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United and Resilient
59 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
Mindful Eating & Healthy Habits
Welcome back to another episode of United and Resilient. For this month’s episode, we highlight one of our wonderful community partners the YWCA of El Paso. Thanks to our partnership, FRC participants are eligible to receive free fitness classes at their locations.Today we welcome, Scott Smith Certified Personal Trained and Nutrition Coach at the YWCA. Throughout our conversation, we discuss how nutrition can boost and improve our mental health.Featured this month on our "Where were you on August 3rd?" intermission segment, is Iris Lopez, KVIA Anchor and Mija, Yes You Can founder. Listen today, to hear her personal account personal account on the day of the August 3rd, 2019 tragedy.Thank you, for listening.
52 minutes | Aug 4, 2021
Love for El Paso - August 3rd Remembrance
As we hit the two-year mark of August 3rd, 2019, we want El Pasoans to know that the El Paso United Family Resiliency Center continues to offer support to the borderland community during these difficult times. In this episode, we talk to Congresswoman Veronica Escobar, who reflects on a tragic day that is now part of our history. We talk about the importance of mental health in our borderland and the meaning of resiliency. We also discuss the impact this tragedy had on our community and how she was able to process everything as a leader - but more importantly, as an El Pasoan.During our "Where were you on August 3rd?" intermission segment, Ames Davis, Red Cross West Texas Region Chief Executive Officer, shares her account of August 3rd, 2019 and the impact the community’s response had on her.
46 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
From Physical to Mental Health
Welcome back to another episode of United and Resilient.For this month’s episode, we highlight one of our wonderful community partners the YMCA of El Paso. Thanks to our partnership, FRC participants are eligible to receive free memberships and join fitness classes at their locations.Today we welcome, Bill Coon, President and CEO of YMCA El Paso. Throughout our conversation, discuss how can physical health boost and improve our mental health.During our "Where were you on August 3rd?" intermission segment, Lisa Sanchez, radio host for KLAQ 95.5 FM, through her testimony, she shares her experience on the day of the August 3rd tragedy and the days that followed.
49 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
You are not Alone
As part of our long-term goals, the El Paso United Family Resiliency Center is committed to reducing the stigmas that surround mental health and provide education that can help community members navigate their healing journey. For this month's episode, we’ll speak with Isidro Torres, Executive Director of NAMI El Paso. In our conversation we discuss how we can provide support and guidance to a loved one who is dealing with a mental illness. How can we start the conversation in our dinner tables without being invasive and how can we take care of ourselves while taking care of others? During our "Where were you on August 3rd?" intermission segment, Jorge Salgado, former El Paso Inc, now freelance photographer, details his experience on the day of the August 3rd tragedy and the days that followed.
62 minutes | May 5, 2021
Coping with Anxiety
As part of our long-term goals, the El Paso United Family Resiliency Center is focused on increasing the understanding of mental health by providing education on the signs of trauma-induced stress, as well as removing stigmas. We understand that anxiety is a natural response to stress, however, how can we cope and identify signs of stress?For this month’s episode we have an insightful conversation with Jazmin Silva, a local LPC and Registered Child Therapist from Counseling El Paso.We speak on anxiety and other stress indicators and throughout our conversation, Jazmine explains to us what anxiety really is. We also share tools and education that can help us navigate our emotions whenever we manifest anxiety within.Additionally, during our "Where were you on August 3rd?" intermission segment, we have the privilege of listening in on Bishop Mark Seitz of the Catholic Diocese of El Paso's moving personal account of his experience on the day of the August 3rd tragedy.
56 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
Sexual Assault Awareness at the Borderland
During the month of April, the FRC joins national efforts in raising awareness on sexual assault. The FRC understands that abuse and violence can come in different shapes and forms. It is important to recognize that, sexual assault can touch the lives of many, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, age or race. For this episode, we have a touching but insightful conversation with Sandra Garcia, Executive Director of Center Against Sexual and Family Violence (CASFV). Throughout our conversation we speak on the common stigmas that surround sexual assault and the importance of creating safe spaces for our youth to be educated and listened to. We’ll also discuss how we can move from awareness to action that can transcend and make a huge impact in our society.
