Mental Health

Justice Denied: The Abridged Autobiography of Hercules “Chico” Butler

Published on January 21, 2017

Hercules “Chico” Butler, better known as the Zoot Suit King, is an African American Korean War Veteran who was wrongfully accused then sentenced to life in prison for a murder he did not commit. Before his honorable discharge in 1954, Chico developed extreme Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which was unofficially dubbed “anxiety reaction” during the Korean War era before the American Psychological Association came out with the official terminology and diagnostics in 1980. Due to the amount of unfair practices carried out by the Veterans Affairs (VA) and the lack of care they refused to provide to him, Chico has since remained extremely passionate about having his story of injustice heard by all of whom are willing to read along and listen. With that said, I hope you’ll take the time to read my review and purchase his second book, “Justice Denied: The Abridged Autobiography of Hercules “Chico” Butler.” Read More

Stepping Away

Published on December 14, 2017

Have you ever felt anxious or overwhelmed when standing in a crowd of people? If so, how do you handle these types of situations? Do you continue to stand around and feel anxious? Do you excuse yourself, find a quiet spot, and recover?

One piece of advice I received a few years back involves taking care of one’s mental health by “stepping away” from stressful moments to recuperate, or “center” one’s self. Read More

App Games for Anxiety

Published on October 25, 2017

There are days when anxiety can’t be overlooked or ignored. Often times it’s understood that if you have anxiety then you can’t sit still or think “straight” for more than a few minutes at a time. Anxiety also has the tendency to surface and show itself in more ways than one. You might feel more anxious and upset one day while feeling more sad and isolated the next. Either way, it’s important for you to know that you are not alone and there are ways to distract yourself when feeling overly anxious. Read More

Journaling for Growth

Published on September 25, 2017

According to an article published on there are many positive health benefits to keeping a journal and writing in it at least once a day. For example, previous research findings support the idea that a healthy cycle of journaling strengthens immune cells- the cells involved in defending our body against diseases- and even helps to decrease symptoms of asthma. Read More

Caira Lee on Self-Love

Published on July 5, 2017

When you hear the phrase “self-love,” what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? How do you feel when thinking about this? What makes you want to practice self-love? What makes you feel like you can’t practice it enough?

In February 2015, national-award winning performance poet and author, Caira Lee, stood in front of a large crowd as she delivered a speech at Shaker Heights High School (SHHS). She opened the speech with a live performance, standing and delivering one of her poems to the audience. In this poem, she states what she would say to her fifteen-year-old self. Read More

The Benefits of Humming

Published on June 27, 2017

When you’re upset, stressed or sad do you ever find yourself humming a familiar tune?

Research shows there are many positive benefits to humming.  One article, recently published in Psychology Today, lists a few of the major positive outcomes when one spends at least 20 seconds a day humming. Read More

Negative Effects of Social Media on Teenagers

Published on May 4, 2017

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Since “social media” hit the market, popular culture has become a major part of the average teenager’s daily life. Web articles support the idea that social media has become a major contributor when it comes to assessing increased anxiety levels and fragile self-esteem of teenagers.

According to, teenagers are constantly engaging in cell-phone use throughout the day. Users are even “texting, sharing, trolling” and “scrolling” while studying or completing homework assignments. states that teens are now spending more time engaging in cyber communications as opposed to sharing and experiencing in-person interactions with others. Read More