We’d benefit a lot from talking through the issues that affect our (mental and physical) health

BY: Adrian Smith  My friend’s sister recently learned she suffers from anxiety, like so many in their early 20s do. While explaining to me her experience, he stressed how important she finds talking to others about what she deals with…

Green spaces could curb the negative effects that living in a city has on our brains

BY: CAROLINE ROLF  The percentage of the world’s population living in urban places continues to grow. Currently, over half the world’s population resides in cities and that is expected to grow to nearly 70 per cent by 2050. This is…

Birth control stole years of my life; here’s how I’m getting them back

BY: KATE SLOAN I’ve been on hold with the distress centre for seventeen minutes, and I can’t stop crying. My heart is beating a manic tattoo, my eyes are swollen and red, and my breathing’s definitely too fast to be…

Turns out you can boost your mood and creativity by literally hugging a tree

BY: CAROLINE ROLF Remember your elementary school French teacher who wore flowing skirts and ate only granola? Whenever you hear the term “tree-hugger,” you often associate the nickname with left-wing extremists or a slandered hippy practice. Contrary to our notions,…

Spending at least two hours a week engaged in the arts improves overall mental health

BY: ALEXANDRIA LEE Thinking of getting back into painting, playing guitar or writing? A healthier mind is another incentive to return to your neglected hobby. Engaging in the arts for therapeutic reasons is often recommended by professionals, but spending at…

According to WHO you probably have at least one friend who’s schizophrenic

BY: TREVOR HEWITT  The rainbow elephant you’ve been watching dance in that meadow might not be real – but it offers real insight into a possible autism-like spectrum existing for schizophrenia. Scientists are beginning to critically analyze the age-old binary…

A UN advisor reading what psychiatrists wrote about her will make you question “insanity” (Video)

BY: THE PLAID ZEBRA At the end of a long and sterile corridor, Mary O’Hagan feels the noose of madness begin to tighten. As a young woman in the 1970s, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and spent several dark…

As environmental issues get worse, farmer suicide rates are getting alarmingly high

BY: JESSICA BEUKER It’s been three decades since the height of the farm crisis, when farmer suicide rates were at an all time high. Today the suicide rates among farmers are still high—the second highest of any job right now.…

5 easy brain hacks to increase your confidence

 BY: ZOE MELNYK It’s been suggested that people wouldn’t recognize themselves in public because the view that we get from the mirror isn’t an accurate representation of our everyday appearance. It might be just as difficult for us to recognize…

Are writers destined to be depressed?

BY: AYA TSINTZIRAS At the beginning of November, I boarded two bumpy planes to fly to Charleston, South Carolina. I wasn’t going for the fried chicken or tomato pie or to visit any plantations. I wanted to attend YALLFEST, a…