On Our Minds


Your Emotional Tank

When little things turn into big things…those BIG feelings you’re having? Or someone in your household is having (maybe at you)? You are not alone in having them. In this video, Minding Your Mind’s Melissa Harrison, co-founder of Center for Hope & Health, LLC, talks about your “emotional tank” and what is happening with it during times of quarantine and social distancing.
This clip is from our presentation, “COVID-19 & Our Mental Health: Managing Mental Health in Uncertain Times.” If you would like to schedule a full webinar on this or another topic for your company or organization, please complete a Book A Speaker form.


Minding Your Mind Podcast Ep. 7: Trauma, Activism & Healing in the Black Community, with Dr. Carol Labor

Jordan Burnham interviews Dr. Carol Labor on intergenerational trauma in the Black community and the importance of activism moving forward. Utilizing her lived experience of depression and trauma, Dr. Carol Labor specializes in psychoeducation on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services (MHPSS) and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in vulnerable communities. She shares her insight and her journey on finding her voice through lived experiences and advocating for others.


Minding Your Mind Podcast Ep. 5: Trauma, Treatment & Triumph

TW/CW: Aaron and Evan discuss childhood abuse, sexual abuse, and trauma. If any of these topics are upsetting for you, please take care while listening, take a pause, and come back when you feel ready.

In this interview Aaron discusses trauma during his childhood and his unhealthy way of coping with it in the form of substance misuse. Aaron shares his story today to spread hope and encourage others to reach out for help when needed. Aaron is currently thriving in his recovery because of the treatment he received.


My Perfect Life and Depression

On an ordinary evening in late November 2015, a woman named Diane gave me hope for life after depression. I had known Diane for a few years and always found her to be happy and rosy with just a hint of sass like a Southern Mrs. Claus. I was dumbfounded to learn she struggled with depression for years. I’m sure she was equally dumbfounded to learn I also struggled. I just wasn’t the type of person you’d expect to be depressed. Laid-back, cheerful, energetic, and a bit brash at times, depression just wasn’t in the cards for me. Or so I thought.


Let Them Talk

“Log kya kahenge?”. Translation: What will people say? It is unfortunate what a common phrase this is in Hindi and the number of times I’ve heard it is probably equivalent to India’s entire population. Those three words have reverberated in my mind every time I’ve done something as quotidian as dressing myself in the morning or making conversation with peers. It was those three words that served as an explanation for why my neighbors would eye me disapprovingly if I ever wore a slightly low-cut top. I had been a member of Indian society long enough to know that the design of your shirt was directly correlated to your character…Yes, my tone is satirical. But that’s because the amount of weight that Indians place on the opinions of others when making decisions about their own lives is so ludicrous, it’s almost comical.


Minding Your Mind Podcast Ep. 1: A (Re)Intro of MYM

A (Re)Introduction of Minding Your Mind is an interview with all of our regional directors—Michelle in New England, Guy in New Jersey, and Marissa in Pennsylvania—explaining Minding Your Mind and the work that we do.


Dear Class of 2020…

In the weeks or months or maybe even years leading up to this spring, we each imagined what this moment, the culmination of so many moments before it, would look like. In some of our imaginings, Commencement was a champagne toast and graduation cap toss as we fell into the arms of our fellow graduates. In others, Commencement was the pride of our families watching us climb steps we thought would never end onto stages upon which we thought we would never stand. In yet others, Commencement was a promise fulfilled, a finish line crossed, a breath exhaled.


COVID Cancellations

Did you have events that were important to you that had to be postponed or cancelled as a result of the restrictions put in place due to COVID-19? You are not alone. Hear from some of our Young Adult Speakers as they share their experiences of disappointment and loss, and how they are working their way through it.


Managing Stress COVID 19

Does your life during COVID-19 have you experiencing stress or other feelings that are difficult to manage? You are not alone. Hear from some of our Young Adult Speakers and then do a mindfulness exercise with Brandon Everett.

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