Getting Existential with Josh Rouse

Josh Rouse shares how he has been able to conquer anxiety through mindfulness.

Finding Home with Jesse Malin

Jesse Malin shares how he has used music and creativity to create community.

John Joseph Shows Us Why Healthy Living Is Pure Hardcore

The Cro-Mags' John Joseph shows us that coping with difficult situations can be hard, but healthy living is the ultimate strategy.

We Really Do Die Alone

When working to improve public health, there are often many things that we simply can't change. Social isolation has proven to be a robust and significant risk factor of poor health and early mortality. And there is something we can do about it.

Barry Beck Finds His Purpose Bringing Hockey To China

For the past 7 years, Barry Beck, a former NHL All-Star and capitan of the New York Rangers, has aimed to expand the sport of ice hockey. As a mentor and coach at the Hong Kong Academy of Ice Hockey, he has broken down barriers for the sport and developed a culture of growth and development for over 25,000 children.

Theo Fleury Is Teaching Us How to Heal

Former professional hockey player Theo Fleury is no stranger to confrontation, both on and off the ice. In 2009, he bravely and publicly confronted a very personal issue—sexual abuse and alcoholism. He explains how communication is pertinent to well-being, and even though the road ahead may not be easy, he truly believes that people can learn to heal.

Legs McNeil Shows Me the Secret of Punk Rock Innovation

Legs McNeil, a punk rock original, explains the true key to innovation. Don't focus on being innovative, but immerse yourself in something you love, because you love it. That’s not only your best chance to enjoy what you’re doing, but also your best chance to create something that’s organic and connects with people.

Jason Becker Is the Beating Heart of Rock Music

Jason Becker is widely considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time. What he has done since he developed Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is as impressive and inspirational as any of his stadium rock performances -- a testament not only to the healing power of music but also the enduring strength of the human spirit.

The Marshall Project Tackles the Criminal Justice System

Neil Barsky is the founder of The Marshall Project, a non-profit website that coalesces news about the criminal justice system in the U.S. to raise awareness and motivate reform. The Marshall Project shines light on the criminal justice system and the national public health problem that mass incarceration has caused.

Join Wes Studi’s Fight For Sovereignty

Actor Wes Studi, a widely acclaimed American Indian actor, has a long history of addressing issues that face the American Indian community. He shares how many of the issues currently facing American Indians can be traced to a historic fight for sovereignty that have disrupted their development.

Lawrence Baca Is Still Fighting For Our Civil Rights

Thurgood Marshall Award Winner's struggle to protect rights of American Indians.

Olympian Mary Killman Wants You to Find Your Greatness

Mary Killman, an olympic synchronized swimmer, shares how she found her path to emotional and physical health amidst the grueling schedule and high-pressured world of elite competitive sports.

The Spirit of Suzan Shown Harjo

Suzan Shown Harjo, one of the most revered human and civil rights leaders in the country, has dedicated her life to fighting for the rights of Native Peoples. Her message: “Native” team names and images are racist, they destroy the mental health of actual Native children, and this racism must stop.

Nobody Rocks Harder Than Rock Against Dystrophy

Music is a powerful tool that has been proven to connect people but also benefit physical and mental health.

How to Make Frequent Business Travel Healthier

Frequent business travel can be exciting and productive, but can also come with a substantial health cost. In order to ensure sustainability and long-term success, one's health and wellbeing must be a priority.

We Must Empower, Not Stigmatize Abuse Victims

Intimate partner violence poses numerous barriers to victims who want to leave abusive partners.

The NFL is Teaching Us How To Bully Native American Children

Condoning racial slurs, as well as offensive images and behavior, in the NFL contributes to perpetuation of prejudice against Native Americans.

Shawn Colvin Knows The Horror of Depression

The World Health Organization estimates 350 million people worldwide suffer from some form of depression. Society needs to stop viewing depression as a bad mood gone awry, but as the chronic illness that it really is.

What Happens When We Don't Trust Law Enforcement?

It has recently been made clear that many Americans do not trust law enforcement. Trust in law enforcement is essential for individuals to obey the law and defer to decisions made by legal authorities. There needs to be an increase in transparency/communication between the public and law enforcement to ensure the effectiveness of its role.

Wayne Kramer’s Revolution Wants to Change Prisoners’ Lives

Addressing substance abuse, incarceration, and recidivism after release is not an easy challenge to conquer, but a necessary one. Music and empathy have allowed the non-profit "Jail Guitar Doors" to enhance the rehabilitative process for inmates.

What We Can Learn From Music's Gender Outlaw Mina Caputo

Many people hold a binary view of gender: A person is either male or female. We often apply that same binary view to transgender people by thinking of them as being born one sex but identifying themselves as the other sex. And we assume that people's "biology" and "psychology" will ultimately align.

Substance Dependence Is a Mental Illness, Not a Crime

Substance dependence is the only mental health condition whose main feature, the possession of drugs, is considered a crime. This has created a downward spiral for millions of people: a cycle of incarceration, loss of rights and poverty. We needs to change the way that we approach the 'War on Drugs' and stop the long-term stigma associated with drug addiction.

Intimate Partner Violence Threatens Corporate Culture

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) negatively impacts the work of the affected individual , as well as the work of witnesses. This 'ripple effect' disturbs overall corporate culture, hurting a business in many unpredicted ways. It is the responsibility of management teams to be prepared and have a plan when problems, like IPV, arise.

Honor Our Veterans by Supporting Military Families

So often we focus on honoring our veterans, and a big part of that is making sure we are taking care of their families. Military families make sacrifices for our country too. They need care both when their loved ones are deployed and after they come home.

Why We Have to Listen to the #YesAllWomen Movement

The #YesAllWomen response to Elliott Rodgers' killing spree highlights the problematic attitudes towards women in our society. Sexism has lasting mental and physical consequences, which can only be solved by rooting out inherent biases.

Knowing Why Bullies Bully Is Key to Stopping the Trend

Bullying has been labeled a public health problem by the CDC. Research has shown that the victims of long-term bullying experience health problems as a result, while the bullies themselves are actually healthier. It is time for society to show that bullying is not a rewarding way to live.

The Stigma of Mental Illness Is Making Us Sicker

An estimated 450 million people world wide suffer from mental illnesses, and a majority of them do not receive care. One of the major barriers to care is social stigma associated with mental illness. To ensure the lasting health and overall well-being of those who suffer from mental illness, we need to overcome our biases as a society.

The NBA Schools the NFL on How to Handle Racism

The NBA's recent ban of Donald Sterling over racist remarks that were caught on tape should set an example for the NFL. The Washington, D.C. football team's name and mascot are indefensible in their blatant disregard for the very real issue of racism. The NFL must follow the NBA's example and make changes that respect the dignity of all people and races.

Between the Whistles: My Mixed Feelings about Hockey Fights

The National Hockey League (NHL) continues to be the only professional sports league to not eject players following a fight. Many consider the fights in the NHL as 'part of the game', but with players getting physically and mentally injured as a result, it may be time to reconsider the rules.

NBC’s “Parenthood” Tackles the Social Struggle of Aspergers

Those who suffer with Aspergers often display difficulty with social interactions, particularly perceiving and understanding subtle social communication. NBC's show "Parenthood" explores the affects of this disorder on the individual, as well as their family and relationships with others. It clears up the stigma of Aspergers and helps viewers truly understand the issue.

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