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  • May: Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month

    Thomas D’Angelo, M.D.   Invasion is a structure not an event M. Jacqui Alexander is referring to colonialism, which we will definitely get into, but the double meaning is relevant to maternal mental health too. For most of human history(99%?)conception, pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period were communal projects. Hopi communities think about a coming … Continued

  • April: Reducing Disparities in Care for Black Toddlers with Autism Through Partnerships with the Black Community

    Reducing Disparities in Care for Black Toddlers with Autism Through Partnerships with the Black Community Christina Corsello Orahovats, Ph.D. There are more children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) now than ever before, with the most recent numbers from the CDC suggesting as many as 1 in 44 children with the diagnosis (Maenner, et. al., … Continued

  • April: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Autism, Opening the Door

    Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Autism: Opening the Door By Jessica Kinard 4/12/2022   “Yo siempre pensaba, tú entre más conozcas el problema, más puedes ayudar…” “I always thought, the more you know about the problem, the more you can help…” –Mother of a child with autism (Kinard, 2015)   This quote comes from a … Continued

  • Rebecca Taylor

    March: Self-Harm Awareness Month

    Written by Rebecca V. Taylor, MD, MA, Assistant Professor , Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry SIB and the Intersection of Race, Culture, and Ethnicity When most of us think of self-injurious behavior, we think of those who intentionally cut themselves. The typical person who comes to mind as engaging in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) is … Continued

  • February: National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

    An Examination of Anorexia Nervosa in Black Women by Dani Coan Dani is a rising senior social work major at NC State and a CEED Summer Intern. She is also a Research Assistant in Dr. Goode’s Living F.R.E.E. Lab   Black women represent 6.4 percent of the U.S. population. Managing the interlocking impacts of racism and … Continued

  • Nadia Charguia

    January: Mental Wellness Month

    Nadia E. Charguia, MD  Associate Professor Executive Medical Director (interim), Integrated Well-Being Program for UNC Healthcare Director, Taking Care of Our Own Program Medical Director, UNC Psychiatry Outpatient Services   Where we are and where we are going cannot exist without embracing our own well-being. Working in the realm of wellness and well-being at UNC has been … Continued

  • Matt Ballard

    January: Mental Wellness Month

    Matt Ballard, MSW, MDiv Program Manager, Farm at Penny Lane, which houses the Center’s innovative mental health recovery programs such as Horticulture Therapy, Brushes with Life Arts program, UNC PAWS and wellness programs.   Many of us who work with psychiatric patients or clients with serious mental illness (SMI) are familiar with overall health outcomes … Continued

  • January: Imposter Syndrome

    By Laura Ornelas, Ph.D.   As a junior investigator in academia, I understand firsthand the significant impact imposter syndrome can have on one’s mental health and well-being. While academia has been a place where I have matured as a research scientist and experienced many achievements, it is also an environment that is comprised of pressures … Continued

  • December: Eating Disorders During the Holidays

    Written by Dr. Jean Doak, Clinical Director, UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders (CEED)   The holiday season is a time accompanied by celebrations, observances, religious, family, and cultural traditions, and increased time with family and friends. While it can be a time of excitement, anticipation, and joy, it can also be a time … Continued

  • December: Embracing Black-Affirming Mental Health Support and Advocacy

    By Gabby Hodgins, MD How often do we hear the sentiment, ‘it’s just hair?’ I would argue that this sentiment, although often well-meaning, is simply untrue. Being able to take care of our own skin and hair is something that gives us as human beings autonomy, dignity, and a means of self-expression. That said, the ability for all … Continued