Welcome to the Feminism and Mental Health Issue!

Dear Readers, Feminism is an essential aspect to many realms of women’s mental health–validating the taxing experiences of all women (and all others who are oppressed by patriarchy), pushing back against the the assumptions that women are ruled by their emotions, encouraging the pursuit of fulfilling lives, and in countless other ways. Our January issue features discussions of diverse intersections of mental health and feminism, … Continue reading Welcome to the Feminism and Mental Health Issue!

Mental Health Resources and Links

The Trevor Project Trevor Lifeline: 866.488.7386 From their site: The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. They offer a variety of resources for those in the US, including: a Lifeline, a chat/messaging service, and a social networking community for LGBTQ youth (13-24 years old) + allies. Rape, Abuse, and Incest … Continue reading Mental Health Resources and Links

Medicine Has the Power to Heal

By Jessica Williams There is power in medicine. Not just because medicine serves to heal, but also because it strengthens the human connection. Think about it. You have to discuss very personal, and at times, embarrassing details about your body with a person that you have just met. You have to trust that this person can solve these health concerns. Although this may seem terrifying, there … Continue reading Medicine Has the Power to Heal

Darkness Is Just a Sign that Sunshine Is on It’s Way

Sometimes we are bitch slapped by life. Often times overworked and underpaid, constantly running against time and not with it. Hard pressed for the 8:10am train to only be depressed as we see it pull away, wishing that if only you had not pushed the snooze button that one extra time, or took two extra minutes to apply mascara. My mornings are always filled with … Continue reading Darkness Is Just a Sign that Sunshine Is on It’s Way

Pema Chödrön: Buddhist Insight for Challenging Times

By Carly Fox  I discovered feminism as a sophomore in college. I was insecure, angry, and to say the least, sad. Feminism gave me an intellectual framework with which to critically understand the world around me and a language to describe the feelings of isolation I had long felt. It gave me the tools to connect my personal experiences with history and politics, and inspired … Continue reading Pema Chödrön: Buddhist Insight for Challenging Times

What’s Missing In Eating Disorder Discourses

By Margaret Taylor The mental health field is routinely silent towards cultural factors that contribute to eating disorders in the United States.  The field that sees the dire effects and consequences that eating disorders have on women and men every year has yet to weigh in on the continued flawed and dangerous body and beauty standards in American media.  While eating disorders effect both men … Continue reading What’s Missing In Eating Disorder Discourses

The Evolving Identity of Manuela Saenz

by Maria L. Vallejo-Nguyen Manuela Saenz (1797-1856) wrote in her journal that “history was supposed to be made, not told.” She wrote this to express the general frustration she experienced while in exile, as well as her inability to exert political influence. It also expressed how she wanted to live her life – in the public sphere. It was her participation in the male political sphere … Continue reading The Evolving Identity of Manuela Saenz

Helpful and Relevant Books

Dear Readers, These books have been tremendously helpful in my own journey of working through depression and anxiety and creating a life filled with more self-love and inner peace. I hope you find them useful. In love and feminism, Carly The Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times by Pema Chodron Radical Acceptance: Awakening the Love That Heals Fear and Shame by Tara Brach The … Continue reading Helpful and Relevant Books

Interview with feminist-identified Social Worker Robyn Ekenstedt

Interview by Emilie Egger What brought you to a career in social work? How do your training and personal experiences shape your work? A variety of personal experiences led me to my career in social work. Initially, a trip to volunteer in India after graduation from high school sparked my interest in the field. After being exposed to immense poverty and violence, I felt a … Continue reading Interview with feminist-identified Social Worker Robyn Ekenstedt