It doesn’t get better (and then, it does)

Bear in Mind

I have received a plentitude of terrible advice in my time as a Chronically Mentally Ill Person. One of my favorite (not at all appreciated) pieces of advice (that is not at all advice) is “It gets better!”
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Stick it to stigma

Bear in Mind

Stigma hasn’t gone away. It’s just more insidious. There is a limit to what is “acceptable” when it comes to having a mental illness.
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The thing that almost worked

Bear in Mind

The idea of zapping my brain felt like a last-ditch effort, as though my depression had become an unsolvable problem that required an extreme solution.
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A student looking stressed in lecture looking at their schedule

Stop glorifying UC Berkeley’s workaholic stress culture

CAMPUS ISSUES: On this college campus, professors and administrators must encourage learning — not academic burnout

A recent tweet criticizing a UC Berkeley electrical engineering and computer sciences professor’s proposed 80-hour weekly academic workload has outraged many community members. But this incident is symptomatic of a larger issue: the toxic work culture on this campus. UC Berkeley is often stereotyped as the “workaholic” UC campus, and it’s time for the community to acknowledge how harmful that title really is.
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Three students standing in front of Sather Gate surrounded by text bubbles

Microaggressions are a reality at UC Berkeley. It’s time to stop ignoring them

CAMPUS ISSUES: A recent message from Chancellor Carol Christ drew the community’s attention to a widespread issue. Now it’s time to act

Last week, UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ released a statement in response to recent microaggressions directed at Chinese American faculty members on campus –– But this isn’t an isolated incident. If UC Berkeley students and staffers truly want to be “woke,” they need to unpack their internalized biases and recognize their own prejudices. All community members must hold themselves accountable for calling out harmful and discriminatory comments to create an inclusive environment.
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Unpopular opinion: I hate the holidays

Off the Beat

Content warning: Sexual assault and suicide As a child, the holidays were magical times filled with love and good food. It was the time of the year that I got to reconnect with family, creating memories that I would cherish until the next year brought new ones. The holidays meant
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