Worcester’s LIFT to open outpatient clinic for mental, behavioral health for survivors of the sex trade with $35,000 grant

Living in Freedom Together, a Worcester-based survivor-led organization working to end the sex trade, is planning to open a first-of-its-kind outpatient clinic for mental and behavioral health specifically for victims and survivors of prostitution, officials said.

The announcement comes after LIFT was awarded $35,000 from Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association through their Healthy Relationships Community Grant initiative.

Those dollars will support LIFT in opening the outpatient clinic at its flagship site, HARBOR.

“I am profoundly grateful and impressed by the generosity and support by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association of the Outpatient Clinic’s opening. Not only will this funding help us get the Outpatient Clinic started, but this sends a major message to new audiences that supporting mental health services, and prioritizing survivor’s access to mental health services, should be a priority to our nation,” said Nicole Bell, LIFT’s

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How to maximize your ‘health span’

We’re living longer on average, but the number of years we’re healthy hasn’t kept up. This lagging “health span ” translates into more time living with serious illness and disabilities at the end of our lives.

This can have significant repercussions for our retirements. Some of us will have our working lives cut short by ill health, reducing how much money we can save for our futures. Others will face big bills for medical and nursing home care. Then there is the emotional toll of struggling with poor health rather than traveling, visiting the grandkids and engaging in all the other activities we’d planned for our golden years.

It doesn’t necessarily have to be this way. Many of the biggest risk factors for poor health are within our power to modify, prevent or control, says R. Dale Hall , managing director of the Society of Actuaries Research Institute, which provides

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Kansas City Facebook show shares vegan recipes, health tips

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Stacey Hardman, center, her son Todd Ashley and daughter Raven Ashley were celebrating the Chiefs’ win over the Greenbay Packers during Hardman’s “KC Girl on the Move” vegan cooking show. Sabrina Fountain, at right, was the videographer.

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Celebrating KC’s Black-owned businesses

Meet several Black business owners in the Kansas City area: a partnership between The Kansas City Star and Black Kansas City Magazine.

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First, Stacey Hardman stopped eating pork.

Then she gave up beef. Turkey and chicken followed, and then, finally, dairy products.

It’s been two years since Hardman went vegan in an effort to get healthy.

Now, she’s using social media to show people, in Kansas City and beyond, the joys of plant-based eating.

“Food shapes how you think,” Hardman said. “Whatever you put into your system, it is a different way you are throughout the day.”

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A Healthier Community Is Perhaps a Click Away | Healthiest Communities Health News

It’s no secret that the pandemic exacerbated the need for mental health resources for many of us. Simultaneously, there is a shortage of mental health professionals able to meet true patient demand. In fact, an American Psychological Association analysis estimates that for everyone who needs support to have it, we’d need to add 20,220 more psychologists by 2030, above the baseline estimated need of 101,120 – and those estimates were published in 2018.

We simply don’t have enough people to help all the people who need help. And addressing these needs is not a one-size-fits-all approach: A full 55% of employees in the U.S. workforce are languishing somewhere on the spectrum of needing some level of mental health support, according to SilverCloud Health’s 2021 Employee Mental Health and Wellbeing Checkup.

With that in mind, I’d like to share some of the basics about mental health support, as well as

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