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Depression, Substance Misuse & Success
Aug 26, 2022

Success tends to be inaccurately equated with perfection. The truth is it comes only after walking a path riddled with countless obstacles and failures by a flawed individual known as the human being. And it doesn’t matter which endeavor one chooses to pursue—engineering, medicine, or professional sports—we all travel along a path and none of […]

Mental Health & LGBTQ+ Pride
Jun 23, 2022

Between Juneteenth and LGBTQ+ Pride, June has become a home to raising awareness about the experiences of two marginalized groups: Black Americans and those within the LGBTQ+ community. One group celebrates their freedom from slavery and the other celebrates their freedom to feel proud of who they are. Despite the fanfare and advocacy, there are […]

Mental Health and the Black Community
Jun 16, 2022

Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States and it’s observed as a federal holiday on June 19th.  Although the upcoming holiday marks the emancipation of the involuntary institution, racial disparities, injustices, and systemic racism still exist. Along with these obstacles come mental health issues. Progress takes time—a collective effort, a paradigm shift. […]

Mental Health Awareness Month 2022
May 31, 2022

Mental Health Awareness Month is acknowledged in the month of May. And as we wrap up  these 31 days in Spring, let’s discuss the importance of maintaining an open dialogue about mental health. Although life is slowly attempting to return to whatever we consider “normal” at this point after battling a life with COVID for […]

Representing Mental Illness Accurately in the Media
May 27, 2021

Everyone wants to be seen a certain way by the rest of the world. And although that comes with varying degrees of discretion, it boils down to simply wanting to be respected and seen as an equal. According to an article published in the National Library of Medicine, research has shown that the news and […]

Does Depression Lead to Substance Abuse?
Oct 30, 2020

Depression isn’t getting “bad news” and then having a bad day or two because of it. And taking the advice from well-intentioned loved ones to read a self-help book or to watch a comedy aren’t necessarily viable solutions for it. Clinical depression, or major depressive disorder, is a serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms, […]

Tips to Overcome Addiction During COVID-19
Oct 7, 2020

These are difficult and unprecedented times. The added stress of a global pandemic, subsequent financial strains, and the fact that there are so few outside distractions available compounds the difficulty of staying in recovery. Here are a few suggestions on how to maintain sobriety during the COVID-19 outbreak. Managing Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic […]

National Suicide Prevention Month: Not Alone in 2020
Sep 9, 2020

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and after a summer characterized by isolation, social unrest, financial strain, political division, and a startling loss of life due to Covid-19, this National Suicide Prevention Month should remind us all that we’re not experiencing these times alone. While some individuals may feel the effects of the present climate […]

Kevin Hines and Suicide Awareness Month
Sep 8, 2020

The 4200-foot suspension span. The 270.9-foot drop from the middle of the overpass into the unforgiving waters below. The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California is quite a spectacle to witness firsthand. Even the online images alone are breathtaking. Unfortunately, this landmark has served as a solution to many who desired to end their […]

Persistent Depressive Disorder
Feb 6, 2019

Symptoms This disorder is more than just having a bad day or feeling sad from time to time. It is consistently struggling with depressive symptoms, though symptoms may be less acute or severe than those of major depressive disorder.3 While the symptoms may ebb and flow, they are never gone for longer than 2 months.1 […]

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