January, 2016

 

Mental health awareness

 

“Rarely can a response make something better. What makes something better is connection.” Dr Brene Brown beautifully illustrates the power of empathy in this RSA short, showcasing how genuine empathy requires the courage to share your own vulnerabilities.

Accommodating mental health and academics on the University Campus: Navi Dhanota’s struggle with disclosing mental health issues and receiving academic aid from her university mirrors the struggle that many post secondary students face. 

The way we think about our body can positively or negatively affect our mental health. Meghana Valupadas, shares her very personal story about her experience with eating disorders. 

What if we’ve all been misunderstanding stress? What if stress could actually be seen as helpful? Watch this eye-opening TedTalk by Psychologist Kelly McGonigal to see stress in a new light that is unexpected!

While having resources available in the form of counsellors and clinicians are certainly important, it is a reactive measure for depression and suicide as opposed to a proactive one. What needs to be considered is the stigma inhibiting people’s desire to connect to seek out help

December, 2015

 

HIV:AIDS

 

Global HIV and AIDS Statistics: In 2014, an estimated 36.9 million people were living with HIV. March 2015, 15 million people living with HIV were receiving antiretroviral treatment - representing only 41% of those in need.

HIV Prevention and Support
An excellent article about the benefits of Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and the barriers that still exist in accessing it.

Imagine trying to keep a life-or-death secret when it touches almost everyone you know. Doctors Without Borders discusses life beyond HIV, highlighting the strength of survivors and the barrier to accessing treatment.

Six people recall their difficult experiences with being HIV positive, and reflect on the stigma of safe sex practices and living with HIV. Heavy emphasis is placed on getting tested for STIs and finding good support systems for coping with HIV.