Struggling with Anxiety? Try Taking a Tap Class

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I’ve been living with terrible anxiety since I was a little girl. As I’ve grown older, I’ve tried a ton of remedies — yoga, coloring books, talk therapy, medication, meditation, mindfulness, massage therapy, aromatherapy and all the self-care and self-help books I could find. And I’ve got to be honest with you all, my dear blog readers — none of them hold a candle to tap dance.

I danced when I was young and tap was always my favorite class. Since I’m about to start grad school (as well as an intense internship), I decided to re-visit the great art of tap dance so I had some kind of physical outlet during this stressful period.

I’ve only been taking classes for a few weeks and it’s already done wonders for my anxiety.  Here are 4 ways tap dance has helped me — and 4 reasons you should try it, too.

1. You get to let out all of your frustrations.

The whole crux of tap dancing is stomping your feet on the ground — which is incredibly cathartic for someone who’s dealing with intense anxiety or stress. You can physically release all the pent-up feelings that us anxious folks typically hold onto. Continue Reading

Emerging Scholars Fellowship: 1 Video and 5 Main Findings

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The mental health of the Black undergraduate community is vitally important. After talking with several student-led campus organizations, myself and a team of passionate undergraduate students created this video to encourage dialogue about mental health challenges, stigma, and resources both on campus and nationally.

In addition to sharing this video, I’m excited to share with you some of the main findings of my Emerging Scholars Fellowship research!

#1. Racial discrimination is still an important risk factor related to mental health symptoms of anxiety and depression for Black college students. Interestingly, different aspects of the experience of racial discrimination were related to different mental health symptoms.

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Meet Stigma Fighter & History Maker Dr. Annelle Primm

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When I found out that Dr. Annelle Primm, the Dr. Annelle Primm – a national leader in the field of mental health, community-engaged advocate, and superhero…I mean stigma fighter…I mean superhero – was willing to be the national mentor for my Emerging Scholars Project, I couldn’t help but think…

…SLAM DUNK! This must be what being Michael Jordan feels like (and in case you forgot, he was a UNC Tar Heel too!)

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Dr. Annelle B. Primm’s leadership in several positions has been instrumental in fighting stigma associated with mental illness in the Black community. She has served as the American Psychiatric Association’s Deputy Director and its Director of Minority and National Affairs, as a professor and Director of Community Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins, and as a practicing psychiatrist. Her wisdom is boundless and her wealth of experiences connects her deeply with the issues of the communities she serves. Continue Reading

Emerging Scholars Fellowship: Meet Vanessa Volpe

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volpe_activeminds_resized-150x150My name is Vanessa Volpe and I am privileged to be the inaugural Stephen C. Rose Legacy ScholarThe Stephen C. Rose Legacy Fund is an amazing organization that honors the legacy of Stephen C. Rose by promoting dialogue about mental health and supporting activities to build understanding and assistance for mental health among young people from their late teens into their early 30s.

I am currently a 4th year Doctoral student in Developmental Psychology at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. I want this post to be more of an introduction to my project than about me, but if you’re especially curious about my work and experiences, you can visit my website. Continue Reading