“I’m not eating all day, I have to look skinny when we go out tonight”. “I drank so many calories, I need to throw up”. “My summer diet starts tomorrow, I need to lose 10 pounds this month”. This is all language I have heard firsthand during my freshman year at JMU. The normalization of […]Read More The Eating Disorder Epidemic in college
Last week, my class SMAD 462: Documentary in Film and TV participated in the Reel Change Film Festival at Court Square Theater. The purpose of this festival was to expose issues relevant to JMU and the greater Harrisonburg community in order to educate, engage, and impact audiences while also celebrating the documentary medium as a […]Read More Us Kids: the power of youth activism in the fight against gun violence
Being queer in both straight and LGBTQ+ spaces can be mentally taxing I work with a close-knit group of fellow college students. We talk about our personal lives, complain about classes, and occasionally go out together on weekends. Some of them, like me, identify as queer. At the office, I made a lighthearted joke when […]Read More Too much, but also not enough
Let me tell you about two people living in Chicago. But first some important information. Both of our characters are 24 year old white males and both have lived in and around Chicago for all if not most of their lives. We’ll call one Sam and one Dave. Sam grew up and still lives in […]Read More Stories From Chicago: How Upbringing Affets mindset
One minute, my mom was yelling at me; the next, we were out getting ice cream! She is so bipolar! What is the problem with this sentence? I personally am a grammar nut, but a hint is that it would be easily overlooked. I’ll give you a second… Here’s the answer: the word “bipolar” is […]Read More Mental Disorders are NOT Adjectives
In this blog post I will be discussing something that hits very close to home with me when it comes to gendered and sexualized healthcare. This topic is ADHD and ADD diagnosis in women and girls. This past summer at the age of 19 I was diagnosed with ADHD after years of silently struggling. I […]Read More My Silent Struggles With ADHD as a Woman.
Mental health is something that we all struggle with, and it is something that, as a society, we need to discuss. Particularly, we need to discuss mental health disparities among minorities. Racial/ethnic, sexual, and gender minorities often suffer from poor mental health outcomes due to many reasons, including, discrimination, harmful stigmas, and overall lack of […]Read More Mental Health Disparities
A brief look at the history of mental health institutions and what sort of treatments were provided.Read More Mental Health. How far we have come, and how far we still have to go.
Because caring for your mental health can be tricky enough without the presence of a global pandemic.Read More Mental Health in the Age of COVID-19
Therapy has helped millions of people all around the world. But why do we still talk about it like some secret, and why are there so many stigmas around it?Read More Therapy…Let’s Talk About it.