Mahevash Shaikh

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies at 87

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at the age of 87, according to a statement released by the Supreme Court, on Friday. According to the statement, Ginsburg died from pancreatic cancer complications. She has undergone treatment for cancer several times in the past, most recently over the summer. “Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature,” Chief Justice John Roberts said. “We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her, a tired and resolute champion of justice.” Statement from the US Supreme Court on the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) September 19, 2020 Ginsburg was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993 by then-President Bill Clinton. A champion of Civil Rights, her court opinions often upheld the right to health care, including the Affordable Care Act. And in the 1999 landmark case Olmstead v. LC, Ginsburg wrote the majority opinion protecting the right of people with disabilities to live in the community. Fans, friends and colleagues reacted to her death on social media and celebrated the powerful legacy she leaves behind. "Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you." — Ruth Bader Ginsburg— Meena Harris (@meenaharris) September 18, 2020 A shock. A sadness. A great loss. The passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg leaves a hole in a nation already reeling. She is an American hero, in every sense. We can honor her by joining to carry forth her legacy of equality, empathy, and justice. May she Rest in Peace.— Dan Rather (@DanRather) September 18, 2020 Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the kind of scholar and patriot you get excited about explaining to your kids. The kind of person who you say “who knows, one day you could be HER”. I hope you rest well, RBG, you must have been tired from changing the world.— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) September 19, 2020 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg devoted her life to the fight for equality and the rule of law. There is no greater responsibility in this moment than ensuring that fight continues. This is it. Everything. We have to step up and collectively demand justice. We cannot back down.— Charlotte Clymer ????️‍???? (@cmclymer) September 19, 2020 It is not an understatement to say that Ruth Bader Ginsburg single-handedly changed the futures of millions of American women.— Ashly Perez (@itsashlyperez) September 19, 2020 This is devastating, an incalculable loss. We owe so much to RBG. Rest in Power Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #RIPRBG— Megan Rapinoe (@mPinoe) September 19, 2020 "Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn't be that women are the exception."– RBG. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a legend and she will be missed. Rest In Peace #RBG #RIPRBG ????????????— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) September 18, 2020 The passing of the great Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a great loss to the nation. It is a tremendous loss to civil rights for all Americans. RIP RGB.????????— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) September 18, 2020 “Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.” We keep fighting. We keep moving. We keep taking steps forward.Rest In Peace, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and thank you. ????— Elizabeth Tulloch (@BitsieTulloch) September 19, 2020 Few Americans have done as much for the cause of equality as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She broke glass ceilings at every turn. She envisioned and implemented a humane and progressive interpretation of the law. She changed this country for the better.— Governor Tim Walz (@GovTimWalz) September 18, 2020 Ruth Bader Ginsburg wasn’t just a giant on women’s rights, she was a giant on all minority rights. She was a Jewish woman who stood up to Trump’s ban on Muslims. That’s because she believed in the idea and promise of America. She was the best of us. #RIP— Cenk Uygur (@cenkuygur) September 19, 2020 “I would like to be remembered as someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability." — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg— Simran Jeet Singh (@SikhProf) September 19, 2020 It’s beyond heartbreaking to hear that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of pancreatic cancer today. She lived a glorious life and changed the world. I know Justice Ginsburg will live on forever in the hearts and minds of millions of people for generations to come.— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) September 19, 2020 Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a hero, a trailblazer, and an icon. She may be gone, but her legacy will live on for generations. We’re reading this book tonight to honor her, and on November 3rd, we’ll honor her again by voting. I hope you’ll do the same. ❤️— Eric Rosswood (@LGBT_Activist) September 18, 2020 Our nation is better, fairer, and more just because of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Today, we pause to reflect on her extraordinary life. Tomorrow, we must do the work to ensure her legacy is not undone. Godspeed Notorious RBG.— Todd Gloria (@ToddGloria) September 18, 2020 Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a trailblazer for women’s rights and a courageous woman with a passion for justice while she served. Hope she can rest peacefully knowing her legacy will live on for decades to come.— Ovi Kabir (@TheOviKabir) September 18, 2020 NEW: the flags outside the Supreme Court are being lowered right now, in honor of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.— Heather Graf (@ABC7HeatherGraf) September 18, 2020

