Gender Violence Addressed in Iraq

Baghdad, Iraq – The Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) has established a partnership with UN Women and UNFPA to improve the safety, protection and well-being of women and girl survivors of gender-based violence in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Building on existing structures and ongoing gender mainstreaming efforts, the new partnership will contribute to increasing access to quality gender-based violence protection services, such as mental health and psychosocial support, … [Read more...]

Social Anxiety

What is Social Anxiety? Social anxiety disorder affects the lives of nearly 15 million people. It is marked by a powerful fear of negative public examination. The individual is afraid of being embarrassed or humiliated in front of others. Usually the individual’s lack of social skills perpetuates the fear. YOU are NOT ALONE The most common example of social anxiety disorder is the fear of public speaking. Other situation that can cause extreme distress include eating or drinking in … [Read more...]

Health and Wellness Trend – Are You Sober Curious?

What is Being Sober Curious? Sober curious is a movement that involves becoming more aware of your drinking and developing a healthier relationship with alcohol. The sober curious approach is ideal for people who tend to drink socially and do not have an addiction or dependence on alcohol. Dry January began as a public health initiative in 2012. The challenge? To start the new year with a healthy little detox and possibly some self-reflection, too. The idea of a booze-free month, following … [Read more...]

Sign Petition: Rape Victims – Emergency Contraception a Must!

Hundreds of girls and women are raped and forced into motherhood every year in Honduras, while being denied fundamental rights, like emergency contraception. Although the first ever female president can change this with just one signature, she’s under heavy pressure to give up! Join the global call to let her know we have her back and expect her to deliver on women's rights! Honduras, one of the deadliest countries in the world, is a nightmare for women. 12-year-old girls are forced to keep … [Read more...]

Global Mental Health: Escalating Psychiatric Care Shortage

"Mental health is one of the most neglected areas of public health. Close to 1 billion people are living with a mental disorder, 3 million people die every year from the harmful use of alcohol and one person dies every 40 seconds by suicide. And now, billions of people around the world have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is having a further impact on people’s mental health. Yet, relatively few people around the world have access to quality mental health services. In low and … [Read more...]

Mental Health Comes First Over Everything

Why Should Mental Health Come First? Mental health affects how we think, feel, and act as we cope with life. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood and aging. The numbers globally are staggering; more than 50% will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime according to the CDC. Although the terms are often used … [Read more...]

Feb 6 – International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM

Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation The International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation is observed each year to raise awareness about this practice. Female genital mutilation of any type has been recognized as a harmful practice and violation of the human rights of girls and women. WHO is committed to the elimination of female genital mutilation within a generation and is focusing on advocacy, research and guidance for health professionals and health … [Read more...]

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, Jan 11

What is Human Trafficking? Human Trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of people through force, fraud or deception, with the aim of exploiting them for profit. Men, women and children of all ages and from all backgrounds can become victims of this crime, which occurs in every region of the world. Data is hard to capture primarily because the individual either lacks awareness of victimization or fears to report it. Human trafficking victims are … [Read more...]

Stigma & Violence in Mental Health – Should We Disconnect the Dots?

Stigma against mentally ill persons is a major problem and has increased in incidence. Multiple studies have suggested that the perception of violent behavior by seriously mentally ill individuals is an important cause of stigma. It is also known that treating seriously mentally ill people decreases violent behavior. Therefore, the most effective way to decrease stigma is to make sure that patients receive adequate treatment. Stigma can lead to discrimination. Discrimination may be … [Read more...]

International Day to End Violence against Women – 25 NOV

25 November marks the International Day to End Violence against Women, and the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign. Since 1991, the campaign has brought together activists and organizations around the world to raise awareness and inspire actions. This year’s theme for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!”. Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect! As … [Read more...]

How to Completely Detox Your Life

Modern life can be overwhelming and stressful. We live in a world of processed food, social media, climate change, and air pollution. All things considered, it’s not surprising that our bodies and minds feel overworked and in need of a reboot. So, instead of sticking to just one New Year’s Resolution this January, how about making twelve? It may sound daunting, but by tackling just one of these resolutions every month, you could completely detox your life in 2018. Here are some ideas to get … [Read more...]

How to Ease Back Into Your Fitness Routine After Giving Birth

Every new mommy wants to get back to their old life and exercise routines after delivery. This is even more important for mommies because they feel like their bodies changed too much after giving birth. Embracing that isn't a bad thing. It just means you have to ease into this a little more thoughtfully, and that's what you're going to learn about here. Take it Easy When a mom gives birth, all sorts of things could happen, including diastasis recti. If you're wondering what is diastasis … [Read more...]

A Domestic Abuse Victim’s Guide to Freedom

Unfortunately, domestic violence is a common problem. Statistics show that one in four women and one in seven men in the U.S. experience physical violence from a partner. But because of victim stigma and shame, this is a problem that doesn't get addressed enough while solutions are not often discussed. It makes sense for victims to want to get as far away from their abusers as possible, but unfortunately, they often encounter obstacles like a lack of money and even laws that forbid them to … [Read more...]

The Adoption Option For Teenagers With Unwanted Pregnancies

When a teenager finds out they are pregnant, their first reaction is usually shock. This can quickly change to fear when the reality of what needs to be done sinks in. Putting your baby up for adoption is not an easy decision and there are many factors that come into play. There are two types of adoptions: open adoption and closed adoption. A closed adoption means that the birth parents don't have any contact with the adoptive parents or child. In an open adoption, there may be some level of … [Read more...]

Five Touches Around the House That Can Boost Mental Health

Wellness starts at home. If you want to truly care for yourself properly, it is essential that you live in the right environment. This means making the right touches around the house so that you live in a truly comfortable place. The difficult part, however, can be knowing when to start. This is why you should definitely read this guide, which has been created to suggest five small touches that you can implement around the house in order to boost your mental health. Read on now in order to … [Read more...]

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