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Front and center

I am that girl who sits in the first row of class. Unapologetically. Whether it’s an introsem or a 250-person lecture, whether I’m alone or in good company, I will be seated in the front of the room, as close to the center as possible. I’m well aware of the social stigma against sitting in…

When ‘Keep your head in the game’ goes too far: Student-athletes, mental health and the drug of expectation

When an athlete tears their ACL, trainers and medics immediately rush to the scene. In the weeks that follow, a flood of coaches, trainers, physiotherapists, strength and conditioning staff and medical specialists are fully invested in getting that athlete physically healthy again. Injured athletes receive treatment and physiotherapy every day until they’re once more able…

Q&A: Dr. Lisa Post on digital mental health resources for athletes

Clinical psychologist Dr. Lisa Post, Ph.D., is conducting a study that introduces Stanford athletes to digital mental health, which aims to evaluate mental health by means of online assessments. At Stanford, Post is the head of sports medicine in psychiatry and the director of the Interpersonal Problems Clinic. She has also been the team clinician for the San Francisco 49’ers for the past nine years.

The reincarnation of HIV stigma

There’s a powerful subtext in Charlie Sheen’s “revealing personal announcement“on the Today show that he is HIV positive in November 2015 — one that the media has missed but is critical to the public conversation about HIV/AIDS. People living with HIV are accustomed to being publicly blamed for their condition.  The public tends to see…

“Taking care of each other” and mental health

You’ve learned to check in with your buddies when they want to drive home from EBF Happy Hour. You’ve learned to guide your girlfriend’s stumbling feet to keep the spikes of her heels from tripping on pavement cracks. It’s time we learn how to check in with regard to mental health – to take care of each other so we don’t let anyone fall through the real cracks.