Recently I watched the movie It’s Kind of a Funny Story. For those of you who have not seen this movie, it is about a clinically depressed teenage boy named Craig, who checks himself into the psychiatric ward of a hospital after contemplating suicide. There were quite a few things I learned from this movie: People think… Continue reading It’s Kind of a Funny Story
Since when did needing to step away from everything for a while show weakness…Or does it? When you come from an old school family, taking time off, stepping away from a situation or anything that involves time to think and reflect meant that you were doing one of two things…giving up or just being lazy.… Continue reading Taking time off…Is it showing weakness??
Stigmatization – the degrading attitude that discredits a person because of an attribute they have (in this case, mental illnesses). Stigmatization is the one thing we all learn about in school, the one attitude that can discriminate and make others feel helpless because of a certain attribute they may have. My experience with stigmatization is… Continue reading My Experience with Stigmatization
Around exam time, students are obviously stressed. Stress is normal. I actually believe it’s healthy. I know students try to make light of their stress, and it’s probably a good way to take a breath amidst the stress of school. One thing that caught my attention recently though was through a speech one of my… Continue reading The Media and our Views on Mental Illness
May 17th is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. To celebrate, I have written an article about LGBTQ people and mental health. What factors influence LGBTQ mental health? Social determinants of health play a large role in determining the physical and mental health of individuals, and this is especially true when we examine the mental… Continue reading International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia: LGBTQ People and Mental Health
Please be patient with me As I have yet to show you a side of me Which I try to hide away from you, My friends, my family, and my peers A side of me that’s alone in the shower Curled up in a ball struggling to breathe Dry heaving and hyperventilating In the midst… Continue reading Please Be Patient With Me…
As a part of an Australian awareness campaign, Soften the FCK up created a video of a number of young men talking about their struggles and what those struggles led them to contemplate: suicide.