5 Charts You Need If Identifying Your Emotions Is Hard

“How do you feel?” No, really. How do you actually feel? Identifying our emotions can be one of the most difficult things we do on a regular basis. It’s easy to say we are feeling “good” or “happy”; even saying we’re feeling “stressed” has become normalized. However, how we are truly feeling (and why) is often much more nuanced and complicated. Luckily, various artists, authors and researchers in the field of psychology have created charts and tools to help us out. Here are five charts you may need if you have a hard time identifying your emotions. Find your people on The Mighty! Review the list of communities or start your own in The Mighty app . 1. The Wheel of Emotions This tool has gained popularity recently, so you may have already seen it, but it is certainly worth including on this list; it is a giant “wheel” of emotions, color-coded by “category” of emotions. As fellow Mighty Contributor and Editorial Director Sarah Schuster describes in her article about this tool: “…what makes the Wheel of Emotions so great is that it starts out relatively vague, and then moves on to more specific, intense emotions. Even if I think I feel nothing… I can usually at least choose an emotion to start. My options are: Bad, Fearful, Angry, Disgusted, Sad, Happy, Surprised. If I can’t pinpoint exactly how I’m feeling, but know, at the very least, I feel “bad,” I can then move on to the next layer. (Do I feel Bored, Busy, Stressed or Tired?) Then, I can even go one step deeper. If I feel Stressed, do I also feel Overwhelmed or Out of Control? Do I feel both? Even if there isn’t one “perfect” label  to sum up how I’m feeling, it sets me in the right direction. It gives me some language to talk about how I feel. It’s better than ‘nothing.'” 2. The Mood Meter Created by Dr. Marc Brackett, the Mood Meter is another helpful tool for identifying emotions. Brackett is the Founder and Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and writes about the importance of being an “emotion scientist” in his book, “Permission to Feel.” The great thing about the Mood Meter is that it separates emotions into four quadrants based on “pleasantness” and “energy” (and much like the Wheel of Emotions, it is also nicely color-coded!) You can identify the emotion that most closely matches your current state and also identify the quadrant: high pleasantness and high energy, high pleasantness and low energy, low pleasantness and high energy, or low pleasantness and low energy. If this tool is helpful for you, it also comes in the form of an app and can be accessed at 3. Zones of Regulation Created by occupational therapist Leah Kuypers, the “Zones of Regulation” can be another powerful tool to use to help one identify and cope with emotions. This tool can be particularly helpful for children and places emotions into four color-coded zones: red, yellow, green and blue. According to Kuypers: The Red Zone is used to describe extremely heightened states of alertness and intense emotions. A person may be elated or experiencing anger, rage, devastation or terror when in the Red Zone. The Yellow Zone is also used to describe a heightened state of alertness and elevated emotions, however one has more control when they are in the Yellow Zone. A person may be experiencing stress, frustration, anxiety, excitement, silliness, the wiggles or nervousness when in the Yellow Zone. The Green Zone is used to describe a calm state of alertness. A person may be described as happy, focused, content, or ready to learn when in the Green Zone. This is the zone where optimal learning occurs. The Blue Zone is used to describe low states of alertness and down feelings such as when one feels sad, tired, sick or bored.The Zones can be compared to traffic signs. When given a green light or in the Green Zone, one is “good to go.” A yellow sign means be aware or take caution, which applies to the Yellow Zone. A red light or stop sign means stop, and when one is the Red Zone this often is the case. The Blue Zone can be compared to the rest area signs where one goes to rest or re-energize. All of the zones are natural to experience, but the framework focuses on teaching students how to recognize and manage their Zone based on the environment and its demands and the people around them.” 4. Emotional Equations If you have a more scientific/math-oriented brain, this tool might be the one for you! Created by author Chip Conley, this chart looks at emotions as mathematical equations and offers explanations for how certain emotions are formed and created. In an interview posted on Psychology Today: “If you believe in Buddhist philosophy and thinking, the first noble truth of Buddhism is that suffering is ever present. So think of suffering as the constant. Think of meaning as the variable. If you remember back to algebra, there is often a constant and a variable in an equation. If suffering remains the constant, then when you increase meaning (the variable) despair goes down.Despair equals suffering minus meaning. Let me do the simple math so that it makes sense. 8 = 10 – 2. Despair (8) equals suffering (10) minus meaning (2). 8 = 10 – 2. So if meaning goes up from 2 to 3, the despair goes down from 8 to 7. When meaning goes up, despair goes down. This equation helped me to see that meaning and despair are somewhat inversely proportional, so the more I could find meaning in my life, the more I would reduce my despair.” 5. “Feeling Words” Chart This chart is particularly interesting. It includes two columns of emotions; one column is titled “When Needs Are Not Being Met” and the other column is titled “When Needs Are Being Met.” The columns then list various parallel emotions and other words to describe each emotion. For example, if someone’s needs are being met, they may feel “grateful,” but if their needs are not being met, the parallel emotion is “longing.” This can be a good tool to use if it is helpful for you to identify your emotions based on whether or not your individual needs are met. If you struggle to identify your emotions, you are not alone. It is, without a doubt, one of the hardest parts of being human. Next time someone asks you how you are feeling, try not to just default to a response of “good,” or “fine”; use one of these charts to describe how you really feel! Image credits: Wheel of Emotion The Mood Meter Zones of Regulation Emotional Equations “Feeling Words” Chart

