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With a heavy heart and great sadness, we share the passing of one of our former board members, Dan Moua.  We will remember his wisdom, generosity, and loyal friendship. As a revered Hmong leader, Dan was an amazing individual who helped many people in the community.  From his arrival in 1975, he helped Hmong refugee families gain their footing in this new and unfamiliar country. Many Hmong families report that he was on call to help them solve problems 24 hours per day and 7 days per week. Through his work with NAMI, Dan was a steadfast advocate for the mental health needs of the Hmong community.

It was an honor and privilege to know and work with Dan. He demonstrated exceptional humility and cross-cultural skills. While he often prefaced his statements with an apology for his limited English ability, he effectively conveyed great wisdom through his stories.  These included those he shared about meetings with leaders in different parts of Africa during his international travel and work.   We will miss Dan as a tireless activist for the Hmong and other under-resourced groups. He influenced many decision-makers to advance equity and social justice.  His insights and infectious laugh will be sorely missed.  Our thoughts are with his wife, Palee, and the entire Moua family.



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November 5, 2020

An innovative project for firefighters in Tallahassee Florida:

Firefighters love their job, but it comes with hazards that not only threaten their physical safety, but also their emotional and mental well-being.  Statistics show many firefighters struggle with depression and even suicide as a result of the trauma they are exposed to on the job. According to the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance, first responders are more likely to die by suicide than on duty, and rates of depression and post-traumatic stress disorders among firefighters have been found as much as five-times higher than that of the general population.

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    This month, hold on to goodness and hope for the future.



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    “The mental health component of COVID is starting to come like a tsunami,” says Dr. Jennifer Love, a California-based psychiatrist and co-author of an upcoming book on how to heal from chronic stress.

    Although symptoms of chronic stress are often dismissed as being in one’s head, the pain is real, says Kate Harkness, a professor of psychology and psychiatry at Queen’s University in Ontario.

    “When the body feels unsafe — whether it’s a physical threat of attack or a psychological fear of losing a job or catching a disease — the brain signals adrenal glands to pump stress hormones.

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    implores us to: “partner with me and advocate for the ability for doctors and residents in our profession to receive medical and psychiatric care without fear of losing our licenses or having to face stigma and judgment. It can save lives. Please, we are more stressed than ever, and we need to speak the names of our fellow friends and colleagues who have died by suicide. We need to advocate for them and for all of us to have access unfettered by fear to utilize the very lifesaving treatments we recommend to our patients.”

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