The Legacy of Katrina Study – The Kids Aren’t Alright

As a social worker, you develop a really dark sense of humor, a mindset often used as a coping mechanism for some of what you see and the stories you hear. During Katrina, I was living on the West Coast and at conferences, or in simple conversations with co-workers a statement I heard more than…

The State of Mental Health on the Gulf Coast…BP Hasn’t Given a Dime

On the Gulf Coast, the oil spill is taking another toll, one not as obvious as oil covered pelicans or slicks on the water: “The mental health impact here…and the level of uncertainty is taking a toll on people and that’s a huge concern,” Kindra Arnesen says, “Stress? Dude my clothes are falling off me…

Whadda Ya Mean, Disenfranchised? Well, Let Me Tell Ya…

Disenfranchised: 1. To deprive (a person) of a right of citizenship, as of the right to vote. 2. To deprive of a franchise, privilege, or right. I suppose we could start with a definition, tends to set the ground rules so to speak…but sometimes dictionary definitions don’t always cut it man, so stagnant, cold…and this definition…