Articles tagged with: mental health

Déjà vu and learning from my past mistakes

published: November, 23, 2017 Written by // Patrick Italo Ettenes Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Patrick Italo Ettenes

Patrick Italo Ettenes on déjà vu and drawing from the lessons of past lives to help find the way forward.

Déjà vu and learning from my  past mistakes

Well, it will soon be here… that’s right, Christmas! A time of joy for some and sadness for others. Let’s face it, for many people, Christmas is not the best time of year. Nevertheless, someone like hypersensitive me will feel the energy in the air and sometimes I can smell Christmas, and I am kinda looking forward to it. And on the HIV calendar we have World AIDS Day coming up; a remembrance of all those who died when it first came out. So what’s this month’s article about? Well od

A day in the life of an anxious and depressed HIV advocate

published: March, 30, 2017 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Social Media, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Joshua Middleton

Josh Middleton: "I'm simply Josh. An advocate who lives with HIV, depression and anxiety. Nothing more, nothing less."

A day in the life of an anxious and depressed HIV advocate

The days pass by and the voices inside my head seem to grow louder and louder. Is my advocacy really making a difference? Am I doing enough? Does anybody really care? You read the title right. It wasn't a typo, and I didn't misspeak. This is a brief look into my life as an HIV advocate who battles anxiety and depression. I've spoken about mental health before, and while many times I speak from a "third-person perspective," today, I would like to speak from a "first-person perspective." That

Love is all that matters

published: March, 14, 2017 Written by // Patrick Italo Ettenes Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Patrick Italo Ettenes

Patrick Italo Ettenes on dementia: "I know now that no matter what I hear in my head, I will go out and reclaim my life."

Love is all that matters

Well, guess who’s attempting to get back into the swing of things! Brace yourself – it’s going to be another bumpy ride. 2017 has emotionally marked me forever. For those who believe in coincidence, I have a few that will cause the hairs on your back to stand up. Allow me first to say that no matter what life throws at me, I have come to realize that I cope or manage however I need to. I fight without knowing it, and I slip down loops of self-destruction like anyone else. So what has H

Like the Mark of Cain, we carry stigma with us.

published: March, 01, 2017 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Mental Health, Women, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder: "... I wonder if, in some ways, we perpetuate stigma by trying to diminish it."

Like the Mark of Cain, we carry stigma with us.

"Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him" Genesis 4:15-16 I see a lot of campaigns about reducing stigma and each time I see a new one there's a little knot in my stomach that makes me uncomfortable. While I strongly believe that we need to reduce HIV stigma and discrimination, I wonder if, in some ways, we perpetuate stigma by trying to diminish it. Here some people's heads will be exploding, but nonetheless, every time we talk about how we're stigmatiz

My 10 Step to Do List for Enduring Depression

published: October, 12, 2016 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Mental Health, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Joshua Middleton

From physical activity to keeping a pet, Joshua Middleton with a plan of action from one who knows about the condition well - and what to do about it

My 10 Step to Do List for Enduring Depression

This blog was published for The Body and original weblink for article can be found by clicking here. It also appears on Joshua’s own blog here.   A plan of action to combat depression is necessary. While we may never be cured of this condition, we can take steps to suppress it. Some of these things may make us feel uncomfortable or at times seem downright pointless; however, I promise the more you do to actively combat your depression, the better you are going to feel in the long run. As

"I drank myself into becoming HIV-positive after being raped”

published: June, 20, 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Mental Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Living with HIV

From FS Magazine, guest author Dave G tells how he "turned a negative into a positive" in the aftermath of rape

This article by Dave G is from FS Magazine, a publication of the UK’s GMFA, here.    For this issue of FS we asked 1,200 gay men about their drinking habits. One reader got in touch and asked if he could share his story about drinking his way into becoming HIV-positive after he was raped by his boyfriend. This is Dave’s story... I was diagnosed HIV-positive on 29 July 2015. I admitted I was an alcoholic on 30 July 2015. Both are interlinked. It all started when I was 18-years-old. I

Suffering in Silence: Why the HIV Community Can No Longer Ignore Mental Health

published: June, 08, 2016 Written by // Joshua Middleton Categories // Mental Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Joshua Middleton

Straight poz guy Josh Middleton says, "Our tunnel vision strategic approach has blinded us to the serious situation in which we find ourselves."

Suffering in Silence: Why the HIV Community Can No Longer Ignore Mental Health

The reality is that we are in the middle of a mental health crisis, the stakes could never be higher, and our lives are on the line. We are focusing on the exterior rather than the interior and quantity over quality. Our tunnel vision strategic approach has blinded us to the serious situation in which we find ourselves. Contributor to TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com; and author of “Lust, Men, and Meth: A Gay Man’s Guide to Sex and Recovery”, Dr. David Fawcett (PhD, LSCW), provided pro

Medical marijuana activism in NYC

published: May, 26, 2016 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Activism, Alternative Therapies, Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, International , Treatment, Lifestyle, Population Specific , Félix Garmendía

Our NYC guy Felix Garmendia recalls with affection and pride his days with the NYC Buyers' Club

Medical marijuana activism in NYC

"I wouldn’t say the weed made me HIGH, but it did manage to wrap me in an aura of relaxation, comfort and serenity. My mind drifted to a peaceful place, far from the horrors of working in a putrid system that just doesn’t work." I have used the “herb” for decades now. It was introduced to me by my “paraprofessional” (teacher’s helper) when I was a New York City school teacher, working in the Bronx in the early 1990s.  One Friday afternoon Miss Rodriguez saw me resting my head

Depression

published: May, 11, 2016 Categories // Mental Health, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Marc-André LeBlanc with “Let the Sunshine In” says “One walk in the sun won’t cure depression. But it’s one (literal) step that can help to chase away the dark and dingy film that clouds your brain when you’re depressed.”

Depression

For what seems like the fourth time in the past month, Spring seems to have arrived.  There had better not be a possible snowfall in the forecast for next week or I’ll be depressed.  No really. While we enjoyed a relatively mild winter this year, that was actually not such good news for some of us. When it’s a cold winter, like last year, at least there’s plenty of sun during those short frigid days. But when it’s a mild winter, it usually goes hand in hand with lots of clouds and

Next stop: unknown

published: March, 22, 2016 Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Our Toronto guy Josh is changing jobs and his concerns about HIV drug coverage and security and he’s anxious and angry that his HIV status is intruding again

Next stop: unknown

This post is coming at a point where I’m feeling a lot of anxiety, so it might not be concise or even sensible. I needed to get my thoughts off my chest and out somewhere to try and calm down.  I’ve been considering changing jobs for some time now. I value the place I work; it does good things for vulnerable people, and the team that I am on is incredibly supportive and smart. I also have a manager who I value and respect. She’s the only one at work who knows about my status, and she

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