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Changes In Sleep – A Warning Sign

Changes In Sleep – A Warning Sign

Sleep is one of the ways that our bodies keep things in balance for our overall well-being. When someone isn’t sleeping well, it’s sometimes a sign that there are aspects of their wellness that are out of balance. Today, the warning sign we are discussing is changes...

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Reckless Behavior – A Warning Sign

Reckless Behavior – A Warning Sign

If you were walking down the street and you saw a crisp $100 dollar bill, would you stop and pick it up? Would you stop to pick up an old penny? When we don’t see something as valuable, we don’t mind losing it or leaving it behind. Sometimes a person can feel that way...

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Uncontrolled Anger – A Warning Sign

Uncontrolled Anger – A Warning Sign

I remember being so on edge that literally everything seemed to grind on my nerves. It didn’t matter if it was the sound of the gas-powered blower outside of my window or the telemarketing call or the email that just landed in my inbox… I hated all of it. The warning...

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I’m DeQuincy Meiffren-Lézine, a suicide attempt survivor who has been active in suicide prevention since 1996. I earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from UCLA and studied public health approaches to suicide prevention at the University of Rochester. While serving as the principal author on The Way Forward, I became the inaugural Chair of the Attempt Survivor and Lived Experience Division of AAS and served as a Co-Chair of the Consumer Survivor Committee for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. In 2015, I was honored to be awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the SAMHSA Voice Awards. As the Director of the Lived Experience Academy I’m excited about the opportunity to share my insights and perspectives with you.