With casual video games like the ones I gravitate towards, you can live in a world where you don’t have to stress about such things – where there’s no standard to live up to except the ones you give yourself, and if you ever run into any obstacle, you can always start again.
Ironically, my Literature and Social Change class is where my anxiety began to set in. We were discussing representation, as we often do. Discussing the lack of representation for mental health reminded me that this one day of unwavering support and awareness for mental health is an anomaly.
I want to tell her about her sorority. I want to tell her not to lock herself in her room and cry and starve herself. I want to tell her to hold out hope. But for a year of my life I had no hope. In light of the recent “Beta Delta” letter, I can’t help but be pulled back into that dark place.
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.
Delving into our favorite celebrities’ lives via social media is a guilty pleasure many of us share. A glimpe into the private lives of idols through platforms like Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat is what many of us crave. And celebrities know this – there is no greater marketing method than the scandals and drama cultivated and selectively released via the worldwide web.
Paramore has an incredibly broad fanbase of all ages and backgrounds, and this sentiment is a powerful message for each and every one of them. Williams doesn’t just share her personal problems with her fans, she also provides suggestions, and hope, for those in similar positions.
The archetype of fortitude, Anthony Bourdain presented an image to the world of a worldly traveler and culinary expert who could quite literally do and see it all. Characterized by impishly curly hair, fading arm tattoos, and an unapologetically urbane style, Bourdain looked like the type of man who experienced the reality of the world in every ounce of his being.
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.
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.