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Why Black Women Should Start Talking About Depression Now

Why Black Women Should Start Talking About Depression Now

I typed a text to my mom saying, “I don’t think I want to live anymore” then proceeded to turn off my phone. I was sitting in my bed surrounded in a puddle of tears ready to give up on life. With thoughts of suicide swimming through my head, it was at that moment, I […]

How Complaining Rewires Your Brain for Negativity

How Complaining Rewires Your Brain for Negativity

Research shows that most people complain once a minute during a typical conversation. Complaining is tempting because it feels good, but like many other things that are enjoyable — such as smoking or eating a pound of bacon for breakfast — complaining isn’t good for you. Your brain loves efficiency and doesn’t like to work any harder […]

Common Mental Health Issues In Women

Common Mental Health Issues In Women

If you are a woman experiencing depression, an anxiety disorder, or another mental health condition, you are not alone. According to a recent survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 29 million American women, or about 23 percent of the female population, have experienced a diagnosable mental health-related disorder in the last […]

World Mental Health Day : Psychological First Aid

World Mental Health Day : Psychological First Aid

When terrible things happen in our communities, we can reach out a helping hand to those who are affected. Perhaps you find yourself at the scene of an accident where people are hurt. Perhaps you are a health-care worker or teacher talking with someone from your community who has just witnessed the violent death of […]

Are You Guilty Of Self-Sabotage?

Are You Guilty Of Self-Sabotage?

Some things we do are bad for us. They may not seem bad, and we may not even know we are doing them. But these seemingly innocent things can bring us down, make us feel sad or angry or sabotage our lives. If you find yourself guilty of any of the following, it may be […]

Beyond Fight or Flight: When You’re Not the Textbook Version of PTSD

Beyond Fight or Flight: When You’re Not the Textbook Version of PTSD

I heard the voices of the professor and the students all around me. I couldn’t make out specific dialogue, but I was definitely aware of the drone. I myself was on the ceiling, floating. My home away from home since I was a kid. We’d been discussing the Fight or Flight Response in class. The professor explaining how in times of […]

The Fragility of our Mental Health…Are we really Paying Attention?

The world of mental health is as mysterious as it is fascinating. It is often misunderstood, feared, maligned, misjudged and sadly in many cases simply ignored. Even in the developed western world there is still a lot of stigma attached to it albeit there is more willingness to talk about it and engage with the […]

Mental Health Experts In Sierra Leone Aim To Pluck Out Heart Of Ebola Mystery

Mental Health Experts In Sierra Leone Aim To Pluck Out Heart Of Ebola Mystery

When Ebola struck Sierra Leone in 2014, its terror lay in its mystery. It was a gruesome disease that no one had seen before, and claimed lives without apparent cause or cure. But Mohamed Moray had a broader perspective. “It was just like the war,” he says, referring to the civil conflict of the 1990s, […]

Perfectly Hidden Depression: Are You Afraid Of The Stigma Of Mental Illness Or Of Revealing Vulnerability?

Perfectly Hidden Depression: Are You Afraid Of The Stigma Of Mental Illness Or Of Revealing Vulnerability?

Stigma. It’s defined as “a mark of disgrace.” In the recent survey I conducted on the likelihood of people admitting depression and/or seeking treatment, what did 43.8 percent of women state as the Number 1 reason for not telling someone they were depressed? “Others would think I am weak or think less of me.“ Aka […]

This Is Exactly Why Companies Should Take Mental Health Seriously

This Is Exactly Why Companies Should Take Mental Health Seriously

You spend the majority of your weekday waking hours at work — shouldn’t your mental health be a priority while you’re there? The workplace can be particularly stressful, and if you’re not careful, it can lead to burnout. That’s why it’s important to manage your mental wellbeing during your nine-to-five. But don’t just take our […]

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