Wendy Hawkins, LCSW

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Women’s Mental Health

Healthy Women 2018 Each year Mother’s Day kicks off National Women’s Health Week and what better way to celebrate than to explore Women’s mental health for an overall sense of well-being and healthy lifestyle.  I talk about the Mental Health Toolbox frequently and that’s because I believe in and advocate for intentional self-care. The toolbox…

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Mentally healthy in the Workplace

Are you mentally healthy in the workplace? It’s 7:56am, and a silver mini-van smashes into the rear-end of your car, sending you off the lane and into the highway shoulder. Within 5 loud seconds, you open your eyes to the dusty remnants of deployed airbags and honking horns surrounding you. You’re okay, but your car…

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All About CBD

What is CBD? Now that “weed” day has come and gone, let’s learn all about CBD! Cannabidoil or more commonly referred to as CBD is an oil derived from marijuana or industrial hemp which is considered at this time a dietary supplement. CBD lacks THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) that is found in marijuana therefore we don’t get…

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DIY Your Mental Health Toolbox into Life!

“Take good care of yourself.” For many of us sometimes sprinting through the rat race of life, the statement rings exceptionally loud as it floats through conversations with colleagues, family members and healthcare practitioners. What does self-care mean for you? From a holistic practitioner standpoint, it means to identify the needs of your mind, body…

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Developing your Mental Health Toolbox

  A Toolbox for overall well-being A couple of years ago in trying to figure out which direction I was going both personally as well as professionally, I developed my personal mission statement:   “I will empower those around me with education to support and encourage their personal evolution.”   I’m passionate about this concept because…

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Self-injury awareness

Self-injury awareness Sixteen year old Allison** has been cutting her arms for years. She has many scars that tell a story of self-hate and loathing due to past sexual abuse. She was violated as a young girl by her sister’s boyfriend. When she experiences intense emotions she feels she can’t tolerate, Allison** takes any object…

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The Mental Choice to be Happy

The Mental Choice to be Happy The mental choice to be happy is tough at times but can be done. Most of us make the mental choice to get out of bed every morning and brush our teeth groggily; we choose milk and sugar with our coffee and choose a radio station on the way…

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Begin with sleep

Begin with Sleep As our everyday surroundings become inundated with advertisements to medicinally tackle mental illness, it’s easy to forget that many of the answers to well-being are free, easily accessible and natural. One of them is as comfortable as a just-washed down comforter, bamboo sheets and a mountain of pillows. Looking for overall wellness?…

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Resistant Women of History

  Resistant Women of History Empowered, Educated and Evolved! Over a span of thousands of generations Mother Earth has produced exceptional daughters that have catalyzed the evolution of humankind. Throughout history, women have advanced the worlds of science, politics, arts, and countless family unit foundations that propel the rotation of the world to this day.…

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Trauma and Ethnic Mental Health

Trauma and ethnic mental health There’s a direct connection between trauma and ethnic mental health. There’s no getting around it or sugar-coating the facts. Due to racial trauma, the mental health among communities of color continues to decline due to a very specific social injustice that still exists in America. Racial trauma, which is similar…

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