68 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
The El Paso United Family Resiliency Center (FRC) recognizes the importance of setting the standards now to prepare for possible future adversities.As part of our long-term goals, the FRC works towards creating partnerships and sharing experiences to build capacity in other communities responding to similar situations.In this episode, we have an honest conversation with Ryan Logan, Director for Recovery Services at the American Red Cross. We’ll discuss lessons learned from our border region and how we can find healing by providing support and guidance to other communities.
44 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
Mental Health for First Responders
At the FRC we recognize that providing care to others during a tragedy like August 3rd can lead to stress, anxiety, fear, and other emotions. Coping with these emotions can affect the mental health of our first responders, the care they give to others while on field, and the well-being of their loved ones outside work.During this episode we talk to one of the FRC’s wonderful community partners, Dr. Deborah Ontiveros, founder of West Texas Responders Alliance (WTRA). Throughout our conversation, we talk about the importance of recognizing what stress looks like and how to take steps to build resilience. We also discuss the current stigmas surrounding mental health among first responders and what family, friends, and the community can do to help them cope.
56 minutes | Jan 5, 2021
Healing Through Body Movement
As we welcome the new year, we’ll continue to have conversations with local leaders and mental health specialists that can provide guidance and support to all El Pasoans. For this month’s episode, we’ll talk with one of our wonderful partners, Deborah Grado. Deborah Grado is a local yoga instructor who provides gentle yoga sessions through our FRC to anyone in the community who is interested.Deborah Grado is a 500-hour registered yoga teacher and wellness advocate who began her yoga journey in 2010. Through a combination of alignment and energetic based cues, Deb encourages vulnerability and curiosity to turn inward while exploring the physical self without judgement.Through this episode we’ll discuss yoga and how it can benefit an individual’s journey to long-term recovery. We’ll also talk about why yoga can be considered a non-traditional therapy and how it can boost your mental health. You can listen to this episode and many more in your favorite streaming platform.
62 minutes | Dec 1, 2020
Grief and the Holidays
At El Paso United FRC, we understand the holidays can magnify any loss including losing a loved one.For our last episode of the year, we discuss grief during the holidays with local LPC-S, Gerardo Rosas. Gerardo Rosas specializes in grief and loss and is CEO of Associated Behavioral and Trauma Specialties.In this episode, we discuss the natural grieving process among children and adults and what that can look like during a time typically associated with cheer, joy and family traditions. We also learn how there’s no right path to grief for any type of loss and talk about how we can cope and validate our emotions during the holiday season.elpasounited.org
41 minutes | Nov 1, 2020
Healing Through Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies
In our last episode we introduced one of the non-traditional therapies that we provide through our FRC. We discussed what non-traditional therapies are and how beneficial they can be to an individual’s journey to long-term recovery. As mentioned before, at the FRC we believe non-traditional therapy can support and boost the positive effects of traditional therapy.In this episode, we continue this discussion, but now, we highlight Compadres Therapy. Compadres Therapy is a local non-profit that offers custom built equine assisted activities and therapies services in our region.Through this episode we’ll discuss what is equine assisted activities and therapies and how it can benefit an individual’s healing journey. We’ll also talk about why equine assisted activities and therapies can be considered a non-traditional therapy and how it can boost mental health.elpasounited.org
56 minutes | Oct 6, 2020
Healing Through Art
In past episodes we have discussed non-traditional therapies. At the FRC, we strongly believe that non-traditional therapies segue to traditional therapy and can support it.We have partnered with different organizations in the community to provide programming in non-traditional therapies that encourages healing and resiliency.For this episode, we introduce you to one of our wonderful partners, Creative Kids, a local non-profit educational community-based art agency located in El Paso.Through this episode we’ll discuss the importance of providing a safe space where children can express their emotions through art. We also talk about the benefits of art therapy and how it can boost children’s mental health.
