The Stigma in the Shadows

Mental Health!  Boo!  Did I scare you?  No, then why do we seem to run away from the term?  Why can’t we admit that ts ok not to be ok?

According to the World Health Report, mental health currently affects around 450 million people.  While treatments are available, nearly two-thirds of people with a known mental disorder never seek help.  The mental health issues surrounding today’s youth have risen to an all-time high.  According to the Teen Mental Health Website, “1 in 5 young people suffer from a mental illness, that’s 20 percent of our population but yet only about 4 percent of the total health care budget is spent on our mental health.”  Not only that, but the United States experiences an average of 121 suicides per day.

Mental health effects everyone!  We shell out thousands of dollars on our physical appearance, yet pay no mind to our inner appearance.

We pay monthly gym fees to stay thin or muscular.  Ad agencies pay thousands upon thousands for beauty that is displayed on bus stops and tv screens.  Special doctors are paid top dollar to adjust our body’s in order to fit society’s strict standards.  We are so caught up on physical perfection, that we forget to realize that we are imperfect and sometimes broken beings.

While the topic of physical health and beauty remains prevalent, mental health stays hidden.  Why can’t we pull mental health out of the shadows and out in the open?

Some believe that mental health and the disorders surronding it are not real.  Others are too afraid of their own issues to acknowledge it.  And some aren’t aware of its existence at all.

This stigma that mental health is to remain silenced is mental!  Mental health is very real.  In order to spread more awareness we need to educate, broadcast, and empower.

Schools need to discuss mental health more thoroughly in health class.  Instead of merely reading a definition, we need to have an open discussion on what to do and how to help.  We need to offer help and compensation in the workplace.  And most importantly be honest.

We can help prevent confusion, crimes, and even death if we speak up for mental health.  If we continue to regret mental health and all of its integrity, we reject others and, in turn, we reject ourselves.

Reaction Piece on the Bill Cosby Mistrial

For me, the recent outcome of the Bill Cosby trial and trials similar to that one are an absolute disgrace and slap to the face.  This trial, essentially, discredits the severity of sexual assault and the voice of victims.  Though we have made progress throughout the years, we still have so very far to go.  Trials like Cosby’s and men like Donald Trump, destroys not only the credibility of sexual assault victims, but the spirit of the victims as well.  People often wonder why sexual assault victims don’t speak up or wait so long to speak up, and it is because of men like this who so easily walk free.  Each victim’s reason for not immediately sharing his or her story will be different.  Continue reading “Reaction Piece on the Bill Cosby Mistrial”

Bill Cosby Trial Ends in a Mistrial

On Saturday, June 17th Bill Cosby was released after a lengthy trial.  Cosby was accused of sexual assault and misconduct of at least 50 women; however, Cosby was only put on trial for the alleged assault of Andrea Constand.  Constand accused 79 year old Cosby of drugging and assaulting her at his home in 2004. Continue reading “Bill Cosby Trial Ends in a Mistrial”

Love’s Limits in Aceh

It baffles me that homosexuality is considered a crime.  A relationship between two consenting, same-gendered adults is considered illegal.  Essentially, love is considered illegal.

I feel very lucky to live in a country that accepts my preferences and interests.  I feel blessed that I can be myself within the place I call home.  Granted, there will always be people who don’t believe in the ‘idea’ of homosexuality, but I know I won’t be punished for who I love and who I am. Continue reading “Love’s Limits in Aceh”

Everything you need to know about the new GOP Healthcare Bill

Don’t freak out…yet.  The bill has been passed in the House, but not in the Senate.  Thus it is not official nor is it a rule. Continue reading “Everything you need to know about the new GOP Healthcare Bill”

How to Survive Trump’s Presidency

Since Donald Trump’s inauguration, there have been millions of protesters lining the streets with “Not My President” signs proudly in hand.  Men, women, children, and even celebrities have joined the movement.  There have been more protesters than there were attendees at Trump’s inauguration.

While I’m all for protesting and exercising one’s First Amendment right’s, the fact of the matter is he is our president.  And he’ll be our president for the next four years unless impeached. Continue reading “How to Survive Trump’s Presidency”

The World Peace Myth

We all have seen or heard it- a beauty pageant contestant is asked what her one true wish is.  A perfectly rehearsed smile spreads across her face as she answers: World Peace.

World peace, though a serene and wonderful concept, is virtually impossible.  World peace requires the action of perfection, which is not something the human race possesses.

There will constantly be political disagreements, violence, corruption, and war.  Though these events are tragic, they help and push us forward.  They inspire change, education, and anomalous victory. The Civil War helped to abolish slavery and also created crucial military equipment that we use to this day.  Granted, no war or act of violence has a joyous effect, but each tragic event has a silver lining.  I truly believe that everything happens for a reason.  Without the tragic death of 18yr old Samantha Koenig, police would have not been able to catch notorious serial killer, Israel Keyes.  Now Key’s will not be able to harm anyone again and there will be justice for his previous victims.

Though world peace may not be attainable, we can strive for a more peaceful world.  We can make this world a little less chaotic if we are willing to discard our stubborn ways and listen to the ways of others.  Communication is key and right now we are lacking open and peaceful communication.  This world is truly beautiful and so are its people.  We may not have the ability to generate a completely peaceful world, but we have the ability to communicate love and change.

The Best Revenge is What You Make It

I recently saw a commercial for a new tv show that suggests weight loss is the key to revenge. The TV show advocates achieving the hottest body possible through the loss of body fat will ensure revenge and victory. Both the act and thought of revenge are perfectly normal for all to experiance, even I am guilty of partaking in a bit of revenge.  However, revenge should not be a mandatory act.  Those who seek revenge are only drawing more attention to the person or cause.

Studies prove that revenge is both good and bad for the human psyche. Continue reading “The Best Revenge is What You Make It”