Self Care

Supporting Black Men’s Mental Health

This June, in honor of Men’s Mental Health Month, we recognize the importance of Black men’s mental health. That’s because Black Americans are half as likely as their White counterparts to receive the treatment that they need for mental health disorders, as systemic barriers to access and cultural stigma lock them out of the resources…

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Young Adults Speaking Out About Mental Health Through COVID-19

This past weekend a panel of four young adults convened to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their mental health and what they are hearing among their peers. Organized by We Rise, a Los Angeles-based mental health advocacy organization, this event was intended to elevate the voices and perspectives of young adults as…

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Do What Works For You: Fitness During the Age of Quarantine

Let’s be real – for a long time, making trips from my bed to the refrigerator was the most exercise I got in college.  As school began to wind down my senior year, I was inspired to focus on my physical health and convinced my aunt to take daily trips to the gym with me….

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Teletherapy During Stay-at-Home Orders

 As many students leave their residential campuses and the world hunkers down into shelter-in-place “normality,” industries scramble to quickly transition to remote methods. This includes traditionally in-person therapy, and — many of us have questions! Where do you find a private space to have your online therapy session when you’re in close quarters with family…

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Everyone’s Quarantine Experience is Different – And Valid

A little over a month ago, things looked very different. We could gather in groups larger than ten. There was traffic on the highways. Flying on a plane wasn’t seen as a health hazard.  Since then, life as we know it has drastically changed. The coronavirus has affected every corner of the world and every…

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6 Things To Know About Mental Health During COVID-19

Whether we are a parent, student, teacher, employee, advocate, or community member, the shock, uncertainty, and sadness accompanying COVID-19 impacts all of us and threatens our mental health and wellbeing. This is especially true for those of us with underlying mental health issues — with potentially long-term ramifications we have yet to imagine. What are…

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Working Through Great Disappointment

I think we can all admit that this is a weird time to be in. We have experienced school closures, classes moving to online, event cancellations, social distancing. A lot of which has led to great disappointments for some of us. Graduations, weddings, large events we have eagerly been awaiting and working towards have been…

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Tips to Stay Mentally Well While Working From Home…

Tips to Stay Mentally Well While Working From Home…  from people who do it regularly As members of Active Minds’ remote staff, we are experts at balancing the demands of a full-time job while still maintaining healthy boundaries between our work and personal life. As many of us transition to working (and learning!) from home,…

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Managing the Stress of Living at Home for College

As college students across the world shift from living on campus to studying from home due to COVID-19-related school closures, I think back on the stress of my own experience, living for three-and-a-half years with my parents as an undergraduate.   I had to take a leave of absence after my first semester away, because anxiety…

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Changing Weather, Changing Moods

I’ve always struggled with the changing weather and lack of sunlight brought on by the fall season. As the months move from September to October to November, I find myself staying indoors and in my bed. The times I do leave my room, I am persistent on only wearing black leggings and baggy sweatshirts to…

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