Without Hope or Fear

As I finish my second year of Divinity School I find myself reflecting on the events that led me to this moment. Eleven years ago this spring I had a breakdown and was finally diagnosed with Bipolar 1 disorder. In the midst of that terrifying summer there was one thing that brought me solace. When…

Am I Coming Over with My Camera?

Young man playing guitar in a road. Quiet landscape and title of the film surround him.

I had the great pleasure of sitting down with Shaleece Haas, director of the film Real Boy, which will make its television debut on PBS  on June 19th and will remain available on PBS.org for the remainder of the month. Real Boy follows the transition of a young trans man, Bennett Wallace, as he navigates the intersectionality…

#StatusOfMind: Instagram and Snapchat and their effect on mental health

Numerous studies have confirmed that social media usage can negatively impact mental health, but a new report called #StatusOfMind, published by Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and the Young Health Movement (YHM), recently reported that Instagram, followed by Snapchat, is the worst social media app for young people’s mental health. Surveying around 1,500 people…

Mothers and Mental Health

It’s very easy to pass Mother’s Day over as a holiday invented (or at least commandeered) by Hallmark to sell cards. However, celebrations of moms go back hundreds of years, with multiple different days of celebration and specific traditions. This includes both the Ancient Romans, who celebrated the festival of Hilaria on the Ides of…

What Mental Health Month Means to Us

If you’re reading this blog right now, then you are probably on at least one mental health organization’s email list and have been receiving reminders that May is Mental Health Month. Now, let’s step back. How great is this? A topic so many people avoid talking about, avoid thinking about, avoid caring about takes center stage…

Racism is Making Us Sick

Help and hope are available. Over the last 14 years, Active Minds has empowered students facing mental health struggles to share their stories to let others know they’re not alone and to spread that message: help and hope are available. During my time as a member of the Active Minds team, I’ve come to recognize…