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    Changing the Conversation

    Christina Murphy

    Christina Murphy
    Christina has more than 15 years of experience directing mission-based communications and policy strategies, managing community initiatives, and organizing coalitions to end homelessness and hunger for children and families. She has worked in the US Senate and MA Senate and on a statewide gubernatorial campaign. She has a Master of Management from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and a BA from Tufts University.

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    Supporting Families with New Babies: We All Have a Role to Play

    May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. Nearly 44 million American adults and an estimated 13 –20 percent of children living in the United States (up to 1 out of 5 children) experience a mental disorder in a given year. According to Postpartum Progress, one in seven new mothers experience postpartum depression or a related illness and the rate for women of low socioeconomic status increases to one in four.

    May is also a significant month in my family. This year, I turned 40, and my oldest daughter turned 5. I have been thinking about Mental Health Awareness Month and these milestones, reflecting on how my life changed when I became a mom and who supported our family along the way…

    Understanding Trauma through the Eyes of a Watertown Resident

    This week is the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing and the gunfight and manhunt in Watertown that followed a few days later. When I remember this time 3 year ago, I think of the people at the finish line—those who were lost, others who survived the traumas, and the people who risked their lives to help strangers—and most importantly the resiliency shown by so many.

    As a Watertown resident, I also think of my experience being on “lock down” in my home. I live close enough to the location of the gunfight that my husband heard the sounds as they occurred. I was awakened by helicopters flying low over my house in the middle of the night.

    Integrating LGBTQ Youth into the Mental Health System: What I Learned from Marc Dones’ Webcast

    Throughout this week's webcast, Marc articulated the importance of understanding and integrating the experiences and needs of LGBTQ youth in the mental health system in several ways that grabbed my attention and gave me new ideas and perspectives.

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