We have a tendency to cycle back to the past in all of its pain and pleasure as we voyage onwards to an unknown future. Ironically, we’re much better at forecasting the future when looking at the past and present, even if change lies on the horizon.
You wouldn’t know it on the surface (or by my Instagram feed), but a passion just as big as food for me is mental health advocacy. But what does this have to do with food?
My grandma grew up in traditional India, not allowed to get an education because of her gender, always taking care of her family, poster-child of traditional India. So when my mom told me what my grandma requested, to say I was shocked was an understatement.
Little did my parents know, I have had a juul since junior year of high school. I became so dependent on it that I would go to the bathroom between practically every class and hit it. I didn’t even even feel the effects of the juul anymore since I would use it so much; it simply became a comfort thing.
Disappointment in isolation is more manageable than an onslaught: standardized rejection letters from publications, unexpected grades, let-downs in friendships and relationships, etc. Though the confidence I have in my writing abilities oscillates, I found that writing has always acted as a tether to the beauty and wonder in the world around me.
Far and away the most interesting aspect of working on a suicide hotline is the stories we hear. I wish badly to share them with you; it would be the easiest way for you to understand what the hotline is like. Besides, if I were the one reading this article, I’d want to hear those stories, especially if when you hear “suicide hotline,” you picture what I first did: tense middle-of-the-night calls talking people down from the edge.
I often occupy myself with my phone so that I don’t have to think about whatever’s making me nervous about waking up the next morning, whether that’s a presentation, or work, or just the fact of waking up. So I decided to ditch the phone for a week--before bed, anyway--in order to see how things go.
I am no stranger to silence. I was raised Quaker, and in lieu of traditional church services, Quakers observe a silent worship. When I came to college, I found that this practice was something I missed but I never took the time to keep up silent worship on my own.
DAMN. opens with a question proposed to its audience – “Is it wickedness? Is it weakness?” and Kenny provides us with an immediate answer – “you decide.” Is this referring to his own demons? Is this referring to American struggles? Maybe it’s both?
Danny Brown’s Atrocity Exhibition is first and foremost one of the most unique albums I’ve ever listened to. Danny has always been an artist that a lot of people don’t actively listen to because of the shrill voice he uses when he raps and the heavily explicit subject matter of his music. I’ll readily admit that before Atrocity Exhibition, I thought most of his work felt annoying and excessive.
Two weeks ago, I took a week-long break from all of the social media sites I have accounts on: Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Reddit. I’m not somebody who posts or interacts with social media a great deal, at least compared to a lot of my peers, but regardless, I was very curious if not using them at all would affect my mentality.
Early in my first semester, it was maybe two coffees a week when I was exhausted. Then I discovered my love of Mountain Dew. I started downing glasses several times a week during the day when it was too hot and too late for coffee. Next thing I knew, it was at least one cup of caffeine almost every day. So much for not getting addicted.
This past Saturday I went and saw Split, the new M. Night Shyamalan film. I walked into the theater with next to no expectations as Mr. Shyamalan has continued to disappoint audiences time and time again ever since his breakthrough film “The Sixth Sense.”
I have a tendency to reject the trendy. I keep eating gluten no matter what they tell me. I scoff at the prices of green juices and acai bowls. When I was asked to try meditating using the iPhone application Headspace, I clenched my jaw and hesitantly agreed.
Working for days on end with no sleep seemed to be part of her life. Eventually, she found out that it wasn’t insomnia that kept her going, but a form of mania. She reveals that she was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder when she was hospitalized in 2001, but back then, she “didn’t want to believe it.”
Last year, actress Emma Stone partnered with the Child Mind Institute, an organization which serves children who suffer from mental illness and learning disabilities. Through her partnership she opened up about her experience with anxiety and panic attacks, which started early on in her childhood.
For Silverman and many others, depression is not something that ever goes away, but rather something one learns how to manage. It is a process. Throughout all these years, she has come to a place where she now knows that whatever she is feeling will pass and for her, sometimes that’s all it takes.
Over the past few years, Bella Hadid has become a modeling superstar. She comes from an extremely wealthy family, and I don’t think there’s any doubt that her family’s financial status is a primary contributor to her fame. It’s easy to dislike people like Bella.
With such an impressive feat under his belt, one would think Davidson is a wunderkind who truly has it all. However, not unlike many in the world of professional comedy, Davidson’s mental health struggle has followed him through life and has been a key component of the various highs and lows he has endured along the way.
Long after the physical scars have healed, the mental and emotional scars continue to be devastating. It is impossible to know what someone’s triggers are, but it is also impossible to know what their story is, but that doesn’t mean you stop listening.
Several musicians have been open about their struggles with addiction, both through their art and through interviews. This playlist has songs that speak directly to the artists addiction, as well as songs from artists who have been open about their addictions. Take a listen and realize that addiction is something that affects a wide range of people.
Skepticism is typically the first response to learning about ASMR. Some people find it unsettling or even creepy to watch these videos, whereas others feel relaxed and cared for. There’s a mix of responses that, to a great extent, depends on whether you get the chills from normal stimuli.
“On campus you start to see people being more open to sharing their struggles after witnessing celebrities sharing more of their personal stories,” Shelby tells us. “It merges the worlds of fame with our normal world even further.” At least that’s the goal of “Who Can Relate?”
Sugar became an easy exit from anxiety and depression, albeit the fleeting illusion of escape. My eating habits were a symptom of larger underlying issues that I had avoided and attempted to suppress with spurts of gratification.
People from all backgrounds and levels of experience with suicide and suicide loss are welcome to all of the events and to the Out of the Darkness walk. Registering is free, and participating in the walk is a great way to engage friends, family, and coworkers in this important conversation.
Head Talks, occurring Monday, October 9th at 7pm, is a one and a half hour Ted Talk-inspired event organized and created by Ross student Sarah Wood, bringing in influential leaders and joy soldiers that have done rewarding work in the field of mindfulness, mental health, and positive psychology.
I had the pleasure of seeing Jamie on his book tour for his book “If You Feel Too Much.” The book is a collection of stories about life, loss, and the unbelievable experiences that add color to our world, like meeting Ernest Hemingway’s granddaughter and visiting survivors of Hurricane Katrina. I asked him for his insight as a leader in mental health awareness about growing up, expectations, and becoming who you want to be.
The show 13 Reasons Why recently premiered on Netflix, and has been getting a ton of attention lately. Why? I’ll start with this - it’s emotional, incredibly graphic, and hard to watch. It is not a “feel good” type of show. There is no real resolution or happy ending. And, it has come under very heavy criticism for being emotionally triggering to viewers.
Central Student Government elections are now in full swing and the two main parties, Movement and eMerge, have been campaigning day and night. What do these parties hope to accomplish when it comes to mental health, though?
Looking around today, it’s nearly impossible to avoid images of seemingly perfect people everywhere. These ideals are usually representative of only a small portion of the population, but the media’s portrayal causes people to believe that everyone fits that image.