Fall 2018 : The Mental Health Issue
Table of Contents
The Mental Health Issue
In DepthExplore Section
From the Editors
Chances for Healing in Every Moment
My beautiful older sister, Bess — a smart, passionate, popular soccer star — killed herself when she was 17. She took my parents’ gun, drove to a park, and shot herself in the head. The effect on my family was profound. Though I’m generally a warm person, for the next 15 years, I avoided people with big emotions, or people who seemed fragile. For me, they were dangerous, unpredictable, unhelpable. I didn’t want to get too close, for fear of being responsible for them in some way. I limited my range of empathy because I was sure if I went too far, I’d be swallowed whole.Read more
The Surprising Links Between Your Mental Health and Everyone Else’s
Why are anxiety and depression on the rise? Our environments have changed. Our food. Our stress. Our relationships—our “lost connections.”Travis Lupick
Just the Facts
5 Myths We Need to Stop Believing About Mental Illness
How to reduce stigma in society? Check your facts.
Erin Sagen & Tracy Matsue Loeffelholz
What Is Barbershop Therapy?
Barbers in the South are training as first responders to assist the men in their chairs with their mental health concerns.
Celeste Hamilton Dennis
I Stopped Playing the “Strong Black Woman”
We are paying for this myth we’ve bought into with our lives.
What Wildfires Do to Our Minds
A Northern California community offers mental health first aid to survivors of devastating fires.
Where Children Discover the Healing Power of Animals
In this sanctuary, at-risk kids begin to understand the parallels between their lives and the lives of injured wild animals.
The Ways We Are Healed by Nature (Even Houseplants)
Green growing things heal us in surprising ways. Communities are trying to bring plant life to areas that lack it.
I Inherited My Grandfather’s Trauma—and His Healing Culture
Returning to culture is a duty my grandfather believed Native elders had to their communities. He passed this on to me, along with his trauma.
7 Strategies to Turn Trauma Into Strength
Survivors discover surprising benefits in the process of healing from a traumatic event.
What a Society Designed for Well-Being Looks Like
Economic justice goes a long way toward improving mental health up and down the socioeconomic ladder.
Solutions We LoveExplore Section
The Midterms Are More Than a Vote Against the President
Here’s what’s on the line.
What the Maps of Hate Groups Reveal
New research offers clues to stop the spread of organized hate groups in the U.S.
People We Love
To Love and Worship Freely: Young Muslim LGBTQ Activists Stand Up
These people are fighting the good fight because LGBTQ+ Muslims shouldn’t have to sacrifice one identity at the expense of the other.
Culture ShiftExplore Section
Indigenous Culture Reasserts Women’s Power Through Dance
Native women revitalize ceremony to resist the legacy of patriarchy that supports a long-entrenched history of abuse.
Mary Annette Pember
Why Mister Rogers Is the Role Model We Need Right Now
The unconventional children’s television pioneer celebrated dignity and kindness in the age of mass media.
Stephanie Van Hook
Climate Change and Its Staggering Refugee Crisis
Research confirms that massive migration, into the millions, will be an inevitable consequence of global warming.