June digest! Check out our favorite content from the Web this month.


“For me to speak up about abuse, I am bucking biology, I am bucking society, and I’m bucking culture. It’s beyond brave.” Nkem Ndefo’s interview for the While We Were Silent is available as a podcast. You can also find it on iTunes and Stitcher!

Lumos Transforms’ own Mary P. Shriver is interviewed by AGEIST. “Rather than meds or the therapist’s couch, “it’s understanding that the body holds the story,” she says. “Because the story gets locked in there.”

“…landlords are not currently collecting rent in self-love.” Life Hacks of the Poor and Aimless by Laurie Penny. This one is a must read!

NOVA | PBS created a video describing what happens to children’s brains when they are separated from their parents. Also, check out their written article about the topic.

“It is easier to support an individual child to be resilient in the face of poverty and trauma than to address vast and pervasive causes of social inequity. But if we do not consistently include both individual and social factors in the conversation, we will do more harm than good.” The importance of preventing trauma from Dallas News.

Sexual harassment and microaggressions in Hollywood from USA Today. “But new research suggests that isolated comments, lingering stares, and far more minor behaviors that send devaluing messages can cause a negative psychological impact as serious as the effects of physical or other types of harassment.”

“What I found in Kiarra’s struggle was the story of how one person’s efforts to get better—imperfect as they may have been—were made vastly more difficult by a daunting series of obstacles. But it is also a bigger story, of how African Americans became stuck in profoundly unhealthy neighborhoods, and of how the legacy of racism can literally take years off their lives. Far from being a relic of the past, America’s racist and segregationist history continues to harm black people in the most intimate of ways—seeping into their lungs, their blood, even their DNA.” The Atlantic with a sobering story about the health implications of being black in America.

Moving beyond trauma-informed care. “A healing centered approach to addressing trauma requires a different question that moves beyond “what happened to you” to “what’s right with you” and views those exposed to trauma as agents in the creation of their own well-being rather than victims of traumatic events.”

USA Today looks at whether the epidemic of depression and suicide in America might be rooted in cultural and socio-economic factors. “Rather than pathologizing the despair and emotional suffering that is a rational response to a culture that values people based on ever-escalating financial and personal achievements, we should acknowledge that something is very wrong.”

“When a person fails to begin a project that they care about, it’s typically due to either a) anxiety about their attempts not being “good enough” or b) confusion about what the first steps of the task are. Not laziness. In fact, procrastination is more likely when the task is meaningful and the individual cares about doing it well.” Medium contributor E. Price tells us why laziness doesn’t exist.

Check out this useful infographic explaining institutional racism.

“We may assume that people with mental health problems die of “unnatural causes” like suicide, overdoses and accidents, but they’re much more likely to die of the same things as everyone else: cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and respiratory problems. Those with serious mental illness are more likely to struggle with homelessness, poverty and social isolation. They have higher rates of obesity, physical inactivity and tobacco use. Nearly half don’t receive treatment, and for those who do, there’s often a long delay.” The Largest Health Disparity We Don’t Talk About from The New York Times.

Cameron Esposito Is Taking Rape Jokes Back for Survivors. “Having had somebody just not care about what I wanted, and then hearing somebody say that’s his whole M.O., and then having that person become president. As a comic, sometimes you talk about things on stage because you get to this point where you’re like, “I can’t not talk about this. I have to. I can’t not. This is where I’m at.”

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