Journey in Psychosis

While conditions like anxiety and depression have become normalized, psychosis is still rarely talked about. By sharing my story, I hope I can contribute to lessening the stigma around it.

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Home Away From Home

Living abroad can teach us so many things, but it also has its ups and downs. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of this life-changing experience.

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The Paradox of Mental Health on Campus

Universities are increasingly advocating for programs and resources to promote mental wellness on campus. This progress is at odds with the harmful rhetoric that goes on between students equating high stress levels with academic success. Awareness can be the first step to breaking this cycle.

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The Beauty of Boundaries

It can be hard to say no to people you care about, but sometimes boundaries can make your connections stronger and more sustainable in the long term. Sometimes in order to be a good friend, you need to prioritize your own emotional health.

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On Empathy and Healing

Being an empathetic person is a wonderful quality to have, but it is also important to practice mindfulness to ensure that your own mental health is protected while connecting with others.

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A Matter of Life and Death

 I know that it’s honest. But if that’s what I really think, am I doing it in practice? Am I leaving my comfort zone enough? Am I taking time to give back to my community and appreciate the lighter moments in my life? It’s so easy to get caught up in our fast-paced world that we sometimes forget what we really care about. It might be counterintuitive, but sometimes taking a step back and thinking about your mortality can be a very comforting exercise. 

Why talking about mortality is important

I recently watched a Ted Talk by a man named Peter Saul who worked at an Intensive Care Unit for many years. Through countless interactions with very sick patients and their families, he realized that few people speak about death with their loved ones. He spearheaded a program at the hospital he worked at to train doctors and nurses to talk to patients about dying and how to open a dialogue into what their preferences would be if the worst should happen. They had an overwhelmingly positive reaction to this program. Both medical professionals and patients were relieved to start rationally talking about their inevitable fates. 

When I think about my own life, I realize that I avoid talking about death with others, Saul would say that I am part of a cultural trend of avoidance. He emphasizes how important it is to not be afraid to talk about it, as it can be a very liberating process. Stepping back often allows us to reset our priorities. We can be so set in our ways to always want more — more money, more beauty, more success. If we think a good life is about loving and being loved but our recurring thoughts in an average day are focused on other, more material things, then taking that step back can help us to recognize that discord. Hopefully this insight will help us move forward in a way that allows us to live a life more in line with our values. 

I was very grateful to have been offered another perspective on life at this event. Instead of feeling like death and mortality are a morbid topic that should never be spoken of, it was nice to take a moment to reflect and think about why we’re happy to be alive. It helped me to feel grounded and grateful for all I have in this moment. I highly recommend keeping an eye out for a future Death Café event, it will give you a new appreciation for your life. 

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