Category: High School

Teen Changemakers Essay Contest: 1st Place

Teen Changemakers Essay Contest: 1st Place

By: Petra Dujmic As a small, Catholic institution in Arlington, Massachusetts, I’ve always regarded my high school to be a place of mental health awareness and respect. From my first days at AC to my upcoming last as a current senior, mental health importance has, in...

Teen Changemakers Essay Contest: 2nd Place

Teen Changemakers Essay Contest: 2nd Place

By: Charm Evans “Mental health…is not a destination, but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going.” – Noam Shpancer, PhD. Mental illnesses are no joke. It is important that people learn how to identify common mental illnesses so that we can...

Teen Changemakers Essay Contest: 3rd Place

Teen Changemakers Essay Contest: 3rd Place

By: Courtney Hughes I began feeling an intense worry as early as middle school, in many different forms. It became evident when I fell ill before taking the ACT in seventh grade, and when I would begin to panic when a store felt too crowded. When I brought up my...

A Helping Hand: An Essay On The Importance Of Mental Health Parity

A Helping Hand: An Essay On The Importance Of Mental Health Parity

By: Sydney Waltner More than half of all Americans will be diagnosed with a mental illness in their lifetime. But not everyone will receive the help they need. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, only forty percent of adults and fifty percent of...

Margaret Trudeau And Her Struggle With Bipolar Disorder

Margaret Trudeau And Her Struggle With Bipolar Disorder

By Nathan Gagné People with mental illness often feel as if they matter less than the rest of the population or that their illness is an impenetrable handicap. Margaret Trudeau has struggled with bipolar disorder in the duration of her adult life and speaks openly...

Turning The Worst Into Success: Ted Turner

Turning The Worst Into Success: Ted Turner

By Eric Corona Fiercely, vigorously, and ingeniously Ted Turner made a name for himself in the television industry with all odds stacked against him. Mr. Turner has bipolar disorder, which has caused periods of depression and suicidal thoughts; his father struggled...

Stigma: The Societal Beast

By Jennifer Peterson Like a shadow, it cannot be shaken. It hides in corners and feasts in the dark, preying on its victims from afar. It alters their minds, forever distorting the way in which they view their own self worth. It devours confidence, crumbling it into...

Thank You for Showing Me True Friendship

Thank You for Showing Me True Friendship

Dear Friend (On Your Birthday), We met almost 17 years ago, we dated in Grade 10, we had fun while it lasted (all of 6 or 7 months), and went through the “awkward” phase were we couldn’t be friends because “exes” weren’t friends in high school. But, that didn’t...

Technique for Studying During Depression

Technique for Studying During Depression

When there is a big storm that will knock out your power you prepare for it, right? Typically, you keep water, a flashlight, and some food that doesn’t require cooking because you might lose all power. To some extent, it’s the same when preparing for a low...

Advice for Teens with Bipolar Disorder

Advice for Teens with Bipolar Disorder

Being a teen is rough. That’s the understatement of the century. Add having bipolar disorder on top of that and life just gets that much harder. I didn’t get diagnosed until I was 22, (I’m 28 now) but the signs were starting to show when I was in high school. It was...

On Cutting Edge

On Cutting Edge

I was in the tenth grade at the age of 14. I was never popular. I stayed in the background and kept to myself or at least attempted to. My peers bullied me and I gave up on fighting back. I took it, internalized it, and never spoke of it when I got home. What was the...

Tag A Friend Who Has This Mental Disability

By Su Bin Cho In just four hours, this Facebook post received 110 thousand likes. I saw the same post copied and pasted onto many other pages appear in my newsfeed because so many of my fellow Korean friends were tagging each other in the comments. It read: “These...

2014 1st Place Essay Winner

By Eric Shan Last month, I was fortunate enough to have been able to interview Kevin Breel, a comic who travels across the US to share his story about struggling with mental illness. One of the most vexing things he said that night of his performance was in response...

2013 2nd Place Essay Winner

By Deirdre Zoe Bipolar disorder is a brain illness that causes unusual fluctuations in a person’s mood (Weinreb, 2013). However, as Weinreb notes the mood fluctuations that bipolar sufferers experience are sometimes so severe that it can impact their work performance,...

It is Always a War

By Parag Kappor Bipolar disorder is a challenge faced by people around the world. The stigma has already ruined too many lives. A great passage from the novel Ender’s Game, perfectly describes the situation: There is no teacher but the enemy. No one but the enemy will...

2012 Third Place Essay Winner

By Kristen Shim President Bill Clinton once said, “Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all.” For the 5.7 million Americans living with bipolar disorder, for the millions of undiagnosed people living in third-world countries, and...

2012 3rd Place Essay Winner

By Muslim Hasan We have often heard about how advanced and superior the world will be in the future. Much has been talked, written and filmed on how better a place it would evolve to be then; advancements in technology, knowledge and everything in general would lead...

Movements Towards the Light for People with Bipolar

By Elga Theresia All of us have perceptions on seeing things. However, our perceptions are not always consistent with the reality. Finding characteristics distinguishing people from other member of society who we regard as ‘normal’, we often stigmatize them. Stigma is...

My World is Your World

By Genevieve Green I walk into class, my shield a thick blue binder filled with my countless ideas and thoughts; my nature in disorganized paper form.  Inside hide the pictures of relief- Cobain, Poe, Whitman, Twain. Others. Success stories. Reminders of what is...

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