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The Healing Power of Silence

Is silence good for you? Today, meditation and mindfulness use the discipline of getting quiet to boost mental health. Research has shown that silence can actually decrease stress and lower blood pressure, among other benefits. So how can you experience the healing power of silence, and what does that look like? Read More

Depression and Teens

The COVID-19 pandemic increased rates of depression and anxiety for just about everyone, and teens were no exception. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 44% of high school students reported persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness during the pandemic, and 37% reported that their mental health suffered during that time. Read More

Taking Away the Stress from Test-Taking

By Wesley Gallagher Test-taking — and the anxiety that comes along with it — are part of every school year, whether it’s brought on by final exams, standardized testing, or the dreaded SAT. It’s perfectly normal to have some anxiety around test-taking. Tests are a big deal, after… Read More

Early Empty Nesters

By Wesley Gallagher Technology. It’s everywhere, for better or for worse. Children, in particular, are surrounded by it. While many adults remember a time when there were no laptops or cell phones, kids these days have been holding iPhones since before they could walk, and it’s changing the way young… Read More

Combatting Comparison Culture

By Anna McKenzie It isn’t new or uncommon to compare our lives to the lives of others. We’re hoping to fit in with our community and surroundings, and we have a natural impulse to feel like we belong. But access to lifestyle imagery on a large scale, provided through social… Read More

5 Ways of Coping With Anxiety

By Melissa Chalos Riddle Even before COVID hit, coping with anxiety has been a major challenge for a significant part of society. According to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America (ADAA), anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the US, impacting 40… Read More

When Fear Causes Anxiety & Depression

By Anna McKenzie Fear can protect us from harm, but it can also cause harm. When we feel constantly under threat — whether from our circumstances or unresolved trauma — we become vulnerable to developing mental health issues or experiencing a mental health crisis. So, how should we respond when… Read More

Olympic Athletes Champion Honesty About Mental Health

By Anna McKenzie The postponed 2020 Olympics in Tokyo showcased more heroes than those who won medals. The aftermath of COVID-19 and an extra year of training took its toll on many athletes, and several of them spoke out about their physical, emotional, and mental health struggles. In fact, the… Read More

Leaning into Fear

“We are very afraid of being powerless. But we have the power to look deeply at our fears, and then fear cannot control us.” -Thich Nhat Hanh These days, you don’t have to look very far to witness the powerful effects of fear. Just take a stroll (in your mind)… Read More