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Topic Of The Week: Modern Slavery

MODERN-DAY MENTAL SLAVERY

This week on the 2nd of December, we celebrated the ‘International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.’ The day intends to raise awareness about contemporary forms of slavery we face today while remembering our painful past and all affected. Slavery has existed for centuries dating back to our first civilization. Defined by the “illegal exploitation…Continue reading »

GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

I want to start by leaning into the joy and embracing the strength women possess before we unpack the second pandemic that is taking place. I am fortunate to know and love a wide range of phenomenal women. Women who inspire me daily. Women who motivate me to take up space and use my voice…Continue reading »

THE FIGHT AGAINST INTOLERANCE

Intolerance has been a thorn in our side for centuries. An infection in humanity that spreads through race, religion, culture, sex, and opposing ideologies. All of which have punctured our society, cutting deeper into an already wounded world. It starts with warp perceptions like the unwillingness to accept contrary beliefs and views of others. Slowly…Continue reading »

A KINDER WORLD

Spare me if I sound like a broken record, but I’ve been reflecting a lot on the type of world we live in and what’s become of it. I guess the more you look, the more you see. I only have myself to blame. We live in a divided world, a world full of harsh…Continue reading »

STRESS – THE QUIET KILLER

Stress is a feeling we all know too well. Defined by emotional and mental strain, it’s our response to the challenges/demands of life. A taxing emotion identified by mental tension and intense anxiety. I think it’s fair to say its familiarity has surfaced more so in our present-day world with all the curveballs recently thrown….Continue reading »

IT BEGINS AT SCHOOL

Like most foundation skills we learn at school, reading and writing stay with us for life. It is at these early stages where most basic learning takes place. Yet, the introduction of mental health topics is something we seem to stumble on as young adults.Yes, teachers play a crucial role in promoting student mental health….Continue reading »

STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH

The Teacher’s Role in Student Mental Health. Hopefully, we’ve all had teachers in our lives that made a mark. A positive mark. The kind of teachers that stepped beyond academics and paid attention to our mental well-being too. The type of teachers who refused to view us as a number of the system and took…Continue reading »

CAUSES OF MENTAL ILLNESS

When we speak of causes of mental illnesses, we often find there is no single cause but rather a combination. We tend to categorize these causes into three main groups biological, psychological, and environmental. Under each group lies possible risk factors that can contribute to the onset of mental illness. The more risk factors you…Continue reading »

SIGNS OF MENTAL ILLNESS

“How did I miss it?” We often blame ourselves for failing to observe mental illness in those around us. Our minds run in circles wondering, how was I blind to it all. ” I didn’t see it coming.” We harbor feelings of guilt, contemplating whether we were too consumed in our own worlds to notice…Continue reading »

COPING AMID COVID-19

Who would have thought we’d be facing new realities, forcing us to close the door to normalcy in the form of a global pandemic. Okay, maybe Bill Gates, but for the average Joe or plain Jane, COVID-19 caught us unawares. It continues to sweep across the globe sending nations into a state of panic and…Continue reading »

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