By Natalie Cort, Ph.D., guest contributor Black History Month is an important and necessary time to showcase the many accomplishments of African-Americans/Black individuals, but as we recognize Black History Month, we must acknowledge that the limited numbers of mental health professionals from racial/ethnic minority backgrounds prevents ubiquitous implicit negative biases about people of color, resulting from America’s historical and contemporary racialized inequities, from being challenged and dismantled. Research shows more than 6.8 million self-identified African-Americans/Black individuals had a diagnosable mental illness in the past year, which is more people than the populations of Chicago, Houston, and Philadelphia combined1. As a consequence of historical institutional discrimination and marginalization, African-Americans experience socioeconomic disparities, such as homelessness, poverty, incarceration or substance abuse, that can increase their risk for mental illness. … [Read more...] about Leveling the Mental Health Counseling Racial Playing Field
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Disease can make us sad and uncomfortable because, among other things, it reminds us of our own vulnerability. Mental disease even more so, because it affects our thoughts, our desires, our feelings and our actions and so it affects what we consider to be the core of who we are: our mental life and our sense of self. Yet we don’t speak of it as much as we ought to. We don’t speak of it as much as we do of physical disease, for instance, and one reason for this is the stigma attached to mental illness that casts it as something that discredits or disgraces a person who has it. Lately, substantial efforts are being made to combat mental health stigma, starting by openly talking about it and about mental illness in general. Notable examples are Michele Obama, who participated in the Change Directions campaign in the US, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, who contributed to the Heads Together campaign in the UK. These efforts come to add to the work … [Read more...] about On Fighting Mental Health Stigma
Home Health Nutrition Nutrition oi-Amritha K By Amritha K on May 8, 2019 Scientifically termed as Cichorium endivia, endive belongs to the genus Cichorium consisting of several leafy vegetables. Endive is not to be confused with chicory, something a lot of people tend to be. Endive is something you can always see being added into salads or sautéed along with other vegetables. Spherical and wide, the smooth leafy vegetable possesses various health benefits that will persuade you into getting some for yourself  . From detoxifying the liver, promoting a healthy pregnancy and improving your skin health, the leafy vegetable is a must have for anyone wishing to eat healthily. Being low in calories is another advantage of the lettuce-like vegetable, which in turn owes to its increasing popularity and demand  . Also known as Belgian endive, the leafy vegetable can be consumed raw as well. Scroll down to know more about the healthy endive and the ways through which it … [Read more...] about Did You Know These Amazing Health Benefits Of Endive?
Home Health Wellness Wellness oi-Neha By Neha on January 14, 2018 International Tea Day: Awesome Facts About Tea I am sure you must have heard of cardamom and used it in various kinds of dishes, including desserts that brings out a superb aroma. Due to its fragrant taste, cardamom is rightly called the 'queen of spices' and it lends a distinct aroma and a sweet flavour, which makes any dish almost intriguing. The strong aroma of the cardamom comes from the oils present in the spice's seeds. The incredible health benefits of cardamom come from these oils, which include terpinine, borneol, eucalyptol, camphor and limonene. Crushing these seeds and boiling them in water is what makes cardamom tea so flavourful. Cardamom tea is a spiced tea which originated in India - most commonly known as 'elaichi chai'. The tea is not served alone, rather it is combined with milk, and other spices to bring out a different flavour. The cardamom tea by itself features a diverse and aromatic … [Read more...] about 10 Wonderful Health Benefits Of Cardamom Tea
Not long ago, I decided to re-read a novel by Thomas Mann about the experience of chronic illness. I felt immersed in a sense of contemplation within seemingly endless time. Both moving and enlightening were the metaphorical power of this masterpiece, its insights about life and death, and its elegance of literary style. Other types of artistic productions—visual, musical, and dance—similarly draw us into meaningful looking, listening, and thought. All, together with outstanding scientific discoveries, enhance and change our lives, and are results of creativity, defined as the production of something both new and valuable. Given the magnitude of creative achievement, I am often perplexed about the recurring tendency in recent history to connect creativity with mental disability and illness. It cannot be denied that a number of well-known creative people, primarily in the arts, have been mentally … [Read more...] about Creativity and Mental Illness