Self-awareness is a fundamental aspect of personal growth and development. Your sense of self is derived from your day-to-day experiences, personal history, cultural background, education, and parental influence. By becoming aware of these influences and understanding how they shape your thoughts and emotions, you can gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your place in the world. This understanding can help you make more intentional choices that align with your values and goals.

In turn, this self-awareness can positively impact the communities in which you participate. By understanding your own beliefs, values, and perspectives, you can more effectively engage with others and build meaningful relationships. This can lead to the formation of healthy communities that are built on trust, respect, and mutual understanding. Conversely, participating in these communities can provide opportunities for self-discovery and personal growth, as you encounter new perspectives and ways of thinking.

Therefore, cultivating self-awareness and participating in healthy communities are two interrelated aspects of personal growth and social connection. By being aware of yourself and engaging with others in meaningful ways, you can positively impact both yourself and the world around you. The following are some examples of ways I am involved in building relationships within my community:

RESULTS Volunteer Advocating for health and education in the poorest communities.

NYC Medical Reserve Corps Mental health first responder within the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response in New York City.

Honorary Citation by the Office of the President State Senator Kevin S. Parker presented an an honorary recognition to Dr. Sahar Khoshakhlagh from the Office of the President of the Borough of Brooklyn for her assistance in the implementation of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) within the behavioral health community.

Rallying for Better Crisis Interventions Spoke at a rally to promote Crisis Intervention Teams to help the NYPD better respond to the “more than 100,000 emotionally distressed person (EDP) calls that they receive annually.”

Certificate of Recognition and Profound Gratitude by John Volpe, Special Advisor DOHMH and Theresa Tobin, Deputy Chief NYPD for supporting the NYPD Crisis Intervention Program, and its mission to train NYC police officers to effectively interact with individuals with behavioral health issues, October 2015

Survivors of Gun Violence: SHOT by Kathy Shorr photographed survivors of gun violence. Her book portrays 101 survivors, aged 8 to 80, from different racial backgrounds and communities within the United States. Most survivors were photographed at the location of violence. Dr. K is one of the 101 survivors.

CCIT Press Conference Rallies Support for Passage of Essential Legislation: Sahar joined Senator Parker in support of the legislative bill that would require crisis teams in NYC.

Woman Shot By NYPD Pens Letter to Mayor Supporting CCIT: Sahar's interview on ABC here, and her letter to Mayor De Blasio and Commissioner Bratton.

Building Communities through Community awareness