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Long Weekends: Friend or Foe?

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Long Weekends: Friend or Foe? by Sarah Hartshorne, Project UROK Vice President and Production Coordinator I love my job. A lot. I get to make awesome videos, with awesome people, and I get to feel good about what I’m putting into the world. I also love weekends. Who doesn’t? Maybe Beyonce. Homegirl works her magnificent, sculpted ass off. Long weekends, though, I have a mixed relationship with. On paper, they sound amazing. More time off=awesome, right? Eh. Sort of. I

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Guest Blog- “Video Games That Concern Mental Illness”

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Neuroracer by Jacqueline Developed by Gazzaley Neuroscience Research Lab’s own Adam Gazzaley, “Neuroracer” is a video game that was created in hopes of becoming a popular treatment for mental illnesses. Through a preliminary study, he found that the game, because of its multitasking requirements, can provide enhanced cognitive power within adults, evaluates cognitive capabilities and intrinsic neural mechanisms, among other discoveries. Some scientists do believe video games to be a potential game-changer for mental health treatment. Gazzaley has a California startup,

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Meet Project UROK Intern Elisa!

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Hi! My name is Elisa and I’m a new Project UROK Intern!  I’m originally from Chicago but currently study here in New York. I joined Project UROK because I’m eager to combat issues I care about in a creative and accessible manner. Online videos and humor are two things I use to feel better during difficult times. A lot of times it’s hard to be vocal about the things in life that are bothering you or making you feel isolated

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Guest Blog – “The Family who Cares about Me Even when they Can’t Care about Themselves”

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The Family Who Cares About Me Even When They Can’t Care About Themselves by Aurelia Trigger warnings: depression, bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety Mental illness has always been a part of my life. It feels like one the first illnesses I ever knew about was depression. I remember coming home one day and running upstairs to see my big sis, the eldest of us seven kids, and hearing her yelling hysterically. I never knew what it was about

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Guest Blog – “I’m Not Normal”

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I’m Not Normal by Lilly Larregui Trigger warnings: panic attacks, bullying, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, severe panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder Do you know what it’s like to live your life never feeling normal? I do. I remember when I was young, no older than 6 or 7 years, and I threw up in the middle of the street while talking to a neighbor; a relative of mine hollered, “WHY CAN’T YOU BE NORMAL LIKE OTHER KIDS?” As I sat

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Guest Blog – “In A Rare Moment of Clarity”

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In A Rare Moment of Clarity by Nakul Pande Every so often, I have an out of body experience. There a few ways to induce these, all of which involve powerful and ill-understood chemicals. I’m too much of a coward to try psychedelic narcotics, and the dopamine/epinephrine blend of organised religion (apologies to Karl Marx and to any neuroscientists reading) has never done anything for me. Instead, on those occasions where what in the interests of brevity I will call

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SO MANY EXCITING THINGS

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SO MANY EXCITING THINGS  by Sarah Hartshorne, Production Coordinator/Vice President/Great Dane Puppy Having ADHD means I spend a lot of time feeling like an excited Great Dane puppy in a room full of well-behaved German Shepherds. But there is so much exciting stuff going on at Project UROK that the rest of the team is jumping up and down with me! They didn’t even make fun of me when I piddled on the rug. What kind of exciting things, you ask?

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Meet the Outreach Coordinator: Dior Vargas!

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Hi everyone! My name is Dior Vargas and I’m Project UROK’s new Outreach Coordinator! I was born and raised in New York City. I went to Smith College where I was able to really embrace and cultivate my feminist identity. My self given title is Latina Feminist Mental Health Activist. I’ve been an activist for years and just recently decided to focus on mental health. My first project, which is still ongoing and evolving, was the People of Color and

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Meet the New Intern: Martin!

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Hello! My name is Martin and I’m the newest intern at Project UROK! This is a picture of me on the mean streets of New York: I discovered UROK after being referred to founder Jenny Jaffe through her cousin Lucy. Much like my muse Leslie Knope, I’m a huge advocate for change and giving back to others as well as making people happy so I thought Project UROK was a great fit for me! I’m currently a senior at the

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Guest Blog – “How to Help a Friend with an Eating Disorder”

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How to Help a Friend with an Eating Disorder by Shelly Hubbard Trigger warning: eating disorders The truth is that there is no single right or wrong way to talk to a friend who you believe may have an eating disorder. You just need to be prepared to be supportive and find the approach that works the best in their specific situation. This is rarely an easy thing to do, and many people are hesitant to say anything for fear

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