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13-Year-Old Brayden Harrington Just Shattered The Stuttering Stigma

In the waning moments of the 2020 Democratic National Convention (DNC) and shortly before his highly anticipated acceptance speech, Joe ...
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NBC’s This is Us: Randall’s Not Okay

When I first started watching This Is Us, I immediately fell in love with the relatable and compelling storyline: the ...
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Editorial: Are Those with Mental Illness Prone to Violence?

It deeply hurts. Time and time after time again, politicians, newscasters and everyday people associate violence with mental illness. This ...
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Editorial: Catalysts for Change – Who I’m Grateful To This Thanksgiving

Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade, Chester Bennington, and Robin Williams. Sharon Markovitz, Batsheva Stadlan, Chazz Petrella and recently Channing Smith. All ...
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How NBC’s This Is Us Stigmatizes Depression

NBC’s highly rated show This is Us has captured the hearts of viewers across the country as it chronicles the ...
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Suicide and The Omer

May is Mental Health Month.  It is also a time of counting the omer, the 49 day, 7 week period ...
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Pesach: On Fear and Hope

The following is a piece from the Refuat Hanefesh column “Struggling Together: Mental Health in The Torah”. In this column, Tzivia Appleman ...
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Editorial: Rethinking How You Volunteer

What is your time worth to you? I ask because it is my unfortunate position to be the one to ...
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Editorial: The Forgotten Character and Irony of Dear Evan Hansen

It surpasses ironic. The Connor Project: A fictitious movement based on a fictitious story conceived by the minds behind the ...
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Call it What it is: Mental Illness and not Mental Health

Consider the following: A neighbor is sick with cancer. She is a mother of three young kids and is in ...
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Winter Depression: Chanukah Edition

The following is a piece from the Refuat Hanefesh column “Struggling Together: Mental Health in The Torah”. In this column, Tzivia Appleman ...
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Warriors, Not Weirdos: Changing The Way We View Mental Illness

In the past two years, everything has changed for me. I started working for a game-changing mental health student club ...
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Learning What to Feel During Teshuva From Dovid Hamelech’s Experiences

The following is a piece from the Refuat Hanefesh column “Struggling Together: Mental Health in The Torah”. In this column, Tzivia Appleman ...
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Struggling Together: Mental Health in The Torah – Column Intro

The following is the introduction to a Refuat Hanefesh column “Struggling Together: Mental Health in The Torah”. In this column, Tzivia ...
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Editorial: Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain and Suicide Rates Rising Rapidly. When Do We Try a New Approach?

On June 5th, we lost the iconic 55-year-old fashion designer Kate Spade to suicide. She left her husband and 13-year-old ...
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Editorial: Will You Speak Up?

Blah blah blah. Same old message from the same old guy. Yeah, I get it: Etan wants to end the ...
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Editorial: Draven Bennington Provides an Example to Follow

“I’m Draven Bennington, and I’m here on the National Suicide Prevention Week. I want to make a commitment that I ...
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The Darker Side of the Akeida

Akeidat Yitzchak is commonly categorized as the epitome of the Jewish faith. As the story famously goes, Avraham was told ...
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Editorial: Hit Rapper Logic Nails It at The VMAs

At the recent VMAs (Video Music Awards), rapper Logic took the stage armed with more than lyrics and a compelling ...
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The Suicide Hotline Song: Can You Relate?

As the natural course runs its time, songs rise and fall from the music chart rankings. However, my interest of ...
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Striving for Empathy

Empathy is a trait so many strive for but struggle to attain. It is simply not natural to feel what ...
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We Are Farmers: Inspiration to Keep Fighting The Stigma

The Gemara (Taanis 23b) tells a story about an old man working the field. As he labored away, someone came ...
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Mental Illness on TV

Sensitivity and political correctness have dominated this generation. One may think that this prevents the discussion of sensitive and important ...
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4 Reasons Why 13 Reasons Why Can Rewrite the Stigma

I Live The Stigma The emails are coming in fast and furious, nearly quicker than I can respond. Thing is ...
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Why am I like this? Time is real freedom

“Why  am I like this?” I ask myself this question as I sit at my desk at 3:38 AM struggling ...
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Editorial: Secrecy Kills

As a society, we have an initiative in which we try to remove killers. One way we achieve this is ...
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Eight Highly Accomplished Individuals Who Live With Mental Illness and Fight The Stigma

A huge part of the stigma surrounding mental illnesses involves the notion that a person living with a mental illness will be ...
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We Are All Responsible: Break The Silence On Mental Illness

Therapy therapy therapy therapy therapy. I am an Orthodox Jew who goes to therapy. Maybe if I keep repeating the ...
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