Category Archives: Entertainment

Even the End of the World Is a Chance for Connection in This Poem

“I’ve been hearing the world is ending,” begins Neil Hilborn’s ‘This is Not the End of the World.’ You’d be forgiven for thinking he’s talking about our current political climate, but this is a poem that he’s been performing since at least 2013. This poem isn’t about politics — it’s about mental health issues and […]

Read More

This Cheery Short Helpfully Illustrates Two Kinds of Anxiety

Fears from Nata Metlukh on Vimeo. Fear and anxiety aren’t always bad things. Anxiety on its own can be a very sensible response to danger, part of your body’s natural defenses. But when it keeps you from enjoying safe, everyday experiences, it can be a problem — and that’s when it has the potential to […]

Read More

A Commencement Address for All of Us Who Aren’t Sure What We’re Doing

Maybe you’re graduating this spring, maybe you’re not. Maybe you have no idea what’s next, maybe you have a plan, or maybe you’re in the middle of making your plan happen. Unless it carries you right through to retirement without shifting an inch (and if so, tell us how you did it, because that’s got […]

Read More

Twitch Builds Positivity With the Help of Mister Rogers and TwitchUnity

Current events are stressful right now, to put it mildly. If you need to take a short breather, swing by Twitch, where 886 episodes of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” are currently streaming. Starting in 1963 and continuing for 31 seasons, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” taught generations of children about compassion (for others and themselves), honesty, trust, and […]

Read More

James of No Trades Finds (Dark) Humor in Depression

Enjoy the occasional laugh at your depression or anxiety’s expense? Head on over to James of No Trades. Artist James Regan tackles mental health with a good helping of cynicism for those days when you’re full up on inspiration. He nails the way humor can still thrive when you’re depressed. http://jamesfregan.tumblr.com/post/158890497385 He knows exactly how […]

Read More

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Director Talks Mental Health and Misfits

It’s safe to say Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opened well. At $145 million on its first weekend, it falls within the top 20 opening weekends of all time. Not a bad start for the second outing of a space-faring band of misfits. Writer and director James Gunn was quick to celebrate with a […]

Read More

‘Depression & Dragons’ Is a New Podcast About the Healing Power of Tabletop RPGs

Have room in your life for a new podcast? If so, you might want to check out Depression & Dragons, a new podcast that seems tailor-made for anyone interested in mental health and gaming. There are only three episodes available so far, and it’s surprisingly hard to pin down its format. The first episode, Genesis, […]

Read More

Fandoms Are Fun, but Are They Healthy?

Hank Green (Vlogbrothers, SciShow) just launched SciShow Psych, a new YouTube channel devoted to answering questions about psychology. For one of their first few videos, they tackled a question that’s near and dear to me, and probably to many of you as well: is fandom a healthy obsession, or is it a problem? The answer, […]

Read More

A Psychological Look at ‘Logan’

If you’ve seen Logan, you know it delves into some pretty dark territory. Wolverine is a character with a long, painfully history, and the film isn’t afraid to explore the consequences of that. In this video for Shrink Tank, Jonathan Hetterly, LPC takes us through some of the traits, situations and mental health issues that […]

Read More

‘Rueben Leaves’ Is an Award-Winning Animated Short About Obsessive Thoughts

RUBEN LEAVES from Frederic Siegel on Vimeo. If you’ve ever dealt with obsessive or intrusive thoughts and the anxieties that come from them, the award-winning short “Rueben Leaves” may be familiar. Created by Frederic Siegel, it’s the story of a man who tries to leave his house to attend a meeting at the office, but […]

Read More