Loneliness is a complex problem of epidemic proportions, affecting millions from all walks of life.
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On health policy and politics.
Josephine Ensign DrPH
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.
Home, not just for the holidays but anytime, is just a dream for many.
What does it mean for health care providers to label patients as "difficult"? How do we listen more carefully to illness narratives?
What is behind the American obsession with public confession?
On the importance of getting out of your comfort zone and confronting racism in constructive ways.
What does it take to forgive someone?
Are you tired of the same old rhetoric about homelessness? Here is a different way to view the problem of homelessness.
What is the meaning of home and what author Matthew Desmond has to say about it in his new book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.
Homelessness is a type of deep illness, a term coined by sociologist Arthur Frank for an illness that casts a shadow over your life.
When is forgiveness not divine?
When a homeless person asks you for spare change, what should you do?
On writing and living through complex trauma.
Josephine Ensign, DrPH; is a professor at the University of Washington, Seattle