There's new evidence that depression is not just a disorder of the mind.
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On health policy and politics.
Josephine Ensign DrPH
How can we, individually and collectively, climb—or jump—the empathy walls that surround and limit us? Art and literature can point the way.
What can curiosity bring to our classrooms and our lives?
Loneliness has with negative effects on health and well-being. An anti-loneliness community spot can help.
Is the stress of social media getting too much for you? Consider taking a break and going to a real community site instead.
What are some of the ethical issues of storytelling? They show up in surprising places.
Why are we so often drawn back to the sites of our old traumas? The concept of trauma mastery helps explain this—and offers us a way to healing.
Summer is the perfect time for reflection and evaluation.
In searching for the reasons for our homelessness crisis, it is important to listen to multiple voices and to learn from the histories of our urban spaces.
What is sex trafficking, what are its harms, and what can we do to effectively intervene and help?
What are the dangers in listening to one story instead of many stories? Listen to these stories and find the answers.
When lessons from Red Cross swimming safety instruction show up in unexpected places.
What can poetry and literature do to help heal the broken places in our lives?
Prevention of cruelty to animals came before prevention of cruelty to children. What lessons does that historical fact have for us today?
What does childhood sexual abuse have to do with homelessness and schizophrenia? Quite a lot that we seem to forget about.
In the wake of yet another school shooting and another college campus violent white nationalist event, what are the limits to free speech and firearms in terms of education?
What the case of Larry Nassar can teach us about the consequences of speaking truth to power, as well as those of staying silent.
Research points to the physical and mental health benefits of owning and caring for a pet.
If you are tired of the current focus on gender-based violence, think again and consider the underlying misogyny affecting us all.
What are the different ways we tell stories of illness and trauma and why does it matter?
What does it mean to bring the first person "I" back into writing and into health care?
What do hate crimes have to do with public health? Learn why, and what you can do about them in your community.
A review of the new film "To the Bone" reveals some interesting perspectives on eating disorders.
Feeling anxious and depressed about possible cutbacks to health care? You are not alone.
What are the positive contributions of hospital chaplains on education for nurses and physicians? I add my own ode to the work of hospital chaplains and of health humanities.
To celebrate National Nurses Week, here are some suggested cautions, along with a suggested reading list.
Are you or someone you love having the Spring blues? Excellent and free resources are available to help you and your community.
On the history and politics of health care in the United States.
These times call for something beyond resilience; they call for increasing our capacity for individual and community endurance.
In these uncertain and anxiety-provoking times, our universities have an increased responsibility to support student mental health and wellbeing.
Do you want motivation and inspiration on ways to commit to mental wellbeing for yourself, your family, your community? Check out these amazing programs from around the world.
Josephine Ensign, DrPH, is a professor of nursing at the University of Washington, Seattle.