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October, 2013:Color's Changing!

 

            It is cooler outside at last and we are enjoying early autumn.  Everything seems ready for beautiful fall colors.  Even in the five boroughs of New York you can catch the explosion of glory in parks, with leaves fluttering in gold, crimson, green and brown.  But sometimes other colors catch our eye.  If you know someone who comes to work at Downstate wearing sunglasses to cover a black eye or who wears long sleeves to cover bruising, if it seems to recur, don’t be afraid to gently ask if the person is OK. 

            October 2013 is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  If no one says anything while noticing many things, which may or may not indicate abuse/assault, then a horrible outcome could occur where we may regret not having tried to help.  The best way to help is to offer to be there for the person, and to provide a pamphlet or website:

            http://www.ncadv.org/takeaction/DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth.php

            Another way children and young adults can be abused is through bullying.  With the number of forms of social media in play currently, there are persistent images and statements that can drive vulnerable youth to hurt themselves after unrelenting bullying. 
            160,000 kids stay home from school each day to avoid being bullied
Bullying can erode self-esteem, impact learning at school, cause anxiety and depression, even lead to suicide. PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center is making a difference for kids, their parents, and schools by uniting, engaging, and educating communities nationwide to prevent bullying. Last year, 1.4 million people in nearly 200 countries used its web-based tools, and PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month has become a high-profile annual event that raises awareness from coast to coast.
http://www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/
           
            To help end domestic violence and bullying, let’s spend time learning and instructing one another.  From the 14th to the 18th of October is National Health Education Week.  What better way to save a life, even one’s own, than to seek resources and assistance this month?  Let’s keep the colors we see around us, but help them to appear in ways that bring peace to the soul.  Enjoy these links for where in the five boroughs to catch the best autumn hues!
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/05/nyregion/05forest.html?_r=0
http://www.timeout.com/newyork/things-to-do/fall-foliage-where-to-see-the-leaves-change

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            http://media.timeout.com/images/resizeBestFit/100677821/660/370/image.jpgProspect Park, Brooklyn