I first learned about mental health the summer before entering my senior year of college. After years of perfectionism, continuous negative self-talk, low self-esteem, isolating myself on and off, and grappling with my ideological views, my mental health took a dive from the stresses of college life. When I was introduced to the term "mental … Continue reading Why I Choose to Talk About My Mental Health
Do the short white and gray days, and long black nights of winter give you the blues and sap your motivation? You may be struggling with SAD. Check out these tips to protect yourself from the winter blues.
Just as doing all the recommended things to maintain physical health doesn’t guarantee you’ll never get sick, there is no fool-proof formula to keep your mind from going sideways. But there are many things we can do to give our minds their best chance to be as healthy as possible.
Time To Change is a U.K. based organization to help end the stigma and discrimination against mental illness. Their web-site provides information and links to help those who want to get involved, whether they've been personally affected by mental illness or not. The web-site provides resources such as pamphlets, booklets, posters, and more to help … Continue reading Time To Change – U.K.
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For those who don't have a mental illness, it's hard to imagine what those who do have one go through. Although it's possible to go online and read about different mental illnesses and learn about the different symptoms and what each illness is, I've always found that the best way to learn about mental illness … Continue reading This Indecisive Brain of Mine
I feel as though that men's body image issues are rarely discussed in today's society, and that's not okay. We always discuss women and the body image issues they face, but usually never men. Men are just as susceptible to body image issues as women. However, the differene between the two is the pressure(s) that … Continue reading Why the Ken doll is setting an unrealistic body image for men
Ah stress. Everyone at some point in their life has experienced it - multiple times even. And if someone tells you they haven't, they're either lying or they don't know what stress is (and it's probably the first one.) Moooovvving onnnn - according to Psychcentral.com, acute stress disorder, or ASD for short, is "characterized by the … Continue reading Let’s Talk … About Acute Stress Disorder
Something bad has happened to you. It could have been an accident, abuse, an illness, a violent crime or something else. It's over, the "incident" has passed. But if and how well you move forward all depends on your reaction and your attitude. Will you be a victim? Or will you be a survivor? First, … Continue reading Are You a Victim or a Survivor?