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Local efforts to help Ukrainians heal from PTSD; First Coast Success; The Soul’s Beauty; Disney legislation; Alcohol Awareness Month; local sports

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This image from video shows civilians and servicemen waiting for an Orthodox priest to bless traditional Easter cakes and painted eggs prepared for Easter celebration at a church of St. Alexander Nevsky in Mariupol, Donetsk People's Republic, in an area controlled by Russian-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine, Sunday, April 24, 2022.

An initiative with local volunteers is bringing treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to the people of Ukraine.

The treatment is called the Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories Protocol — or RTM — and uses a short visualization process to retrieve and alter memory.

Volunteers in the U.S. are working with mental health professionals in Ukraine as they try to help a deeply traumatized population.

Guest: Robin Hampton, acting director of education and training with the R & R Project.

First Coast Success

Joe Hyman of Vizergy is a top digital entrepreneur in the city — but he spent the '90s fighting the computerization of his workplace.


The Soul’s Beauty

The Russian invasion sent some Ukrainian refugees to South Florida, including Miss Ukraine International. Now located in West Palm Beach, Elena Dunder wants to help as many Ukrainian children as possible. Dunder founded The Soul’s Beauty to support and send assistance to Ukrainian children.

Guest: Elena Dunder, Miss Ukraine International and founder of The Soul’s Beauty.

DeSantis signs Disney legislation

The Florida legislature sent Gov. Ron DeSantis two pieces of legislation last week aimed at punishing the Walt Disney Corp. Disney, the state’s largest private employer, voiced opposition last month to a controversial new law limiting instruction of sexual orientation and gender identity in public schools.

Guest: Sarah Mueller, WFSU reporter.

Alcohol Awareness Month

This month is Alcohol Awareness Month. In our current climate, where anxiety and uncertainty are prominent, alcohol abuse is rising. Women tend to experience bigger increases in depressive and anxiety disorders, and the last two years have only accelerated the problem. Some are turning to alcohol to cope.

Guest: Dr. Lantie Jorandby, chief medical officer of Lakeview Health Recovery Center; regular contributor to Psychology Today.

Local sports

WJCT Sports Analyst Josh Torres joined us with updates on NFL draft week, NHL playoffs and more.

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