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!
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
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
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
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
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