I can remember being in a sophomore in high school, around the ripe age of 15, having the distinct and auspicious pleasure of navigating roles within the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America and the Student Government Association. Additionally, I had the choice in being a lead actor in Drama Club or playing baseball and running track (the two sports simultaneously conflicted with Drama Club). As a tall, lanky young fellow, who was just as quick-witted as he was on the track field or in the baseball diamond, I was often made to feel less of a man because I chose to be in Drama Club my sophomore and junior years. Often, I heard that Drama Club was for sissies or gay men and a real testament of my young adult masculinity could be proven on the field.
The idea of “quality of life” once seemed like a self-explanatory concept. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, all across the globe, societal changes are in progress. Similarities have begun to surface among many nations, including the changing concept of quality of life. As social distancing orders are gradually lifted, many of us find ourselves eager to venture out. Just as we begin to inquire about available options to fill our days, anxiety about the safety of going out among others may start to rise. There is now an ever-present after-thought that many of us are dealing with; that is, how do we navigate daily endeavors that in previous times of normalcy, would not require a second thought. What happened to the opportunities to just get up and go? Something as simple as a trip to the grocery store or ATM can trigger anxiety at just the thought of touching the screen to complete a transaction. Now add in a line of people standing approximately six feet apart, some with masks, some with gloves, and reality sets in that what once was normal is no longer the case.
For many people, the greatly anticipated year of 2020 has not turned out to be what was expected. You may have brought it in with exuberance, joy, excitement and celebration at the turn of a new decade. But before the end of the first quarter, life as we knew it quickly changed and the swift transitions have likely taken their toll on your sanity. Continue reading “Maintaining Peace When Life Seems Out of Control”
If you’ve ever seen a football game on any level, there are common offensive plays, which are designed to gain yardage. For example, when a quarterback hikes the ball, he sometimes hands the ball off to the running back. The running back typically looks for a hole, which is created by the offensive line, to run through to gain positive yardage. In some instances, there are times when the running back can make it through the hole or bounce outside of the hole for huge gains, much to the dismay of the defense. Continue reading “Running Backs: Black Men Tackling Anxiety”
We have seen how mental illness has been portrayed by the media: that anyone with a mental illness is dangerous. Certainly, if you or someone you know has a mental illness, you know that this is simply not true. Kim discusses how mental illness is no different than an illness like Diabetes and that denial could be life-threatening. Here, she lists different ways we can go about ending the mental illness stigma.
Continue reading “Dangers of Denial – The Reality of Mental Illness Stigma and How We Can Help Change This”