emotional wellness

Dawn shares her thoughts on various topics through her Emotional Wellness column, published in the Middletown Transcript each month.


View past columns on the Middletown Transcript site or find them below.

October 28, 2017

“There should be…”

“Somebody should…”

“It would be great if…”

These three thoughts have been daily habitants of my mind for as long as I can remember.  And not just the thoughts but the subsequent desire to act, to do.  I mean if somebody should do something, I’m somebody...

September 29, 2017

In a previous column, I addressed many common misperceptions about domestic violence, and I’d like to summarize a few points and expound on the often unintentional victim-blaming that happens when people ask or not-so-subtly imply, “why doesn’t she just leave?”

First, t...

June 30, 2017

Earlier this month I finished the first season of the series 13 Reasons Why (13RY). Based on the fictional Jay Asher novel of the same name, this provocative series graphically and unapologetically depicts adolescent suicide, rape, victim blaming, substance abuse, drun...

May 26, 2017

Most people would prefer not to need a healthcare provider because when they do, it usually means something is amiss or interfering with their life. And unfortunately, this is even truer for mental healthcare for many people.

When I answer and return new calls to my pra...

April 28, 2017

Thanks to decades of awareness, prevention and advocacy efforts by victims, parents, schools, service programs, some politicians (Delaware’s own Joe Biden) and media coverage, the concept of sexual consent has become more familiar in recent years.  My first formal educ...

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