Vigil for Community Mental Wellness - Shared screen with speaker view
What do those certifications mean?
CPFS is Certified Peer & Family Specialist. CAC is Certified Addiction Counselor.
How much alike we all are - similar feelings of being inadequate no matter who we are.
I am touched by both Barb and Ursula's commitment to sharing their gifts with the community through volunteer work and in daily ways.
I know from personal experience that we all need a second chance. And help is needed from all of us.
Everyone deserves infinitely many chances to discover and share their gifts. There is no such thing as a person who is not redeemable
My heart aches for the pain Barb and Ursula have and have gone through. And I know they are representatives for many other women. I want there to be resources in our community to help pepople in pain. One thing that struck me was that "every sentence is a life sentence" in that the continuing restrictions and barriers extend so far beyone the judicial sentence that was supposed to pay their "debt to society." Is it ever paid in full? What about society's debt to these women?
The courage and bravery to heal and become resilient. I hear my story in both Barb and Ursula. Together as women we can make a change in our society and we need to do it now.
Loved hearing from all the speakers tonight! Powerful stuff. I love women empowering other women and the discussion to break down the barriers!
How important it is to not put people "in a box"
Barb used 2 circle images - a "whirlpool" of trauma (downward, never ending), and a "spiral" of healing (upward, continuously transformative) (my words in parentheses). Those are 2 beautiful, useful, helpful images for me as well as connect in my gut and heart with a sense of hopelessness/despair or hope/empowerment/support.
I would just like to add how grateful I am for the opportunity to speak and share I learn something new about myself every time I do and it has been a huge part of my healing process
Ursula, you conveyed such a sense of courage when you talked about the barriers you have worked to break down for yourself also help pave the way to break down for others
I'm Hearing there is not just trauma before incarceration but being incarcerated in it self is traumatizing. Why is it that there isn't trauma treatment provided.
Barb, I appreciate hearing how you FELT on medications - including memory loss...
This was a beautiful and courageous share that touched my heart. I have started an organization to coach youth on the many topics that were touched on in hopes of preventing mental health issues for many.
I think our society needs much more awareness of the marginalization of ex-offenders.
Being a woman in recovery myself, we are taught that the disease of addiction is harder on a woman because it takes us down faster. Recovery can be the same if you past mistakes are hanging around your neck. My hat is off to Ursula and Barb for breaking those barriers for the women that are coming up behind us. With the support of our state reps, it's good to know positive changes are coming; the women of Colorado are being heard.
So grateful to Barb and Ursula for sharing your stories and for being honest with us all. Thank you for your courage/vulnerability
Barb, I appreciated that you said when you were medicated, others couldn't even get a sense of what you needed
Lisa I think that is something overlooked