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Recipes for Disaster

“If you could channel your mental health passion into a project to share with peers, what might that look like?” When I saw this question on the Acacia Mental Health Advocate program application, I was initially going to

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4 Reasons Why Writing a To-Do List Can Improve Your Sleep

To-do lists are commonly associated with productivity, motivation, and getting organized. However, the benefits of to-do lists don’t end there. Writing to-do lists has yet another positive effect – improving your sleep. As unusual as it may seem

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Minority Mental Health

Being born and raised in Hong Kong, I had never heard of the term “mental health” before I stepped foot in America; stress and exhaustion were something everyone should just learn to deal with. The exposure I got

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Celebrating Acacia’s 2021 Graduates

As a college-focused organization, we spend a lot of time working with students across California and Minnesota. This passion for higher education extends to our own providers, interns, and administrative staff, many of which who are graduating from

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What is Toxic Positivity?

Positivity and optimism are commonly seen as valuable to one’s mental health and well-being. However, experiencing negative emotions and responding to a negative situation is completely natural. On social media, it is common to see quotes that encourage

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How to Become Your Own Best Friend

Friendship is an important and enjoyable aspect of life. It brings new experiences and opportunities to relate to others, but have you ever considered developing a friendship with yourself? In many instances, we see ourselves only in relation

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Developing a Better Mindset for Body Image Issues

Body Image in America Throughout generations in America, the ideal body type has changed, transformed, and evolved tremendously into what has become simply unrealistic. Starting back from the early 1900s, eating disorders began to form when models with

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Learning to Love

I was fourteen when I met him It took me four years to say, “I love you.” About six months later, we broke up. I was almost nineteen and I thought he was my soul mate. It was

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Asking for Help: A How-to Guide From A Novice Adult

Failure is not an option. A running theme through my childhood and through my teen years was “Failure is not an option”. I am the eldest daughter of first-generation immigrants so I quickly came to value success, as

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5 Steps to Getting Out of a Creative Funk

Last month, I had just bought a new spiral-bound sketchbook and flipped open to the first page, excited to create something new and exciting! But, nothing happened. I sat and stared at this blank page feeling stuck. It

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The Pursuit of Mental Health in Goal-Oriented Society

Goal-Oriented Society Living in a goal-oriented society, I am often preoccupied with the task of collecting an array of tangible achievements in order to reinforce a personal sense of value. My accomplishments in school, research, networking, and professional

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