Tag: mental health

COVID Exacerbates Loss of Hope, Solution in Leading Causes of Life

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Seeding Hope and Belonging As a public leader, it can be daunting to consider how to adequately address the factors driving increases in deaths of despair. With so much at stake for individuals and their communities, it is essential to seed hope and to foster belonging.  Gary Gunderson, Vice President for Faith and Health at

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Taking Care of Yourself: Self-care Strategies for Effective Leadership During COVID-19

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to sit down with my college roommate, Dr. Arthur Evans, now CEO of The American Psychological Association; Lindsay Horvath, Mayor of West Hollywood, CA; and hundreds of other local elected officials to discuss the importance of maintaining mental health and committing to self-care during the pandemic. This all started as

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Cities Lobby Congress on Substance Use, Mental Health and Homelessness

Every day cities, towns, and villages across the country face challenges posed by mental illness, substance use disorder and homelessness. An effective response by municipal leaders requires a comprehensive, multi-sector approach. On Wednesday, October 30, the National League of Cities held a briefing on Capitol Hill so that local leaders could tell Congress what they need,

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How Local Leaders Can Help Our Most Vulnerable Young People

City governments and city leaders continuously grapple with the costs of the “deep end” of the juvenile justice system. Deep-end youth include the roughly 30,000 young people placed in detention facilities who may be better served in targeted community-based services in the city. Deep-end youth constitute our most vulnerable and marginalized young people. Many deep-end

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What Triage Centers Mean for Cities, First-Responders and People in Crisis

Triage centers provide a strong opportunity to bring first responders and community-based service providers together to effectively address behavioral health crises and improve quality of life across a city. City leaders across the country are prioritizing better police responses to people suffering behavioral health crises, which include mental health or substance abuse crises.  Triage centers

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Three Commitments for Local Leaders in 2019

As we begin 2019 and lay out plans for our communities, it is equally important to take time to set personal intentions for the new year. Here are three commitments that I hope every local leader can make in 2019. Put yourself (and your family and friends) at the top of your priority list There’s

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