Holidays & Observances

How Nature Became the Unexpected Foundation for My Mental Health Journey

Living in a small town in rural Massachusetts, I often joked that the only two things to do for fun were going to the local Target or finding a place to hike. Ironically, up until the pandemic, I never really enjoyed hiking (consequently, I spent a lot of time at Target). I was fortunate to…

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Celebrating Teachers’ Impact Within (and Beyond) the Classroom

I’m the son of two public school teachers. Because of this, I would like to think I have a unique perspective on just how much educators can change the lives of others (discounting that I was quite literally raised by educators). My parents have taught all sorts of students from a variety of backgrounds and…

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Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault in Conversation, Action, and Advocacy

When we go through trauma, it can be difficult to share our experience, either out of fear of how it will be received, a desire to not relive the incident, or even the worry of not being believed. Similarly, when we see someone we love go through something traumatic, it can be hard to know…

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Recognizing, Addressing, and Managing Stress as a College Student

April is Stress Awareness Month, a time to take a step back and shed light on the causes and consequences of stress, one of the most common mental health topics confronting students. It’s the time of year when spring break feels like a distant memory and final exams loom right around the corner, leaving many…

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A Decade-Long Search for a Diagnosis: The Importance of Self-Advocacy in Health

“I was wrong,” is not something I ever expected to hear my therapist say. However, I had heard it more than once from different medical professionals over the years, all relating to one persistent question: “Do I have autism?” Throughout these various appointments and confessions, I remained without an answer. I went years without knowing,…

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Protecting My Mental Health During an Ethnic Identity Crisis

One of my first extracurricular experiences in college was attempting to join the Filipino Student Association (FSA) at the beginning of my freshmen fall semester. While I could say it was a memorable experience, it’s more accurate for me to describe it as an infamous memory amongst many others that defined my college life. I…

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I’m the First in My Family To Go to Therapy – And It Changed My Life

I’m going to be honest – I didn’t enjoy my first therapy session. I was 14. Growing up, I saw therapy as something people do when there is something “wrong” with them. They’d sit in a room, maybe on a long couch, and talk about their feelings for an hour before leaving and going on…

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Visible for Those Who Can’t Be

When people ask if I ever played sports growing up, I take a second and do a lot of quick calculations. I ask myself “Can I trust this person?” “Is this a safe space?” “Is this an appropriate time to disclose that I am transgender?” If I decide that this is the right time, then…

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Finding Peace in My Bipolar Diagnosis

Every day, I work with young people across the country, helping them to share stories that aren’t always easy to vocalize. They disclose their own battles with mental health, the ways they’ve seen loved ones struggle, and so much more. They sacrifice comfort and privacy to share their story to let others know they are…

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Five Tips from a College Student to Form Better Sleep Habits

Sleep. It’s something that most people yearn for throughout the day but can never seem to get enough of, especially during the week after daylight savings time. I’m sure I’m not alone right now in wishing I had just a bit more rest as I move throughout my day. In addition to the more obvious…

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