Loneliness Kills

"Social connectivity does more for your health than quitting smoking." ~ Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front) We all want to be resilient. (Right???) Resilience is built by cultivating: Self-Care Spiritual Practices Social Support Therefore, we suffer when we don’t do the following: Invest in healthy habits for ourselves Cultivate spiritual practices [...]

By | May 24th, 2017|Sarah's Blog, Semper Sarah|0 Comments

Service Human In-Training part 3 – EPIC FAIL

"Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure." ~Napolean Hill   This morning I had the grand illusion of taking Eloise to someone else’s yoga class for the first time. The illusion part comes in where I thought it would be a seamless endeavor. ;)   I suppose I [...]

By | January 7th, 2017|Sarah's Blog, Semper Sarah|0 Comments

Balance is Bullsh*t – Logotherapy part 3

Wrestling with it is good.   Tension is necessary.   If we believe there is value in the conflict (often perceived as “darkness” when we’re in it), be it internal or external, it not only is bearable, the struggle will have meaning.   We are meaning-making beings after all. And my goodness, doesn’t this show [...]

By | January 4th, 2017|Sarah's Blog, Semper Sarah|0 Comments

Predictors of Depression Diagnoses and Symptoms in United States Female Veterans: Results from a National Survey and Implications for Programming

Research suggests that female veterans of the United States military are more likely than their male counterparts to report mental health concerns such as posttraumatic stress, depression and suicidal thoughts. The purpose of this study was to explore the interaction of service era (time period during which active duty service occurred), social support, and beliefs [...]

By | November 21st, 2016|Sarah's Blog, Semper Sarah|0 Comments

How Do We Fix Long Wait Times at VA Hospitals? An Unexpected Proposal…

In light of recent news here in CO (and across the US) that wait times at the VA are still egregiously long or are being manipulated to a point where veterans cannot utilize the Veterans Choice Act and seek covered care outside the VA medical system, I wanted to re-voice my concern over this issue because [...]

By | November 16th, 2016|Sarah's Blog, Semper Sarah|0 Comments

The Trauma Therapist Project with Dr. Guy Macpherson

What a fun podcast with Guy Macpherson, PhD on The Trauma Therapist Project talking resilience and mental health! We recorded this a few weeks ago, and it's now live on his site HERE.  You can also access it directly on the PodCast. There is a crack, a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in. Leonard Cohen Why [...]

By | August 10th, 2016|Sarah's Blog, Semper Sarah|0 Comments

Bulletproofing the Psyche: Mindfulness Interventions in the Training Environment to Improve Resilience in the Military and Veteran Communities

While clinical health services exist for service members with existing mental health conditions like posttraumatic stress, they are not stemming the rising tide of service suicides. A new approach to mental health intervention and suicide prevention in military-connected personnel is required, one that speaks to the participatory, hard-working ethos of military culture. Social work and [...]

By | February 7th, 2016|Semper Sarah|0 Comments

The Pistol or the Yoga Mat?

Originally posted January 4, 2016 by Yoga Service Council in Trauma-Informed Yoga / Veterans A couple of years ago, in a New Year’s Eve note to my readers on SemperSarah.com, I encouraged them to be vulnerable. Then, I decided, I was going to walk my talk. First, I shared this note with them. Then, I included an expanded version of it in my [...]

By | January 8th, 2016|Semper Sarah|0 Comments

Program Eval for Resilience Training for Military Veterans – As Published in the Californian Journal of Health Promotion

Developing, offering, and evaluating programs to cultivate resilience for military veterans and their families is work easy to love. New evaluation results are out, and we enjoyed being on a team that included the co-owners of Just Roll With It Wellness LLC, Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas & Semper Sarah Plummer Taylor, MSWc, as well as program community partner Team Red, [...]

By | September 1st, 2015|Semper Sarah|0 Comments