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Twenty Eight

Looking back on my twenty-seventh trip around the sun: I graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara & got to celebrate with myfamily (& friends who’ve become family). I began a full-time job in the Mental Health

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I May Have Learning Disabilities But I Am Not Stupid

I have been living with learning disabilities since 1982. As you all know, this is a pretty common condition to have.   There isn’t any medication to take to offset any symptoms. It isn’t fatal.  I have to just

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ESSENTIAL

On Sunday evening (April 5th, 2020), I sent in my formal resignation to my essential job as a temp mailroom clerk. Well…maybe it wasn’t formal since I gave no notice whatsoever. It was a spur of the moment

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How to Improve Your Mental Health Using Creative Writing

Taking care of our mental health is equally as important as taking care of our physical health. While there are numerous recommendations and methods for reducing stress, lowering anxiety, and staying mentally healthy, not so many people understand

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Silencing the Stigma: College Students Speak Up

More people than ever are seeking mental health treatment. However, the negative stigma around mental health care remains prevalent. The devaluation of dialogue surrounding certain topics may discourage people from seeking social & professional support.  To encourage open

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Finding Order in My Disorder: #NEDAwareness Week 2020

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is February 24- March 1 2020. The theme “Come as You Are: Hindsight is 2020” invites eating disorder survivors to reflect on experiences and to celebrate positive steps taken. The NEDA community is

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The Lazy Yogini’s Guide to Morning Meditation

What’s your first thought when the sound of your alarm goes off in the morning? Mine is “not already!” During my college years, I’d drowsily hit the snooze button desperately hoping for a few more moments of blissful

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2020 Wellness Resolutions

A new year is an opportunity to reassess & work towards new goals, but it’s also an opportunity to put your wellness first! Check out our Acacia team’s wellness resolutions for 2020! Acacia Davis Allison: In 2020, I

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The Value of Knowing You are Not Alone

I’ve always wanted to be a nurse, even if the rest of my family didn’t think it was a good idea. I moved away from home as soon as I could and even found a part-time job to

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The Door, The Table, The Heart

Ever feel dissatisfied but struggle to understand why?   You have friends. You’re busy with school; with work. You’re active in a club, sorority, sports. You’re even dating someone right now and things are going pretty well with you two. By all accounts

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A New Kind of Strength

Most of the advice my parents gave me growing up has faded into the sepia background of my memory. Long-winded lectures that had me red-hot with contempt at the powerlessness of pre-adulthood have completely disappeared from my consciousness.

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Theory of (Pain) Relativity

I feel like sh*t today. It’s the I feel like hopping on a bus and riding it far far away from anyone I know and love so that I can lie in a deep dark hole in the

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