The September Issue: A Mental Health Narrative

10:30 pm, September 3rd Tuesday nights were ridiculous. We found ourselves at the same old bar, waiting in line with the same old crowd. We smiled vaguely at ex-lovers passing by and pretended the three shots of tequila at the pregame had yet to hit us. A dozen or so heels tapped against the concrete…

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The Monologue of a Young Indian Man Struggling with Mental Health – Part 2: Love, Life, & Mental Health

A sensible guy would simply reverse his car if he needs to pick up his right-next-door neighbour. But I don’t ever do that. I prefer to play it safe and drive around my block to pick her up daily for campus. None of my snooping and take-it-or-leave-it advice-giving Indian neighbours have noticed this peculiar habit…

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The Monologue of a Young Indian Man Struggling with Mental Health: Prologue

The Monologue of a Young Indian Man Struggling with Mental Health Issues is a fictional story of Daniyal: a 20-year-old young Indian man struggling with mental health, OCD in particular. Written by Mohammed Arai, this story is narrated in different parts, with each part focusing on various aspects of Daniyal’s life.   The author, through…

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The Calm After The Storm

I have anxiety, probably as a result of experiences that will haunt me forever. At times, I still have panic attacks — moments where I feel like I can’t breathe, it’s getting hot, and I’m overthinking but can’t think at the same time. For a long time, I didn’t know how to get past these moments,…

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Why Universities Need To Improve Their Mental Health Services

Frosh week, orientation, figuring out your way around campus is something many of us have gone through in our first year of post-secondary education. When the excitement of university acceptance and campus tours die down, and months seem to pass by like weeks, finally lets into what many students will mask. Finals season has just…

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Five Minute Sanctuaries

In my day job, I meet all kinds of patients. People with lives in between the medicines they use, with smiles and tears, triumphs and fears. On this typical day, someone wants to speak to the pharmacist. Inside the consultation room, I sit down with the lady in question and let her talk. When I…

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