Gun violence and gun control has become a highly politicized topic of discussion in America. In the past few years, as we lived through the COVID-19 pandemic,  there has been an increase in news coverage about school shootings, protests and demonstrations, police brutality and  deadly crimes.  According to the Pew Research Center, nearly half of Americans (48%) see gun violence as a major problem in the country. In our April 2022 episode of CHRIS 180’s Lunchtime Live Series,  four of the organization’s trauma-informed experts discussed  the work they do to prevent...

For a plain unit of language, the word “volunteer” does a lot by itself: It can be a noun, verb and adjective. (n.) a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service… a person who performs a service willingly and without pay. (adj.) 1: being, consisting of, or engaged in by volunteers; a volunteer army. 2: growing spontaneously without direct human control or supervision… growing without being seeded, planted, or cultivated by a person; springing up spontaneously: volunteer cauliflower. (v.) to offer oneself for some service or undertaking. The desire...

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic there has been an increase in mental health issues like anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder found in women. According to a study at the University of Chicago Medicine, “29% of women reported symptoms of depression and anxiety — nearly twice the estimated pre-pandemic rates. One in six women screened positive for symptoms of post-traumatic stress.” A panel of CHRIS 180 mental health experts including Markie Nickens, LMSW, Shanessa Crook, M.S., CMHC, Cindy Song, LMSW and Chief People Officer Queie Barnett, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, discussed...