Suicide Dos and Don'ts When Helping Loved Ones
Stronger To Teach Teens About Healthy Relationships
Did you know over 1 Million people die each year from suicide.
Suicide leaves so many questions. "I didn't know?" "It seemed they had it all." "How bad could it be for them to leave their child?" With so many reports in the news the last few weeks of suicides of famous designers, chefs and others at Stronger than Espresso we wanted to share something that might help and be a free resource for anyone dealing with a loved one.
I searched in my historical training manuals and found this resource Understanding Suicide. This overview we created for one of Stronger than Espresso Mentor Volunteer trainings and it includes resources, best practices, myths about suicide, dos and donts and more.
When we speak to friends and family often it is difficult to know what we should do next when they are going through a difficult emotional time. Please download this summary if you ever need to review resources, Dos and Don't and what questions to ask.
We hope that this will help you be better prepared to help someone else.
What Now? Dealing with the aftermath of Abuse
Since our first support group in February 2013, Stronger has continually grown to become an agency of hope and healing for those who experience domestic violence and other patterns of abuse. Stronger strives to develop and provide practical tools for survivors. Our most frequent request is, “What information do you have for my teenager?” Many survivors share their teenager has already experienced abuse and violence in a dating relationship.
A Response to the Rob Porter News Story
As I have followed the uncovering, stories and confessions in the Larry Nassar case, I am reminded that the pain on sexual harassment, violation and assault and violence, is long lasting. My heart breaks for the parents of the victims…
Our Word for 2018 is Freedom
White House staff secretary Rob Porter announced this week he would resign his post. Porter’s two ex-wives, Holderness and Willoughby, came forward sharing their experiences of abuse and violence by Porter. Let’s focus on two vital & important quotes released from the ex-wives this week helping us gain more insights to understanding domestic violence.
Start 2018 the 'Write' Way
Your support creates change…like this story, about one of our support group graduates. Let’s call her Marie. Marie was a beautiful, smart, educated woman who was violated both emotionally and verbally. Because of the abuse, she struggled to...
A Freedom Proclamation
It is a new year, with new ideas, new goals, new resolutions. Working with women in Stronger than Espresso the last five years I have found that writing and journaling can be an excellent way to heal, set goals and create measurable change in the lives of survivors.
A Response to Sutherland Springs, Texas Shooting Tragedy
We recently hosted an event in North Dallas we titled the Freedom Proclamation Breakfast. You may have seen some of the photos we posted online, but you may not have heard the full story. Read more about the event and how you can help.
JOLT AWAKE! ENEWS - HEALING THE WOUNDS OF TRAUMA
Our hearts go out to everyone impacted and moved by the Sutherland Springs, Texas shootings yesterday, Sunday, November 5th. There are no words that can contain the emotions, the loss, the horror of this tragedy.
A Message from Brooke
As we moved from September into October, we knew we had a full schedule ahead of us, since October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Little did we realize the scope of opportunities God was preparing for us. We were able to touch significant influencers, educators, leaders and groups of people desiring to tackle this important issue.
Art Transforming Trauma
As we see the leaves begin to change color, it reminds me that there is a season for everything. Seasons have a beginning, middle and an end. Today, past the middle of September, my temperature gauge tells me it is almost 100 degrees in Texas; I certainly don’t feel like the summer season is coming to an end. Even though I don’t know when this summer heat will end, the leaves silently speak to the undeniable change coming soon.
A Story of Your Impact
In August, Dr. Brooke Jones our Founder & CEO traveled to California for a two day training with A Window Between Worlds an agency that focuses on Art Transforming Trauma.
I got involved with Stronger through my mother-in-law’s encouragement, as my husband and I had separated due to difficulties in our marriage. My mother-in-law had gotten one of Brooke’s cards at a speaking engagement, and she gave me her card and told me she thought it might help. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to attend a Stronger class, as I felt that this was NOT me, and certainly NOT MY STORY. I was in denial.
2018 Stronger International Equipping Trips
On September 11, 2017, Stronger collaborated with 28 other social service agencies in Collin and Dallas Counties to be a part of the Freedom Forum.
2nd Annual Leader Retreat a Huge Success!
2018 STRONGER International equipping trips are designed to equip men and women in their local area to know how to best respond to domestic violence, abuse and trauma healing. Our Stronger trips are full of education, encouragement to equip local leaders to continue the STRONGER THAN ESPRESSO small group healing ministry.
I Am Stronger Gear Is Here!
The Stronger than Espresso 2nd Annual Leader Retreat was a huge success! Stronger small group leaders joined together to celebrate two-days of encouragement, ongoing training and enrichment.
I've Witnessed Firsthand the Healing Impact of Stronger Than Espresso
Stronger than Espresso is so excited to announce Stronger Gear. Jewelry inspired and custom made by a local Plano artist and businesswoman, Wendy Pryne owner of Blessed Bling.
As a stronger than espresso leader, I’ve seen the impact of domestic violence. The insidious nature of domestic violence, no matter the form, goes beyond the initial action, to damage the self-identity of a person.