Crux: Growing Older & Exploring Solitude

Crux this week…

Crux 11 explored the stigma behind solitude. Solitude is a relationship with yourself. This week participants were challenged to discover a rich self-experience with the option of expressing their creative self. During workshop, participants played a game of Jenga with a twist of “self-love”. This initiative encouraged participants to practice empathy, compassion, and honesty. Participants learned about themselves and became more comfortable spending time with themselves.

Crux 12 continued their process of learning how to transition into an independent lifestyle. This week, participants had the opportunity to visit Gallatin College (GC). During the visit, groups addressed some of the stigmas behind applying to college as well as what opportunities GC can provide participants. Participants gained a better understanding of the admissions process and what are the positives of attending GC. The second half of the GC visit included instruction about financial aid FAFSA. FAFSA plays a huge role in providing the financial opportunity for our participants to attend college.

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Hard Conversations: Suicide

Dr. Gerald Brown (Doc Brown) is the owner of Inner Compass Counseling, Coaching, and Consulting PLLC in Cornelius, NC, and Statesville, NC. He believes in helping individuals, couples, and families find meaning and integrate that meaning with various resiliencies in order to live purposefully and vibrantly. Below is an excerpt he wrote from an article about talking to your child about suicide.

“There are few things as difficult and terrifying to a parent as the idea that your child at some point may commit suicide. And when something is frightening, we have a tendency to avoid it. However, when it comes to suicide, it is imperative for us as parents to confront the realities of suicide and the importance of reducing the stigma of mental health and wellness in general. Adolescent/youth mental health is important as suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people ages 10-24. Ignoring the suicide conversation is like taking your child to the beach without reviewing rip currents/undertow/water safety because the discussion of drowning makes you uncomfortable”

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Always remember to tell your child (and yourself) the following each day:

  1. Believe in yourself

  2. Love yourself

  3. You were born for special reasons

  4. Look for ways to help others today

  5. Your primary purpose is to discover what your unique talents are (that no one else in the world has)

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