Hospice of Santa Barbara provides a wide range of support not just to individuals facing terminal and chronic illness, but to their families as well. Many of the Hospice’s programs focus on the needs of children as they work through the impending or recent passing of a loved one. About 20 percent of children under 18 experience the death of a loved one, and one in 20 children must handle the loss of one or both parents before they reach adulthood. Kenny Slaught notes that Hospice of Santa Barbara endeavors to provide families and individuals in these situations with free mentorship through numerous programs, helping individuals cope with grief to avoid or reduce depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Kenny Slaught has endorsed Hospice of Santa Barbara as they work to build an active presence at local school campuses of all levels, from elementary school to college. Program leaders visit campuses and organize weekly support groups for students experiencing traumatic or complex scenarios and requiring a safe space in which to discuss their thoughts and feelings. On-campus volunteers aim to create an open atmosphere that encourage self-reflection and boost critical coping skills. The necessary coping skills help adolescents avoid drugs, alcohol, and other forms of self-medication. In addition to direct work with students, the hospice volunteers deliver training to faculty and staff members on how to effectively communicate with students who are dealing with trauma and how to handle their questions about death, most notably violent deaths and suicide. Each of the 65 schools in the Hospice of Santa Barbara network can call on the organization around the clock to respond to a traumatic situation quickly and efficiently.

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Renowned real estate investor and visionary philanthropist, Kenny Slaught has been demonstrating a lifelong commitment to contributing to the Californian communities where his firm does business. In following his corporate social responsibility mission, he has been a continued advocate of the Hospice of Santa Barbara and their initiative, ‘The Youth Bereavement Outreach Program’. Slaught’s efforts to increase public awareness of importance of children’s emotional wellbeing include recently promotion of the program via his blog at KennySlaught.com.

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Kenny Slaught notes that “When children lose a loved one, it can feel like their lives will never be the same again. Their grief may seem insurmountable.” To help stand strong against these hardships, the I Have a Friend mentor program matches children and adolescents in this situation with a trained adult volunteer who went through a similar loss at a young age. This volunteer becomes a companion and works with the child throughout the grief process, providing a truly relatable point of view. The relationships built through this program often are indispensable as the child continues to face hardships for many years.

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Research has proven that unaddressed grief can have a serious impact on children and teenagers’ functioning and personality. When these young people have not developed the coping skills they need to process grief, they may fall into violence, drugs, or alcohol. Offering a healthy outlet, I Have a Friend offers these children the opportunity to form a real bond with someone who has experienced a similar deep loss. Highlighting the significance of this program, Kenny Slaught writes, “Recognizing that the child’s life will never be the same, the mentor offers a positive example for how to process and deal with the pain of loss. The mentor serves as a symbol that happiness and wholeness can be achieved no matter how the child may feel in the years immediately following a major loss.”

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Property investor and Founder of Investec Real Estate Companies, Kenny Slaught has formerly served on the board of the Santa Barbara Hospice Foundation, and is a committed supported of Hospice of Santa Barbara. The avid philanthropist recently wrote of his enthusiastic approval of the organization’s ‘I Have a Friend Program’ on his blog at KennySlaught.com.

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“The professionals at Hospice of Santa Barbara strive to provide the highest level of service to clients by offering effective, cutting-edge therapies,” Kenny Slaught noted on his blog, praising the work of the organization. “Dealing with grief and loss is extremely difficult, but a new therapy has emerged to help individuals through difficult times.” Veterans with PTSD experience overwhelming and painful emotions whenever they remember their past trauma. Those dealing with loss and grief frequently have similar reactions to painful emotional triggers. With EMDR, these negative emotions can be mitigated via the use of dual stimulation—both bilateral eye movements and tones or taps. In therapy sessions, clients recall past traumas in a safe environment while focusing on an external stimulus of the tone or tap. Practitioners then assist clients in finding new insight about the difficult emotions and make more positive associations with current triggers.

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Property investment expert and dedicated philanthropist, Kenny Slaught has recently discussed on his blog at KennySlaught.com the new state-of-the-art therapy available for veterans at Hospice of Santa Barbara. Called eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), the modality has been used effectively to treat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The therapy uses eye movements in a unique way to process trauma and reframe the raw, vivid imagery associated with it in the hippocampus. As a result, the brain “re-files” the painful memory and individuals can deal with the trauma in a more objective manner.

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Property investment expert and dedicated philanthropist, Kenny Slaught has recently discussed on his blog at KennySlaught.com the new state-of-the-art therapy available for veterans at Hospice of Santa Barbara. Called eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), the modality has been used effectively to treat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The therapy uses eye movements in a unique way to process trauma and reframe the raw, vivid imagery associated with it in the hippocampus. As a result, the brain “re-files” the painful memory and individuals can deal with the trauma in a more objective manner.

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The project will maintain the historical character of the physical building, while providing state-of-the-art upgrades. In addition, enhancements like seismic upgrades allow both the building and the tens of thousands of pieces of art inside to be better protected. The project is creating 25 percent more gallery space to make the museum an even more important center inside Santa Barbara’s community. In total, the renovation project is the most comprehensive effort ever undertaken by the museum, notes Kenny Slaught.

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