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Depression

Mental Health Stigma & What To Do About It

by Anna Yoni Jeffries When many people hear the words “mental health,” they think of a “crazed” individual who is unfit to live amongst others socially. Characters with mental illnesses are often sensationalized in the media and in fictional stories, exacerbating the stigma that already exists. The recent popular horror film Midsommar, for example, has…

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Women’s Mental Health Concerns are Often Dismissed: Here’s What to Do About It

by Nia Spencer As a woman, I find that my mental health concerns often get brushed off or dismissed by professionals. Studies show that women are twice as likely as men to experience depression, and although hormonal changes alone cannot account for depression, women’s mental health concerns are nonetheless frequently dismissed as merely hormonal. Dr.…

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5 Ways to Help a Friend with Depression

by Ari Borhanian We’ve talked before on this blog about the surprising commonality of depression. Over time, many people have moved passed the general misconceptions of what individuals suffering from depression are experiencing. With 17.3 million adults affected by depression every year, it’s no wonder it’s become a major part of the conversation. But while…

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How Support Systems Benefit Recovery

by Ari Borhanian It’s easy to feel alone when coping with mental illness. The sense of otherness and general isolation can not only make it harder to get the help you need in seeking recovery, but can make your symptoms worse. This isn’t just the case with depression, either: whether you have anxiety, substance abuse…

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Speak Up: How to Talk to Your Family About Mental Health

by Nia Spencer Talking to your family about something personal is never easy, especially with touchy topics like mental health and sexuality. There is so much stigma around these subjects that often we hold things in—which usually causes more harm than good. One strategy is to write it out. When we can’t find the words…

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