A Young Woman’s Journey to Recovery

Gwen is first tentative as she approaches conversation. The young woman, now 22, was betrayed and hurt by those she treasured the most, and her trauma is palpable. One year after her best friend Abbe was brutally killed, Gwen has every reason to be cautious. But when she glances over at Susan Raphael, her former … Continue reading A Young Woman’s Journey to Recovery

How the Nature of Alcohol Nurtured my Young Addiction

Bemelman's Bar, a place I went for fun and comfort.  Susan B. Raphael Reminiscent of a playful kaleidoscope, the sparkling booze-filled bottles that lined the wall tempted my youthful will. There was something magical about that glass wall at Bemelman’s – a former Toronto hotspot – where I once lunched with my father after visiting … Continue reading How the Nature of Alcohol Nurtured my Young Addiction

Five Invisible Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress

Amani Omejer writer, cartoonist, health activist 04/10/2017 12:56 BST | Updated 04/10/2017 12:56 BST Healing developmental trauma is this all consuming maze that I'm walking through, where nobody has a map for, because no healing maze is the same. People can offer insights into their own experiences, they can offer me a look at my … Continue reading Five Invisible Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress