareness month often gets lost in the hustle and bustle of the New Year. Stalking can also feel less “scary” or dangerous, as those who have never experienced it may

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Marital Rape: The Sexual Assault No One Talks About

October 20, 2017

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and we have chosen to focus our blog posts on types of abuse survivors experience. This week we are examining marital rape, its prevalence in abusive relationships, and the barriers survivors face in identifying it.

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Children Support Groups and Youth Advocacy

September 29, 2017

Safe Haven offers support groups for adults, but there have also been support groups recently added this year for youth. With the addition of our Youth Advocate in February, we have a significant increase in youth programming and services.

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All About Support Group

September 18, 2017

Safe Haven offers various support groups for survivors of abuse. Taking a first step to attend a support group is a huge milestone in a survivor’s life. However, before stepping into that support group setting, many have questions and are uncertain of what to expect.

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

September 7, 2017

Every October, Safe Haven participates in Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This year marks 30 years of October being recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month! We have several events going on this year that are open to the community.

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Ask Emily: Abusive Partner a Good Parent?

August 31, 2017

Question: I am ready to leave my abusive partner, but feel torn. While we have a very toxic relationship he is such a great dad to our two children. I know they would be extremely upset if I left – even possibly angry and resentful towards me.

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6 Quick Facts About Counseling Services at Safe Haven

August 17, 2017

6 Quick Facts About Counseling Services at Safe Haven

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Ask Emily: Services Offered if Not Staying at the Shelter

August 3, 2017

"Ask Emily" is Safe Haven's new question and answer blog posts that covers commonly asked questions.

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Mansfield Pride Festival

July 27, 2017

This past weekend, Safe Haven was able to attend the Mansfield Pride festival in downtown Mansfield. The theme of this year’s Pride was “One Community: United.” Their theme focused on how all members of the LGBTQ community are not a

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

March 30, 2017

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Safe Haven has many community awareness activities. We hope to see you at one of our events!

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