Mental illness
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An evening with Gary Gulman

Television | A taping with a stand-up comedian becomes a celebration of surviving despair
by Emily Belz
Posted 10/24/19, 01:47 pm

A New York moment: 

In June I went to a comedy special taping in Brooklyn of one of my favorite stand-up comedians, Gary Gulman. As an aside, comedy and late night show tapings are some of the great free activities New York has to offer. 

That HBO special, The Great Depresh, just went live on the cable platform. It mixes his stand-up with a chronicle of his debilitating struggle with anxiety and depression—illnesses that have interrupted his career and probably explain why many Americans don’t know who he is. 

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Onize Ohikere

Maladies of the mind

Health | Nonprofits in Nigeria are working to combat suicide and mental illness, especially among the nation’s youth
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/10/19, 01:34 pm

On a cloudy Saturday morning here in May, around 30 young people in matching T-shirts gathered under a bridge, armed with posters on mental health. They walked across the city for more than an hour, backed by music from two loudspeakers. The group handed out emergency contact cards to passersby and occasionally chanted, “Speak your mind!” and “Better health for all!”

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‘Political advocacy science at its worst’

Family | Researchers acknowledge they conducted a study on conversion therapy to bolster efforts to ban the practice
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 10/04/19, 04:06 pm

Researchers claim to have completed the first study to prove that efforts to help people overcome gender dysphoria cause psychological harm. But critics argue the data is fundamentally flawed and the study doesn’t back its claims.

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