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Content Warning: Health Disparities and COVID-19 Deaths by Race, Mental Health Conditions, mention of Domestic Violence

“Public Health” refers to the physical, mental, and social well-being of a particular community or geographic area. …

A feminine-presenting, brown-skinned person in a patterned white shirt with blue flowers and dots, has both hands on either side of their head. Their mouth is open, showing their teeth, and one eye is closed in an expression of distress. They have a nose ring on their left nostril, a silver bracelet on their right wrist, and a black watch on their left wrist. Their black hair is slicked back towards what might be a ponytail.

Have you ever heard a coworker boast about how little sleep they got the night before a big project was due? Or have you experienced a fellow student comparing how much time they spent on an assignment? …

Content Warning: Violence, Abuse, Sexual Assault, Childhood Trauma, War, Racism, Police Brutality, Historical Trauma

Trauma is a set of physical, psychological, behavioral, and emotional reactions to either one devastatingly stressful event or multiple instances of extreme stress over time. …

Conversation with Indigenous Community Leader, Joshua Hunt

Content Warning: Genocide of Indigenous/Native American people

An image of a Native American elder imposed in the middle of an United States flag hangs from the inside of a tent styled in the tradition of an Indigenous tribe, complete with fur pelts, blankets, and a stone bordered fire pit on the earth beneath.

Joshua Hunt always knew he was Indigenous. His mother enrolled both him and his sister, at an early age, in the Southern Cheyenne nation of Oklahoma based in Western Oklahoma. Despite this, his family didn’t actively connect or participate in what it meant…

Why Should Everyone Get Money from the Government?

A feminine presenting person’s torso is showing as they count twenty dollar bills on top of a round, white marble table. Their tattoos are visible on the inside of each arm as well as a watch on their left wrist.

During the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election Primaries, Andrew Yang, running as a Democrat, proposed an idea that’s been gaining popularity since: universal basic income. Now, he proposes another basic income idea for New York City. “Universal basic income (UBI) is a government program in which every adult citizen receives a…

Self-care Isn’t Selfish. Content Warning: Brief Mention of Depression, Anxiety, and Suicidal Ideation

A feminine presenting person with Asian features is sitting in bed, wearing pajamas, and posing with a piece of popcorn in their mouth. Their arm is outstretched as if taking a selfie. The bed covers below their waist has pieces of popcorn overflowing from a white bowl.

“Self-Care” is a popular buzzword floating around the internet, TV, and even in our social circles. But what does this actually mean? It seems simple. “Self-Care” should mean caring for yourself. Though, all the things that might qualify as “self-care” make up an infinitely long list.

How can we begin…

Content Warning: Suicide, Suicide Attempts, Suicidal Thoughts, Severe Mental Illness, Race, Gender Identity, Sexuality, Age, Income, Incarceration, Mention of Sexual Assault

A person in a blue hospital gown sits with a dazed, distant look and their hands crossed on one bent knee.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month in the United States, and it’s easy to see why an entire month is dedicated to the issue. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly 130 people die from suicide every day in this country. …

Four People Smiling Holding Glasses with Drinks. A bar is behind them. One holds a can while standing. The other standing person has a prosthetic leg.

As soon as I received notification from my medical chart application alerting me to new test results, I knew I would have to try to interpret a wall of text full of medical jargon. My primary care physician was supposed to call me before the results were released on the…

A child with a yellow jacket sleeves and a red knit beanie leans over, picking red and brown mushrooms from the dense forest floor.

Mushrooms are everywhere. From the mold on our vegetables to the caps in our forests, fungi make up the majority of the natural world around us. A new documentary on Netflix, Fantastic Fungi, explores this phenomenon. …

Maia D. (they/them)

Creator, Convivial Culture | Professional Dabbler | Disability Justice + Mental Health Activist | "Artist" | RPG Novice | M.A. Bioethics | Cleveland, OH

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