LGBTQIA+ Ancestors

2023-10-26T12:38:18-04:00October 16th, 2023|LGBTQIA|

LGBTQIA+ ancestors inspire and encourage Queer people. LGBTQIA+ communities need this inspiration and encouragement, as they suffer higher rates of mental illness, often brought on by discrimination and oppression not impacting other straight and cisgender individuals.   LGBTQIA+ ancestors can be activists who won rights and freedoms—and still fight that fight—for this community. They are a noble part of the history of LGBTQIA+ rights. The community also takes inspiration from the history of great Queer artists. William Shakespeare, who is known as the English language’s greatest playwright, wrote 126 love poems [...]

The Impact of Social Isolation and Loneliness on Mental Health

2023-10-03T11:49:24-04:00October 3rd, 2023|Depression|

In a time where we have near instant connections with people, it’s strange to think that as a society, some have never been lonelier. Loneliness is a subjective emotional state, often resulting from social isolation and lack of social connections, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Loneliness and social isolation can negatively impact mental and physical health. Some of these effects include depression, decreased quality of sleep, poor cardiovascular health, and decreased brain health or cognitive functioning. Among older adults, chronic loneliness and social isolation are [...]

Need to Know for Women: Behavioral Health Screenings

2023-09-18T09:28:19-04:00September 18th, 2023|Women's Health|

In recent decades, women’s mental health has been on a decline. Nearly 1 in 5 women have a common mental health disorder such as depression or anxiety. In addition, 53 percent of women experiencing a mental health challenge have experienced abuse. However, many of us are often unable to find and access appropriate resources during a mental health crisis. This is particularly alarming since 36 percent of women who have experienced extensive physical and sexual violence have attempted suicide and 22 percent have self-harmed.   Behavioral health screenings are one of [...]

Back to School Days: Taking Care of Student and Parent Mental Health

2023-09-07T13:30:57-04:00September 7th, 2023|Family & Youth|

Summer has come to a close, at least according to the Philadelphia School District and other school calendars. Parents and caregivers have been in the throes of back-to-school shopping, backpack stuffing, and other preparations to get their kids ready to go back to school. For the approximately 200,000 Philadelphia students returning to school, there is undoubtedly a mix of emotions. For some it is disappointment over the end of the slower, laid back days of summer. For others it is excitement in thinking about their new teachers and classes and [...]

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