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  • Going HEAD1ST into Mental Health

    It took 3 years and 30+ doctors to find out that the concussions I had playing junior hockey were the underlying cause of my mental illness. Although I eventually found a solution, four guys I played hockey with weren’t so lucky and died by suicide before the age of 25. These are the reasons why […]

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  • Meet Arissa Roy, Youth Activist

    Hi Everyone! My name is Arissa and I am a youth activist! A little bit about me you ask? Ok! In 2018 I went on a life-altering trip to India with my family. Before going on any adventure my brother and I like to research more about the place we are visiting. When researching India, […]

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  • Black Trauma

    I think it is very important that we highlight the trauma that Black people of all ages experience as a result of systemic anti-Black racism. This poem talks about the different experiences and perspectives that are impacted by this issue. As opposed to an angry perspective that we often see (and rightfully so) recent events […]

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  • Redefining Mental Toughness

    I inadvertently wore the Joker’s famous golden yellow and cardinal red contrast the day after I saw the new movie with my best friend who saved my life. I panicked for two days about everything in that sentence. Many people ask me what it’s like to have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and what it’s like […]

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  • Losing Everything: My Story of Addiction and Recovery

    I’ll never forget the day I walked into that hotel room. I was 22 years old at the time and my father, after a long battle with Huntington’s Disease, had taken his own life. There he was laying in front of me motionless, yet on his face was a look of relief. He had tried […]

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  • Bringing Mental Health Back To Basics

    Imagine living in a world where you’ve just come down with the flu, except, you have never heard of the flu or the symptoms, and you have never knowingly met someone who has experienced it. The only thing you know, above all else, is that something is wrong. The shivers, the pain, and the head […]

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  • Going HEAD1ST into Mental Health

  • Meet Arissa Roy, Youth Activist

  • Black Trauma

  • Redefining Mental Toughness

  • Losing Everything: My Story of Addiction and Recovery

  • Bringing Mental Health Back To Basics

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BE FREE- BLACK RACIAL EQUITY

My name’s Monique, and I’m the founder of the BE FREE Movement (Black Engaged Fundamental Racial Equity Everyday). We consist of current students, alumni, adjunct faculty, professor emeritus, and other affiliates of CSU Sacramento. We are writing to introduce to you BE FREE; Black Engaged Fundamental Racial Equity Everyday. We represent many ​past and present […]

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“CASUAL” zine: Triumphs, Challenges, and Lessons

When I was 11 years old I watched the movie The Intern and was instantly in awe of Anne Hathaway’s dominant character, Jules Ostin. At her startup fashion ecommerce site, Jules served as a young female CEO who was both creative and authoritative; both driven and overlooked. Her character really struck me, and from that […]

Knowledge Is Power

We are in an era of change. It doesn’t matter if you’re for it or not, it’s happening. I’m a Black girl who’s been in predominantly white spaces my entire life. I can count the number of Black friends on one hand. When it comes to school, especially history class I’ve only been taught about […]

Working Towards a World Free From Slavery

My name is Ishaan Shah and I am a 17-year-old student from the UK. I am also an award-winning, international human rights activist, conservationist, feminist, blogger and writer. Towards the end of 2016, I watched a documentary about slavery and human trafficking, focusing on the exploitation of children for labour, and sex. I was shocked, […]

Leading with Empathy: Abigayle Peterson

The biggest problem I see in our society is a lack of empathy for one another. From racial injustice to those struggling in silence amidst COVID-19, today’s generation must rise above as catalysts for change who lead with compassion for the unseen. Bebe Moore Campbell, award-winning journalist, a New York Times best-selling author, teacher, and […]

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