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Friday link roundup 6/8

In light of recent celebrity suicides and for the sake of general advocacy and awareness, graphic designer/artist Emily McDowell’s recent Instagram post (below) is worth reading. I know I’ve mentioned her before, and her work and her page is worth checking out in general.

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I’m seeing a lot of well-intentioned but misinformed comments about Kate Spade’s (heartbreaking) death. Things like, “if only she’d known how many women she’d inspired and how beloved she was.” Or “it really goes to show that success doesn’t buy happiness.” Here’s why this thinking is misguided:🌱 Even though science has proven it a million times over, our culture doesn’t yet fully recognize that MENTAL ILLNESS IS A BRAIN DISEASE, just like hepatitis is a liver disease. Depression (and bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and everything else) affects our brain— the organ we use to make decisions. If you’re suffering from suicidal depression, it doesn’t matter how beloved you are or how much you love your family or how much money you have, because your brain is telling you that despite all those things, suicide is your only option. (Or that you need to isolate yourself, sleep all day, or other behavior that a healthy brain would recognize as bad decisions.) This is one reason mental illness is so deadly: the part of our body that’s affected is the same part that’s responsible for our behavior. It’s like if you broke your leg and then had to use that leg to walk to the hospital. 🌱 The other reason mental illness is so deadly: shame and stigma around seeking help. Reports are saying Kate resisted inpatient treatment because she worried about the effect it would have on her “happy” brand image. Depression is an ILLNESS. It’s not weakness. It’s not your fault. And it’s impossible to think or reason your way out of it without help, due the part of your body that’s ill. 🌱 If you are suffering, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. The National Suicide Hotline number is 800-273-8255. Call them. They are great. I know, because I’ve called. #noshame Or text TALK to 741-741 if you prefer texting. The world is a better place with you in it. #mentalhealth #mentalillness #endthestigma #depression #suicideprevention #emilyonlife

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I also appreciate today’s post:

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Heartbroken over Anthony Bourdain news. Heartbroken for his family and friends. Heartbroken for all the people struggling with their own disease in the wake of two very high-profile suicides in the past week. Check in on your people. Take care of each other. If you’re feeling like hurting yourself, please, please reach out to someone. You have other options. In the US, text TALK to 741-741 or call the National Suicide Hotline at 800-273-8255. I’ve done it. It’s okay. #noshame // My last post, about depression/mental illness, is resonating with a lot of you guys, ICYMI. It’s become our most-liked/shared post in history, which makes me very proud, because it’s so, so, so infinitely more important than a Valentine card. ❤️❤️❤️ #suicideprevention #mentalhealth #endthestigma

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On survivors: those who have lost loved ones to suicide and/or attempted suicide themselves, and how these news stories bring things up.

In one kindergarten classroom in Massachusetts, the teacher uses the tune of a nursery rhyme to teach about what to do in case of a lockdown.

How social media can help or hinder mental health and body image.

According to a study, honey bees may understand the concept of zero .

Just because: a website that regularly posts pictures of cute cats and kittens.


Friday link roundup 6/1

I miss doing these link roundups on a regular basis. Of course, life is busier and things are happening, but I still miss it. Since I’m soon to be moving (perhaps more details in another post), I can’t promise any sort of regularity in the near future, but here are the links I gathered for today.

A fascinating article on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), its history, and how it is not effective for many people.

On disproving the “30 million word gap” theory. The theory is based on one study from the 1980s that found that kids growing up in poverty hear 30 million fewer words by age 3. However, no one has been able to replicate the study’s result since then.

Today was National Donut (or Doughnut) Day, which has the added perk of getting free donuts at a variety of places. However, there’s more to the history of this unofficial holiday.

According to this article from Media Matters, cable news networks covered Roseanne for over 10 hours (combined) on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. They covered Hurricane Maria’s death toll in Puerto Rico for just over 30 minutes.

Friday link roundup 4/20

Prince’s original studio recording of Nothing Compares 2 U.

This website (and its app) can tell you the indigenous history of where you live.

Actress Molly Ringwald looks back at her roles in films such as Pretty in Pink in light of the age of #MeToo.

A women’s journey from doing self-care in the form of Netflix and bubble baths and wine (and a feeling of obligation) to radical self-care.

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern wore a Maori cloak during her visit to Buckingham palace. The images of this powerful woman are striking.

Friday link roundup 3/16

On portrayals of tender masculinity in books and film.

Do you live in a bubble? According to this quiz, I grew up in a pretty middle-class bubble. It definitely gave me food for thought.

Four common myths about the gender pay gap, and a rebuttal for each.

One company’s solution to providing housing for the homeless: Use a 3D printer to create simple homes.

Barbie has created 17 new dolls based on inspirational women.

National Geographic acknowledges its racist past.

On why more and more teenagers are considering trade schools instead of four-year colleges.

A school in a small town in New Mexico is still reeling from their experience of a school shooting that happened in December, an event that received very little news coverage.

About planets without stars.

Link roundup 3/10

An article from The Atlantic that turns the myth that “welfare makes people lazy” on its head.

A food stall in New Orleans engages its customers in a social experiment, bringing to light the issue of the income disparity between white people and people of color in the area.

The Florida governor just signed a gun control bill into law, just over three weeks after the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. The NRA immediately sued to block the part of the law that prohibits people under 21 from buying firearms.

Oregon also has a new gun control law. This law seeks to prevent convicted stalkers and domestic abusers from purchasing firearms.

On the large scope of false news stories on Twitter.

Beginning a new feature in its obituary section called Overlooked, The New York Times has published 15 obituaries of remarkable women it had previously overlooked during the course of its run as a paper.

Friday link roundup 2/2

I don’t know if I’ll start posting weekly roundups again, but I do intend to at least do it every once in a while. I do miss posting it; it brought a nice pattern and consistency to my life, and I like finding and reading articles.

The Work-at-Home Summit! Seriously, this is full of wisdom and resources. There’s interviews about time management, virtual assisting, blogging, and much more. It’s also FREE to watch the videos (and/or read the transcripts) through February 5 at midnight PST. You can also find out more about Work-at-Home School, which has a wealth of courses for people who want to venture out on their own and work from home.

Video: A sweet story about best friends who find out in their 60s that they’re biological brothers.

On sleep deprivation and how it can affect people with bipolar disorder and depression…and potentially be used as part of a method of treatment. The studies are really interesting and not what I’d ever expect.

A comic on getting out of your comfort zone.

It’s Groundhog Day! The verdicts of groundhogs in different regions on the coming of spring.

Friday link roundup 12/29

Since 2017 is ending, I wanted to post some best-of lists I’ve rounded up .

From NPR: 50 best music albums of 2017.

From Feministing: favorite feminist writings on the internet from 2017. Favorite feminist films. Favorite feminist books.

From Harper’s Bazaar: Best moments for women in 2017.

Best movie posters of 2017.

Top science and tech stories from 2017. Top business stories.

Barack Obama posted good news stories from 2017 on Twitter.

From the L.A. Times: top undercovered news stories from 2017.

Looking ahead to the New Year:

14 ways to make journaling one of the best things you do in 2018.

A list of must-see movies in 2018.