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Now

Now is the time to lean in. Now is more important than ever for you to get involved. Now is the time to get outside your comfort zone. Now is the time for you to show up and be heard. Even though you may feel small, inexperienced, or young, you are relevant and important. I know how it feels to be the only young person in the room. I take a deep breath and walk in with my face held high and a smile of confidence. I grab a seat at the table, fix the misspelling of my 13-letter last name, and  ...

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Invisible Illness

Judging a book by its cover is what we tend to do, and there may be consequences. Mental health is something near and dear to my heart because I have experience with mental illness as a family member. I’ve also lost a friend to depression when I was in high school. This friend was also a son, brother, husband, and father. Just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean that that person is fine. Look around and you may see mental illness in your family member, relative, friend,  ...

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116 block captains

Today I had an opportunity to visit a patient in an unincorporated town and learned about the grassroots efforts that my patient’s wife has helped organized, including identifying 116 block captains, who reside in the neighborhoods! I learned about some of the challenges of not being part of a city, which makes it the more important to have people work together. I learned about the helpful neighbors who delivered food when a family is dealing with illnesses. I learned about festivals  ...

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