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Making Stigma History

TW: Mention of depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, psychosis, mass shootings, and violence.  The stigma around anxiety and depression has impacted my healing journey. At 17, it discouraged me from asking my parents for help, ended my friendships, and left me feeling alone. At 22, it caused me to doubt my ability to be successful. At 25, […]

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Redefining Normal: Living Authentically with Invisible Disabilities

When people hear the word “disabled,” they typically think of people who are visibly disabled. However, people who are dealing with more invisible disabilities are often overlooked because of the assumption that they are not disabled. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), reauthorized in 2004, recognizes 14 disability categories. The first category is low-incidence […]

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Helping a Struggling Friend

Oftentimes, it can be a struggle to broach difficult subjects with our friends. However, now more than ever, discussing mental health is incredibly important, especially for teens. In 2021, over 29% of teens struggled with mental health, with LGBTQIA+ teens (52%) and girls (41%) being two of the groups most affected. As such, being there […]

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Crisis: A Catalyst for Change

CW: Mention of suicide, and suicide ideation.  Crisis. The word itself is daunting and complicated, presenting itself uniquely in the experience of each individual. Crisis can take on many forms: perhaps it may look like suicidal ideation, relationship turmoil, financial strain, personal loss, or overbearing stress. These are just a few of the many examples […]

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Academic Anxiety

Data shows that approximately 32% of teens suffer from anxiety, and that this number is expected to grow. Academic anxiety is a subset of generalized anxiety resulting from schoolwork or stress related to schoolwork. A 2015 Cornell University study identified four components of academic anxiety: Worry: Thoughts that prevent you from successfully studying or completing […]

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Mental Health Awareness

Every fall, we have a couple of back-to-back awareness months surrounding mental health. While September is dedicated to suicide prevention awareness, October focuses on mental health more broadly. With World Mental Health Day coming up on October 10th, we’re trying to spread some awareness! Spreading awareness is important because it offers connection to community, education, […]

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