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Monday, 22 September 2014 00:00

Those Left Behind

Written by Emily S.
Those who die by suicide often do so believing that no one will care if they die - this is almost never reality. Depression and other mental health issues completely distort one’s outlook on life, creating incessant feelings of extreme isolation and inadequacy so that sufferers truly believe they are doing their loved ones a favor. However, they are all too wrong. Mental health tends to focus mostly on the emotional and mental distress of those contemplating suicide, yet they are not the only ones affected. Often called survivors, those…
Monday, 22 September 2014 00:00

ISIS: The Malign Side Of Belonging

Written by Emily S.
Team sports, religious groups and book clubs: everyone wants to belong to something. Connecting with others, having purpose and feeling supported are crucial components of social wellness. This sense of community is often a positive thing and is linked to better physical, emotional and mental health. However the need to belong can sometimes lead down a dangerous and destructive path. As the world is on alert with increased concern and disturbing information about Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), I find my mind drifts from shock to confusion reading…
Sunday, 21 September 2014 00:00

Pork Piccata With Spinach And Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Written by Emily S.
For a delightfully quick dinner, try this Pork Piccatta recipe with spinach and mashed potatoes. Set the pork over a plate of steamed spinach and a side of homemade mashed potatoes to create a meal that is filling and nutritious. Ingredients: ¼ cup all-purpose flour ¾ teaspoon salt ¾ teaspoon ground black pepper 1 ¼ pounds pork tenderloin, sliced crosswise into ¼ inch thick medallions 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup white grape juice or water 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice…
Saturday, 20 September 2014 00:00

Domestic Violence and Emotional Trauma

Written by Emily S.
In the wake of a disturbing video showing the now ex-NFL player, Ray Rice, hitting his then fiancée, Janay Rice in an elevator, there has been an increase in media discussions on the atrocity that is domestic violence. Along with the shock of witnessing a famed football star and his wife engage in domestic abuse, the video also made waves regarding the fact that the couple wed shortly after the incident. Although no one can speak for the reasons Janay Rice may have for marrying her now-husband, it is unfortunately…
Friday, 19 September 2014 00:00

The Bitter Facts About Sugar

Written by Emily S.
From the obvious offenders like donuts and candy, to not so obvious foods such as pasta and BBQ sauce, added sugar is in almost everything we eat. Despite the fact it is the cause of a wide range of modern day diseases and has no nutritional value, it comprises a large portion of many diets. Not only does sugar affect physical health, it has a lasting impact on emotional and mental health as well. Your Liver: Excess sugar turns into fat and is secreted by the liver; but occasionally this…
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00

Touchdown For Mental Health

Written by Emily S.
September means cool breezes and changing leaves, but for millions of Americans fall means pulling out that lucky football jersey and giant foam finger. Being a football fan means more than just attending games, cheering when your favorite team wins and venting when they lose. According to recent research in the UK, sports fandom has actually been shown to boost overall mental wellness in individuals of all ages. If you have ever been to a college or professional football game you probably understand the camaraderie that extends to all fellow…
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00

Dreaming Without Limits

Written by Emily S.
Just as a flower cannot bloom without the proper care, our dreams cannot flourish unless we nurture and support them. We often limit our own abilities and dreams just by allowing ourselves to become engulfed in negative emotions and destructive thoughts. Here are 4 steps to help conquer restrictive thoughts and encourage us to be boundless in our pursuits. Accept all emotions: Learning to accept all emotions is a key skill for those struggling with mental health issues, especially borderline personality disorder. It can be challenging to accept painful, scary…
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