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Issue 19: I'm not always attached to living, but hear me out.
On suicidal ideation, thoughts of suicide
Issue 18: We can all break the cycle of shame and trauma
On intergenerational trauma, embracing queerness
Issue 17: What can I say that hasn't been said?
On passing the mic to Black immigrants, being an effective, anti-racist ally
Issue 16: Why am I so afraid of medication?
On pill shaming and my personal experience with antidepressants
Issue 15: Undocumented, disabled and hung out to dry. Still, we rise.
On being a blind, undocumented Latina—and how the public charge rule hurts disabled immigrants
Issue 14: My parents don't believe I'm depressed. Now what?
On how to refocus on your own healing when you feel dismissed
Issue 13: Are you possessed by demons or are you actually sick?
When we mistake mental illness for jinn, espíritu and other nonhuman beings
Issue 12: Upper lip, too?
On hairless beauty standards, PCOS in Indian womxn and the mental health connection
Issue 11: I can't just pray my disorder away.
When you're living with a mental illness, what role does faith play?
Issue 10: Climate change is coming for our homelands.
On climate anxiety and the aching desire to protect the lands we remember
Issue 09: My job was killing me, so I quit. Should I feel guilty?
On immigrant survivor's guilt and the privilege of risk-taking
Issue 08: What if no place feels like home?
The influence of one's sense of belonging on mental well-being
Issue 07: Please stop asking about my weight.
On body shaming, internalized dysmorphia and cultural stigmas associated with weight
Issue 06: Dad, what does it mean to be a good man?
On masculinity in some immigrant communities
Issue 05: Her sister has autism. Here's what she wants you to know
The stigma of autism in one South Asian community
Issue 04: Salaam, brother.
On internalizing global tragedy
Issue 03: Excuse my French, but...
On escaping accent prejudice
Issue 02: The f*$%-ing model minority myth
How the myth and its racist roots affect immigrant mental health
Issue 01: It's not just the winter blues
One immigrant's struggle with seasonal depression
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