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Tips to Process Broward School Shooting

MehraVista Moment Special Issue - February 2018 Vicarious trauma is when a person bears witness to another’s trauma.  As the horrific events of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School continue to unfold, MehraVista offers the following tips to maintain healthy emotional well-being for both adults and children.  Emotions of sadness, confusion, grief, loss and anger are common, normal reactions to a catastrophic event involving death especially when children have suffered. Adults: Limit Exposure – While media platforms (TV, radio, internet, print, text messaging) are valuable resources for news, they can simultaneously contribute to anxiety, worry and fear.  The repetitive nature of the news

13 Reasons Why Not

MehraVista Moment May /June 2017     On March 31, 2017 Netflix released a fictional series entitled “13 Reasons Why” also known as 13RW.  13RW is based on a book of the same name.  13RW chronicles the life and ultimate suicide of seventeen year old Hannah Baker. The series graphically portrays Hannah’s sexual assault, insensitive counselors and suicide. Various media outlets have observed that 13RW glamorizes suicide and the dark content is unsuitable for children under age eighteen without parental supervision. Artistic expression is essential in our society but also must be balanced with insightful social responsibility. The “13” references 13

MehraVista Moment: Avoid a “Holiday Heart”

MehraVista Moment December 2016 What? Holiday Heart, a term coined in 1978 which refers to a potentially life threatening condition when the heart beats irregularly as a result of excessive alcohol consumption around holidays and other special events. Symptoms? Chest pain.  Heart racing.  Heart palpitations.  Light headedness.  Shortness of breath. Who? This condition involves a person who may otherwise have a healthy heart but binge drinks around the holidays.  Other contributing factors include heavy eating, smoking, extra salt intake, dehydration, stress and cold weather.  Depression can also contribute to having an unhealthy heart. Clinical Course? The symptoms described above can

MehraVista Moment: Fear Factor

  MehraVista Moment October 2016 Fear, as defined by Merriam-Webster, “an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger.  The threat may be real or imagined.” Fear, through our biological makeup, is one of the most adaptive emotions.  The feeling of fear prevents us from petting a cobra.  We need fear triggers to stop, look and listen when a threat is near.  But discrimination is essential to mitigate the negative consequences of fear.  Fear is not necessarily good or bad but rather should be viewed as a tool to achieve success and improve performance at work, school

MehraVista Moment: Suicide

MehraVista Moment September 2016   September is National Suicide Prevention Month.  Exact causes of escalating suicide rates are unknown.  What is known, however, is that awareness and strategic educational campaigns are significantly absent from academic settings, athletics, religious entities, physician groups, hospitals, social service agencies, insurance companies, and especially corporate America. Ironically and tragically, even many mission-driven behavioral health organizations turn a blind eye to the distress of their own employees. Why?  The complexity of moral, religious, social and medical beliefs surrounding suicide render it a topic that is taboo to be openly discussed. Irrespective of economic, social, spiritual or professional