• The Path to Advocacy: My Personal Journey

    The Road to Advocacy Sometimes we choose our callings. More often, our callings choose us.

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    In our modern world, more and more people are beginning to realize that mental illness is not a moral failing, but rather a disease. Yet, this wasn’t some snap revelation on the part of society, nor will it be. Instead, it’s the slow but steady culmination of the work of mental health advocates from around […]

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  • The Aftermath of Rejection: 4 Ways to Grow Stronger

    How does one learn from the experiencing rejection?

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    Every rejection can be a learning experience and a story to share someday. The time period following a rejection has the power to shape you the most as a growing and developing human being. How do you cope with getting denied from your dream job? What do you do when your friends distance themselves from […]

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  • To Vape Or Not To Vape – The Smokers’ Question

    Cigarettes or E-Cigarettes The Smoker's Dilemma To vape, or not to vape; whether 'tis nobler in the lungs to suffer...

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    Our previous blog appealed to the FDA to more strictly regulate the greedily anarchic and rapidly growing e-cigarette industry. The FDA must stop the epidemic of teenage vaping before it causes all sorts of harmful unintended consequences. This blog tackles an equally controversial question that also must be urgently asked and answered, despite the lack of clear […]

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  • What is Digital Self Harm?

    Digital Self-Harm Rising Amongst Teens Imposing digital self-harm upon oneself is becoming more common, and more disastrous.

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    Self-Harm and the Modern Youth An estimated 5.9% of adults in the United States are thought to have ever engaged in self-harm—the act of intentionally hurting oneself via cutting, burning, hitting, or other self-inflicted suffering. Among adolescents, that prevalence is thought to hover around 18%, indicating that more young people are engaging in the act […]

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  • The Aftermath of Rejection: How to Take Care of Yourself Afterwards

    Aftermath of Rejection Dealing with rejection is a part of life, but it's seldom easy.

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    Rejection comes in various sizes, shapes, and forms, and all of us are susceptible to facing rejection –– whether it’s getting denied a job offer, getting turned down by your date, facing parental rejection, not being included in a friend group, or any other form of denial or nonacceptance. Often, rejection and the aftermath of […]

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  • Why Are There Higher Rates of Substance Misuse Among LGBTQ-IA+ Individuals?

    LBGTQ individuals often experience higher rates of alcohol, drug, and substance abuse.

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    People who identify as sexual minorities (those who are lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, or “other”—aka: LGBTQ-IA+) are at higher risk of misusing substances than their heteronormative (straight, cis-gendered) peers.

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  • 5 Ways Workplaces Can Better Support Employee Mental Health

    How can companies help foster the mental wellbeing of their employees?

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    Mondays are dreaded, weekends are cherished. This is gospel for many who work in 9-5 jobs, and it isn’t hard to see why. With five days for working and only two days for relaxing, maintaining a healthy work-life balance can be difficult. As work increases, so does stress. However, there is promising potential for companies […]

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  • FDA Ponders Fate Of E-Cigarettes

    With the explosive growth of the E-cigarette market, the FDA has been forced into action.

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    The three absolute certainties in life are death, taxes, and unintended consequences, all of which are generally viewed negatively. And all of which are, strangely enough, related to cigarettes. Luckily for smokers, the relatively new development of electronic cigarettes has offered many a road to reducing smoking habits, and even quitting. But, helping to solve […]

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  • Exploding Fentanyl Deaths Can’t Be Stopped By Border Walls

    A border wall is billed as a way to stop drugs, but it won't stop fentanyl.

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    Recently, a truck was searched by US Customs and Border Protection while attempting to cross an official border station in Nogales, Arizona. Hidden within its cargo of cucumbers were 254 pounds of fentanyl; the largest haul of this lethal drug ever intercepted. In divided doses, this one shipment would have been sufficient to kill 100 million […]

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  • 5 Ways Schools Can Support Student Mental Health

    In our turbulent modern world, there are a lot of ways schools can support the mental wellbeing of students.

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    In our world today, people’s lives are busy, whether with work, family, school, hobbies, or other activities. Within our daily environments, it may seem as though there is limited time for our mental health and wellbeing, unless we are proactively creating this space for ourselves. Additionally, there is a clear stigma that invades schools and […]

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Poison Pills: An Update on the Fentanyl & Carfentanil Epidemic

A pessimistic person might say that overdose deaths from fentanyl and carfentanil are not only out of control, but also inherently uncontrollable. These powerful synthetic opioids are potent enough to kill in extremely tiny doses and too potent to ever successfully keep off the street. What’s Causing Fentanyl’s Widespread and Deadly Usage? The problem is […]

What Does Happiness Have to Do With Smoking?

Are smokers more or less happy than their non-smoking peers? Does being happy influence people’s likelihood of smoking? A wealth of research investigating the relationship between reported levels of happiness and smoking habits has unearthed some interesting findings. Turns out folks who smoke tend to be less happy than their smoke-free counterparts. But whether it’s […]

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