Reconnecting with the World through Space Song by Beach House

We are constantly finding those we can surround ourselves with — a friend, a family member, a partner, an acquaintance, a mentor, or maybe a stranger who was, fortunately, kind enough to help make our lives a little easier. These people help guide us into light, which we never would have thought to look for without first being aware of it. They connect us to our souls and to the world; they ignite the spark that drives us to be who we aspire to be, and they thrive off of seeing us bloom. 

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Athlete Mental Health: Improving Professionalism

Athlete Mental Health: Improving Professionalism

Athletes see a mental health turning point after Naomi Osaka takes a stand at the French Open at the beginning of June. 

By Caleb Izaguirre

Naomi Osaka attends a conference after winning the Australian Open in Melbourne, February 2021. Photograph: Natasha Morello/Tennis Australia/AFP/Getty Images

What were once seen as deficiencies and irregularities are now important health specifications that could hinder an athlete’s life and physical performance. While organizers of the Grand Slam(s) say Osaka’s defiance against the French Open was hurtful to tennis, Naomi Osaka retains that she didn’t feel comfortable performing press conferences this season.

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World Laughter Day 2021

When I was little, my mother told me that when a baby first laughs, a fairy is born. I later found out that the notion came from Peter Pan, but I’ve never forgotten the sentiment — laughter is magical. 

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Star Wars and Mental Health

Star Wars fans are using the film franchise to make connections to their mental health.

Written by Caleb Izaguirre

The Bad Batch from starwars.com

With The Bad Batch releasing on Disney+ this Tuesday, many fans are eager to watch their favorite characters return for a follow-up to The Clone Wars. And while May 4th is Star Wars Day, there are more than a few avid members of the fandom who like to celebrate the month’s official designation as Mental Health Awareness Month.

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Pursuing My True Self: A Review of Persona 4

The cast of Persona 4 in one picture. From left to right (top): Chie Satonaka, Kanji Tatsumi, Youske Hanamura, and Teddie. From left to right (bottom): Naoto Shirogane, Yukiko Amagi, Yu Narukami (the protagonist), and Rise Kujikawa. (ZetGaming)

The above picture shows a group of friends. This group happens to be made up of the main characters of a video game called Persona 4, and the picture does a great job of depicting each of the characters’ unique personalities: Rise looking at Yu with admiration, Naoto hiding half of her face with her hat (which reflects her tendency to hide who she is), and Chie’s cheerful look towards the camera. The image serves as a great way of communicating how these characters are during the game’s story. Even though these people have different personalities, the image beautifully shows how they all accept each other for who they are and love each other all the same.

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Pixar’s Soul, Curiosity & Mental Health

I’ve seen Pixar’s Soul twice – the first time with my best friend and the second time with my sisters. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that these are the people who consistently guide me to the light switches in life – the message of Soul was one of them. I was stopped dead in my tracks because the story’s message struck a chord both times – the first time an artery and the second time a vein. I started thinking about the oxygenated blood I’ve taken from the world and the people in it and questioned the oxygenation of the blood that I’ve given back. I began following a cascade of thoughts about the trends in the path I’ve been on.

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The Online Disinhibition Effect: Exhibiting Our Better Selves through the Complexities of Cyberspace

Written by: Melissa Liu, NJ

In the infinite galaxy of cyberspace, people’s identities lie within the few letters that comprise their usernames. With a few clicks of keys, one can forge a new identity in seconds. Users can easily modify their personalities on the web, endowing themselves with whatever character traits they choose. To capricious frequenters of social media, this can have quite a charm. However, people can also slip further into the unreality of contrived identities, composing increasingly misleading personas that may appeal to other online uses but may also produce unwarranted psychological effects as they drift further away from their true selves. 

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Bojack Horseman Review: Navigating Mental Illness

Craving an animated show that stars an ex-sitcom actor, who is also a horse, and his journey through alcoholism, depression, and relationships? Or maybe one that highlights the pitfalls of Hollywood culture and child stardom and how toxic that environment can be to a person’s mental health? Look no further, Bojack Horseman has you covered.

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Mental Health in Media: Introverts & Covid-19

“If we actually link up, you won.”

How many times have you “made plans” knowing that you won’t commit to them? This is not out of spitefulness or disrespect, but because of a misunderstood nature of being — introvertedness. This article will take a glass half-full approach to the pandemic, to discuss how it has empowered introverts in several ways. To begin, let’s address the difference between the view of introverts pre versus post Covid-19 and what it all means.

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Mental Health in Media: Self Reflection

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Sometimes we need to slow down and get to know ourselves before moving too fast. Our society is persistent in being “actionable,” meaning that we tend to favor taking immediate, measurable, and physical steps toward solving our problems. This can be a great thing, however, the most crucial and frequented aspect of our development is often the expense: our inner thoughts. According to Michigan State University’s Stress Less with Mindfulness program, “the average person has around 80,000 thoughts per day. […]. Ninety percent of these thoughts are ones we have had before” (Millet). If we’re so familiar with these thoughts, then why do we tend to avoid them? One answer could be that our thoughts can pull us into a state of vulnerability; self-reflection requires acknowledging that you don’t know certain things and need to explore them further. However, do not let this deter you – self-reflection is a critical factor in principle life skills such as communication, leadership, and of course, mental health. 

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