42 minutes | Sep 2, 2020
Our Resiliency Navigators are the heart and soul of the El Paso United Family Resiliency Center and throughout this episode we’ll learn more about their role at the FRC and how they help those impacted directly or indirectly by August 3rd.In this episode we discuss how our Navigators connect individuals and families to programs and services that address their specific needs.Throughout this episode not only do we learn the type of referrals our navigators are prepared to make during their case management, but we also learn a little more about their backgrounds. They discuss their philosophies and approaches in supporting participants on their journey and talk to us about their thoughts on the meaning of building resiliency.Tune in to learn more about our amazing navigators, their passion for our border community and their heartfelt work.
71 minutes | Aug 3, 2020
Together We Remember. Together We Heal.
As we reach the one-year mark of August 3rd, we wanted to take the time to reflect on the past year. For this episode, we invited two of El Paso’s top local leaders whose voices you might instantly recognize – Mayor Dee Margo and County Judge Ricardo Samaniego. Separately, they both recall a day that is now part of our history. We discuss the impact this tragedy had in our community and how they were able to process everything as leaders, but more importantly, as El Pasoans. Tune in to learn more about these two remarkable El Pasoans, who have a deep love and dedication to our community. elpasounited.org
49 minutes | Jul 10, 2020
Children's Mental Health in the Borderland: Part Two
Welcome to the second part of this month's episode. In our last episode, we started the conversation about tending to one's mental health. We encouraged our audience to seek help when needed. In the same way, we believe children's mental health is equally as important to discuss on UNITED & RESILIENT and wanted to dedicate a full episode to this topic. On this episode, we speak to El Paso Child Guidance Center’s Therapist, Abril Pardon. Abril walks us through how we can have an open conversation with our children about their feelings and emotions.Through our conversation, we learn what are some of the signs of trauma we need to be on the lookout and how we can incorporate self-care activities for our children during these unprecedented times.Tune in to learn more about the importance of children’s mental health.
54 minutes | Jul 7, 2020
Mental Health in the Borderland: Part One
As we near the one-year mark of August 3rd, we want to take the time to discuss the importance of mental health as well encourage individuals to have an open dialogue about seeking mental health.On this episode, we speak to Emergence Health Network’s Chief of Clinical Services, Celeste Nevarez. Celeste walks us through what mental health means, the benefits of focusing on it and how we can openly discuss it with friends and family.Through our conversation, we learn the ways in which our mental health is equally as important as physical health. We’ll also discuss current stigmas that surround mental health in our region and how can we begin to erase those stigmas from our community.Tune in to learn more about the importance of focusing on our mental health, especially during these unprecedented times.elpasounited.org
37 minutes | Jun 10, 2020
A Start of A Resilient Journey
During this episode we introduce our audience to the El Paso United Family Resiliency Center (FRC) which was created to help those directly and indirectly impacted by the August 3rd tragedy.We’ll talk to United Way of El Paso County’s President & CEO Deborah Zuloaga and the organization’s Vice-President of Community Impact, Christina Lamour. Deborah and Christina walk us through the history and background of how United Way of El Paso County was entrusted with such a unique program like the El Paso United Family Resiliency Center.Through our conversations, we learn the importance of being a united and resilient community. We discuss United Way’s role during August 3rd, their emergency response and ongoing commitment to El Pasoans during these unprecedented times. We talk about the meaning of long-term recovery for a unique city like El Paso and what are the next steps for the El Paso United Family Resiliency Center.Tune in to learn more about the FRC and the services they provide to the El Paso community.elpasounited.org
4 minutes | May 27, 2020
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The El Paso United Family Resiliency Center (FRC) is a place of healing and support dedicated to serving as a resource to those directly & indirectly impacted by the tragedy of August 3, 2019. Learn more at elpasounited.org
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