Mental Health is Not a Costume

by Tanya Ruhl Looking around this past Halloween, we have all seen them, the strait jackets, the masks with the bars over the mouths so you can’t be bitten, even the outfits that say psych ward with a patient number on them. Every year these costumes come out, but that’s not all. We even have …

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Barriers to Mental Health Care for Veterans

When it comes to mental health care for veterans, getting help is not always as simple as it should be. Society has gotten much better at recognizing the need for improved access to mental health treatment. However, several barriers exist in the veteran community that may prevent a veteran in need from accessing appropriate mental …

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Mass Shootings and Mental Health: How to Cope

You don’t need to be a victim of gun violence to experience the deep connection between mass shootings and mental health. Just seeing stories about shootings on the news is enough to cause fear and anxiety, and that might be especially true if you are a person of color or a parent—both of which are …

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Behind the Badge: Shining a Spotlight on Police Officer Mental Health

Law enforcement can be a tough—and oftentimes distressing—career, which makes it important to acknowledge police officer mental health and its unique stigma in the police community. Though police officers have never had it easy, public unrest especially in 2020 and beyond has added new stressors to the job and taken a toll on officer morale. …

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Highlighting Black LGBTQ+ Youth Mental Health

As Black History Month continues, one of the main topics for discussion, especially regarding the current youth mental health crisis dominating the United States, is the position that black LGBTQ+ youths are faced with. This prominent sub-group of individuals belonging to two separate minority groups are facing afflictions with little to no adequate support or …

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