How Do You Heal?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy, The Philadelphia Citizen | August 1, 2019

Stoneleigh Fellow Ted Corbin is featured by The Philadelphia Citizen in a piece about Healing Hurt People’s new social media campaign to share stories of healing from trauma.

I could still see that vision so clearly in my head. Everything. What he was wearing, the car, the blood splatters…It just plays over and over and over. How do I heal from that?”

Khyle, a young African American man, in a white t-shirt with headphones hanging from his ears, is talking about trauma. He’s recalling the day, when he was a child, that he saw someone close to him shot and killed in front of him, and the years that followed—an adolescence of pushing forward, lashing out, never being asked about what he was feeling. “I was raised as ‘suck it up, suck it up, keep moving,’” he says.

Eventually, Khyle found Healing Hurt People, a Drexel University program co-founded by doctors John Rich and Ted Corbin, and started on the road to recovery. But it wasn’t just HHP that set Khyle on the path to healing. It was friendship—and realizing, Khyle says, that “You’re not the only one going through it.”

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