Holidays & Observances

Extending Thankfulness Beyond the Dinner Table

For many, Thanksgiving is marked by eating a lot of food, doing a hefty amount of shopping, and just taking time to spend the day with loved ones you may not see often. Growing up, I’ll admit that I always thought that going to the mall and shopping would be the highlight of my Thanksgiving…

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Student Veterans as Mental Health Leaders, Not Concerns

Mental health issues have risen among young adults globally for the last decade. As this terrible trend continues to incline, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is clear that to turn the tide on this issue, we need new ideas, strategies, and out-of-the-box thinking. Those innovations tend to come from the communities most impacted –…

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Managing Stress in the Everyday

There are times when the unknown can be exciting: a new job, a surprise birthday party, the first day of classes. However, there are also times when the unknown can be unsettling, leading to increased stress levels and unwelcome emotions. Throughout the past year and a half, uncertainty has become even more prevalent because of…

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Mental Health Doesn’t Have to be Scary: Finding Resources and Building Community

Every Halloween, we’re reminded that, sometimes, it can be fun to be a little scared: from haunted houses, to horror movies, to spooky costumes, it’s part of the excitement. But, there are also times we try to avoid feeling scared, or stressed, or unsure. For many, one of those instances is when it comes to…

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Twenty Years of Difficulties and Differences Contextualized: How My ADHD Diagnosis Changed How I Live

College is everything they tell you it will be: challenging, freeing, exhausting, exhilarating, and so much more. It tests you at every corner, never giving you a break before a new challenge meets you at the next turn.   Of course, I was prepared for the start of my first semester. How could I not be?…

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Depression Screening Was the First Step to My Fresh Start

It was not until my freshman year of college, in the fall of 2019, that I realized I might be suffering from depression. I was sad for no reason. Still tired after getting a good night’s rest. Something felt off.  But, to those around me, I was still functioning “normally.” I was able to go…

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Decolonizing Mental Health During Hispanic Heritage Month and Beyond

As a young woman who comes from a Hispanic family and has seen first-hand how much culture and identity can impact access to mental health education and resources, I knew that when I was given the opportunity to do mental health research as an Active Minds Emerging Scholar I was going to take it. Stemming…

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Growing Up with Undiagnosed OCD: How My Diagnosis Changed My Perspective

I want to start by telling you about the bane of my existence in elementary school: card changes. Each day all the cards started on green, but if you did something wrong, the teacher would give you a card change. This meant you had to go in front of the class and change your card…

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Reflections and Resources in Honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Today is Indigenous People’s Day, a day to commemorate the histories and cultures of many Indigenous communities. While we celebrate the diversity of Indigenous peoples and their strong connections to community, family, and traditions, we also acknowledge the impact colonialism has made on their communities. This has been attributed to historical trauma that has impacted…

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Mental Health Equity is Health Equity

When it comes to mental health, it’s easy to see that not everyone has access to the same resources or help when they need it. From a lack of affordable therapy, to cultural stigmas, to unequal access to mental health education, the disparities are apparent. The goal that this access should be equal is known…

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