“Are you thinking about suicide?” this may be the hardest question you ask a loved one. Conversations about suicide can feel awkward and difficult; it’s a heavy topic to broach. No one wants to imagine their friend or loved one is struggling, unable to see a way out, and considering ending their life. Talking about suicide may never be an easy conversation, but it can be a life-saving one.
Physical disabilities like paralysis, muscular dystrophy, and blindness often require living aids you probably recognize- a wheelchair, crutches, seeing-eye dog, or prosthetic limb. People living with these conditions often wear this aspect of their identity on their sleeves. At a glance, most people automatically interpret assistive devices as an indicator of disability. However, a large majority of people with impairments slip under the radar of public scrutiny.
When the COVID-19 pandemic upstaged world news and events in March 2020, the comfortable familiarity of our daily lives flipped upside-down. As Americans continue to cope with the global health crisis, the importance of physical and mental health has been thrust into the spotlight. Mental health problems have always been prevalent, with one in five Americans experiencing a mental health problem in a given year.
As the seasons transition from winter to spring, many of us welcome this change from cold, dreary weather to warm sunshine with open arms. In our lives there are seasons we await with eager anticipation and others we attempt to hold back. We’ve all wished we could slow down a special moment or fast-forward through a difficult circumstance. But no matter how hard we try to resist, change is inevitable
During the COVID-19 health crisis, there has been a resurgence in substance use and a significant increase in mental health issues. Experts agree the impact will linger long after COVID-19 has ended. The American workforce is buckling under the weight of mounting stress stemming from the pandemic.