HBO's 'The Weight of Gold' Highlights Olympians' Mental Health

What happened: HBO’s latest documentary, “The Weight of Gold” zeroes in on the mental state of various U.S. Olympians before and after participating in their respective events. From Michael Phelps to Sasha Cohen, star performers talk about their mental health struggles, including depression and suicidal thoughts. Released on Wednesday, the documentary’s goal is to humanize athletes and get the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee to provide much-needed mental health resources. It breaks my heart because there’s so many people who care so much about our physical well-being, but I never saw caring about our mental well-being. We’re products until we’ve stopped competing, and until we are stopped being treated like we’re products, we’re not going to change the equation. — Michael Phelps View this post on Instagram Driven by passion. Broken by the pursuit. Determined to change. #TheWeightofGold premieres July 29 at 9 pm.A post shared by HBO (@hbo) on Jul 20, 2020 at 10:00am PDT The Frontlines : Despite increased mental health awareness, people who are viewed as “high-functioning” face doubt and dismissal when they speak up about mental health issues. Olympians, for example, are idolized for pushing the boundaries of what the human body is capable of without concern for their mental health. In the words of hurdler and bobsledder Lolo Jones, “Athletes just don’t talk about our weaknesses. We’re tough.” This attitude and lack of support from the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee negatively impacts athletes, causing depression and leading to suicidal thoughts in some instances. What’s more, with this year’s Olympics being canceled due to COVID-19, athletes are struggling more now than ever. Uncertainty owing to the pandemic has negatively impacted the mental health of sportspersons set to participate in the now-cancelled 2020 Olympics Get more on mental health: Sign up for our weekly newsletter A Mighty Voice: Our contributor, Bailey Griffin, shared why mental health issues should never be ignored even among high achievers. “Being able to function well does not necessarily negate the severity of your mental illness, nor does the severity of your mental illness prohibit your ability to be ‘high-functioning.’” You can submit your first person story, too. From Our Community: Which athletic role describes you best? Other things to know: To learn more about mental illness and sports, take a lot at these Mighty articles: The One Thing That Made the Difference in My Son’s Eating Disorder Recovery Why Sports Have Helped Me Stay Sober in My Battle With Addiction What Happens When the Game Ends When ‘Practicing What You Preach’ Doesn’t Help Your Depression Where to watch: “The Weight of Gold” is available for streaming now on HBO. You can watch the documentary’s trailer below.

Online Therapy App Ayana Will Match BIPOC Clients and Therapists

What happened: BIPOC people have unique mental health challenges that white therapists cannot fully understand. Black entrepreneur Eric Coly, who has struggled with anxiety and depression, has created an online therapy app to better support the mental health of BIPOC people. Ayana is an upcoming app that will enable people of color to find therapists who are also people of color. Set to be released in August 2020, the app will be the first of its kind to cater exclusively to BIPOC people based in the USA. No one should have to settle when you look for something that can help you heal. People of color should be more demanding about who their therapist is. When it comes to healing, you are meant to find your safe space, and safe space to me means being seen, being looked at, being understood. — Eric Coly   View this post on Instagram  A post shared by AYANA (@ayana_therapy) on Jul 2, 2020 at 11:59am PDT The Frontlines : Ayana also will focus on intersectional identities, which includes BIPOC people, the LGBTQ+ community and the disability community. On the website, Coly highlighted that online therapy can be more accessible for many people in these communities, who are more likely to experience mental health issues and less likely to be able to access care. According to Mental Health America, 23% of Indigenous people, 17% of Black people, 15% of Latinx people and 13% of Asian people live with a mental illness About 37% of people who identify as LGBTQ+ live with a mental health condition Because many health settings or services are inaccessible, people with a disability are less likely to get the treatments they need, including mental health care Get more on mental health: Sign up for our weekly mental health newsletter. A Mighty Voice: Our contributor, Denise Nichole, explained why people of color’s mental health needs are not met. “Accessibility to mental health care and education should not be a privilege. Discussions of mental health are still stigmatized in communities of color. That is why more support is needed to ensure that needs are met and that options are viable.” You can submit your first-person story, too. From Our Community: What level of knowledge should I expect from an online therapist/counselor? #Counseling  #Therapy  #OnlineTherapy  #StepTherapy  #question Other things to know: For more information on mental health resources and apps, read these Mighty articles: 5 Free Apps to Help You on Your Mental Health Recovery Journey 8 Mental Health Resources for Black Folks – Because You Deserve Support More helpful thinking: Check out Ayana’s official website here and sign up for its free newsletter to get prelaunch notifications.

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