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Mental Health

5 Things Your Mental Health Needs

Recently, my mother created a list of five things I need do daily to manage my mental health. They are medicine, sleep, food, exercise and relaxation. I, and those whom I have shared this system with, have found it to be enormously helpful and I hope that you, too, are able to gain something from it. 1. Medicine Obviously, if you do not take medication, this does not apply to you. However, to the people


Do We Need To Legalize Physician-Assisted Suicide?

An Oregon woman who was a cancer patient became the very first reported death that embodied the newly enacted physician-assisted suicide law in 1998. In November of 1997, Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act passed. Since then, it has been one of the few laws in the United States that have enabled legalization of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. The sole purpose of this law is to give rights to those afflicted with terminal diseases, such as

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Mental Health

Teenage Stress Levels Are Rapidly Increasing, It’s Time We Stop Ignoring the Effect Stress Has on Teens

The average High School teenager today has the same level of anxiety and stress as a 1950’s Psychiatric patient. Which, oddly enough, makes sense considering how many commitments, homework and exams teens now face; whether it’s upcoming SATs, GCSEs or A-Level exams, the amount of pressure placed on teenagers in school to do well is so exponential that it’s not only played a role in the depression rates increasing by 37% among teens in the


The Earth Is Dying and We Are Just Watching

Two hundred and seventy-five years ago the Industrial Revolution planted seeds of a better world in human minds. Twenty years ago people believed by 2017, flying cars would populate the streets and childhood cancer wouldn’t exist. In 1980, a program called Superfund was created by Congress to help protect the environment from harmful and hazardous waste. In 2017, the Trump administration cut $330 million from the Superfund budget, minimizing the funding by 31 percent. Here we are, sitting at

Mental Health

Here’s What Happens When You Google Depression

After announcing that they are “making significant investments in health, wellness, and life sciences,” Google has now added a questionnaire after you search depression in the search engine. The National Alliance on Mental Illness worked with the internet giant to create an assessment for people who could possibly be depressed to gauge whether they should seek help. This is huge news considering that only 50 percent of people who are depressed actually seek treatment. When

Mental Health

Should Euthanasia Be Provided to Mentally Ill People?

As Adam Maier-Clayton lists the treatments he’s tried, he has a hand clutched to his chest, perpetually breathless and dehydrated. He feels chills and can’t stop quivering as he says “talking manifests in pain, cognition manifests in pain” – pain is all he knows now. But Adam hasn’t just broken an arm, fractured a limb or pulled a muscle. Adam has a mental illness, psychosomatic pain to be exact, where his mental pain turns physical

Real Life

Why Do We Stereotype? We Need To Look at the Root of the Problem

A stereotype is, by definition, “a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing.” Nowadays we seem to automatically assume stereotypes are bad things. Granted, they usually are, but stereotypes can also help people discover what colleges they like, what cities they want to visit, and more. Stereotyping isn’t reserved for identifying people. Before you hate me, let me explain. Psychologically, humans create these stereotypes so

Real Life

What Is Sexual Coercion? And Why You Should Be Informed

Sexual coercion is defined as “the act of using pressure, alcohol or drugs, or force to have sexual contact with someone against his or her will; … tactics of post refusal sexual persistence defined as persistent attempts to have sexual contact with someone who has already refused.” The difference between sexual coercion and other acts on the sexual aggression continuum is that sexual coercion is more subtle manipulation, like the use of pressure, trickery,

Mental Health

Suicide Isn’t Selfish, But Centering Yourself in Suicide Narratives Is

Image: Indian Ruminations Content warning: suicide, depression, self-harm In 2016, I attempted suicide. Not just once or twice, but it became an ongoing struggle. I would stand in the shower, right under the shower head, and hold my breath for as long as I could as water poured over me. For me, suicide wasn’t a gun or a knife or jumping off a building. It was a slow, never-ending pain that, when I eventually pulled away


Black People Are In Mourning

Grief is a powerful thing. Anyone who has lost someone has experienced grief, and many people are well aware of the five common stages of it. In case you aren’t, those are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. So then, how many of our own do black people have to lose before we’re allowed to experience these emotions? Following Philando Castile’s murder, I felt denial. I felt like it couldn’t be real; I thought, “this

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