mental health

  • Quickies
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    Quickies: On the GM strike, Mauna Kea, vaping illnesses, Alexa making a bad nurse

    How are you all on this fine Friday? I’m just peachy. MMMMM PEACHES. No, seriously, if you haven’t already read Melanie’s roundup of articles relating to the latest push for impeachment of the Orange Mussolini, I encourage you to check it out, especially the call to action to encourage your representatives to keep putting pressure on this investigation. In other…

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  • Activism

    Colorado (Denver) Can Vote to Legalize Psilocybin aka Magic Mushrooms Tuesday

    Tomorrow, Denver, Colorado has the opportunity to legalize the recreational use of Psilocybin aka Magic Mushrooms. A yes vote on ordinance 301, Psilocybin Mushroom Initiative is a vote in favor of decriminalizing the possession of mushrooms containing the psychedelic compound psilocybin. Technically, this would make possession the lowest priority for law enforcement since our federal government still considers many helpful…

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  • Activism

    Self Care for Activists

    Social justice can be exhausting. Especially in internetland where the battles never seem to stop, where threats and harassment are a constant, where exposure to assholes is a necessity, caring about things like feminism, race, GLBT rights, ableism, or any other form of oppression is a drain sometimes. Sure it’s part of the territory, but that doesn’t mean we just…

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  • Featured

    Stats for Dummies: Mental Health Edition

    In the last 3 years, the estimated rate of autism prevalence in the U.S. has increased from 1 in every 88 children to 1 in every 68 children. Based on these numbers, the current panic about autism should be entirely justified. In fact, more panic would even be justified. Autism isn’t the only mental illness that appears to be in…

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  • Skepticism

    Mental Illness Belongs In Schools

    Schools are expected to do a lot of things for kids. We see them as a place to educate kids to be responsible citizens, to prepare them for college or to be able to get a job, to help them learn social skills, and even to give them a foundation for living healthy lives. Tall orders, certainly, but there does…

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  • Meta Stuff

    Skepchick Sundaylies: Suggestive Logos, Un-Christian Christians, Mom’s Purse, and the Medical Model of Disability

    Sunday Funny: Chaos (via xkcd) Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 107: The Subjective Side of Physics Mindy explores the physics of sound. DBT Skills: The Benefits of Mindfulness Olivia explains the practical benefits of practicing mindfulness. Mad Art Lab The Birds and the Airbnbs Beth discusses the controversy behind the new Airbnb logo. Five Great Novelty Education Songs for…

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  • Meta Stuff

    Skepchick Sundaylies: Open Wireless, Nature vs Nurture, Urine Therapy, World Cup, and Pro-GMO

    Teen Skepchick Science Sunday: With Liberty and Internet Access for All Elizabeth discusses the importance of the “open wireless” movement. DBT Skills: Mindfulness Olivia continues her series on DBT skills. Assassins Can’t Be Women? Eddy discusses the sexism behind Assassin’s Creed approach to female characters. Mad Art Lab Nature, Nuture, and Social Justice Elizabeth has thoughts on the “nature vs.…

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  • Events
    SKepchick OITNB cosplay. Photo by Jamie Bernstein.

    My First SkepchickCon

    Before last weekend, I had never cosplayed (I’m on the far right in the amazing pic by Jamie Bernstein, above). I had never spoken on a panel. I had never made a large group of people laugh at me––on purpose. I had never talked about my mental health issues face-to-face with a roomful of strangers. I had never prepared myself…

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