"Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.” – Maya Angelou
1. Coping Strategies: Walk It Out
After responding to a traumatic emergency incident, a London firefighter realized he wasn’t coping well. So, he and his colleague decided to start something new: a men’s walking group. The regular walks offer a chance for men to talk about mental health — and the idea is spreading.
When it comes to coping with trauma or health issues, some United Kingdom residents have turned to comedy for a dose of therapy. Or, when the news cycle is filled with challenging or tragic events, experts recommend taking a break from the news. There are times, however, when that’s easier said than done.
2. Holding Back the Flood
The Welsh coastal village of Fairbourne may have an expiration date: The town is at high risk of future flooding because of rising sea levels, and the local government said it can’t defend against the encroaching water after 2054. Residents who are set on staying in Fairbourne are searching far and wide for solutions in a fight to save their community from the impacts of climate change. The question remains: Is success even possible?
3. Human Atlas
Two decades after the Human Genome Project was completed, researchers have mapped out over a million cells, organs and tissues in the human body in a groundbreaking new project called the Human Cell Atlas. The HCA has aided in major advancements by offering a comprehensive, in-depth window into the workings of the body and a pathway to better understanding disease and pathology. Think of it as a “Google map of the human body,” one researcher said.
I should be able to improve my own well-being through good habits and a bit of willpower … right? Not always. There’s a great debate about our personal control over happiness, especially when systemic factors also impact our well-being. But sometimes research minimizes these forces — a blind spot that discounts the experiences of people who are harmed or minimized by them, says Greater Good Magazine editor Jeremy Smith. When it comes to happiness, are we seeing the whole picture?
In May, which happens to be Mental Health Awareness Month, the United States has been rocked by news on abortion access, COVID-19 deaths and the mass shooting in Buffalo, New York. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, you’re not alone. Take time for your mental health today, and take care. – MO
By Amber Carlson, independent journalist
Edited by Shannon Mullane, senior editor
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