Community Mental Health is a Political Issue

We may often think of our own mental health and wellbeing as deeply personal, private affair. Call it rugged individualism or “Texas toughness,” mental health is often talked about as something that we each need to do for ourselves and on our own terms.  However, this perspective often overlooks the invisible yet powerful drivers that spur us towards certain challenging emotions or difficult mental states.…

Community Approaches to Mental Well-Being

“I cannot be well, when you are suffering.” This motto of interdependence articulates our sacred duty to care for each other during hard times. It speaks to the need for communities to create healing spaces for those in distress and to advocate for political solutions to improve our healthcare system as a whole. In recent years, community health and mental well-being have been increasingly threatened,…

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are illnesses that consist of abnormal eating behaviors that can lead to negative consequences in physical, emotional, and mental health. They can be caused by biological, psychological, and environmental factors. The three most common types of eating disorders that can be life-threatening with negative health results are: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating Disorder. Anorexia nervosa encompasses constant fear of weight gain…