Mental health


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How One Michigander Saved Lives Working the State’s New Mental Health Crisis Hotline

Michigan's new mental health hotline, MiCAL, is about more than helping Michiganders through crisis, explained one staffer. It's about helping them find hope.

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How to Discuss the Traumatic Events on the Capitol With Kids and Process It as a Family

What to know to help your kids process traumatic events as you might be struggling to process them yourself.

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I Channeled the Trauma of Relapsing During COVID Into Building a New Life for Me and My Family

Like other people with substance use disorders, the pandemic has tested me. On the other side of my relapse, however, I found an identity I’d been looking for.

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How Four Young Activists Pushed Through the Sh*tshow of 2020 Without Giving Up

"I was burnt out every single day. From grieving the losses of Black lives to being arrested and being affected by police brutality myself, I was in a dark place."

Mental health first-responder programs are being launched in cities like New York, San Francisco, and elsewhere as an attempt to diminish police violence.
Mental Illness Is Not a Crime, So Why Do We Police It Like One?

American cities are finally implementing first-responder programs that send behavioral health professionals—not cops—to non-violent and mental health-related crises.

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Thanksgiving Is Going to Be Weird This Year. Here’s How to Cope.

A behavioral psychologist says the first step to coping with a different Thanksgiving is acknowledging the strangeness of the times.

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Don’t Toss the Gravy: Tips for Staying Calm During Thanksgiving When Your Relatives Have Trash Politics

Whether online or in person, Thanksgiving gatherings are likely to be politically tense this year. Here’s how to keep peace with more strident relatives and speak up without ruining dinner, too.