Art with Impact Changes the Conversation on Mental Health through Short Films

Cary McQueen, executive director, founded Art with Impact in 2011, a nonprofit showcasing short films on mental health and leading discussions about their contents at live events on college campuses. “Mental health is the defining social justice issue of our time,” said McQueen. Diagnosed with depression in college, McQueen sought to use her Bachelor’s degreeContinue reading “Art with Impact Changes the Conversation on Mental Health through Short Films”

World Bipolar Day in Self-Isolation during a Pandemic

Today is World Bipolar Day, March 30. Last summer, I had an acute mania after years of not having one. I fell into a six month depression after that, which was why my blogging was sparse. Through therapy and a medication adjustment, I recovered once again. My story is over twenty years old and I’veContinue reading “World Bipolar Day in Self-Isolation during a Pandemic”

Covid-19 and Your Mental Health

We, here, at A Mile a Minute want to make sure everyone stays safe and healthy from the pandemic we are now in. The key is to isolate from others and if you do go out practice social distancing remaining 6 feet away. Isolation can lead to loneliness. Here’s a few ideas to break upContinue reading “Covid-19 and Your Mental Health”

Activist Melody Moezzi’s The Rumi Prescription a timely tour de force

  I interviewed Melody Moezzi a few years ago after I finished her first and second books War on Error and Haldol and Hyacinths. Melody, who is Iranian-American, is an activist, lawyer, writer. She also happens to be diagnosed bipolar 1. As I read her newest book The Rumi Prescription: How an Ancient Mystic PoetContinue reading “Activist Melody Moezzi’s The Rumi Prescription a timely tour de force”

Dear Young Rocker, a binge worthy break from the Coronavirus

  Chelsea Ursin, of Boston, saw her younger self as wild but fragile. She’s the creator of the Dear Young Rocker podcast a memoir about her adolescent rage and angst and how she channeled these feelings through music—rock music. Her fave band as a teen Smashing Pumpkins. Ursin, when asked, said three words to describeContinue reading “Dear Young Rocker, a binge worthy break from the Coronavirus”

Social Media Entrepreneur and Advocate Hannah Blum Publishes New Book

UPDATE: I interviewed Hannah Blum for this blog in 2018. I’m delighted to say her new book The Truth about Broken: the Unfixed Version of Self-Love is for sale on Amazon. A combination of memoir and the quotes and poetry that went viral on her Instagram account, Blum’s writing is raw and beautiful. She doesContinue reading “Social Media Entrepreneur and Advocate Hannah Blum Publishes New Book”

Being There: What Friendship and Connection Can Teach Us about Life

Being present and in the moment when family and friends need you means a lot to people. I learned this from my grandfather who showed up with cards and chocolates on Valentine’s Day during my childhood. He visited me when I was alone and on my own cross-country in Chicago. He was the only oneContinue reading “Being There: What Friendship and Connection Can Teach Us about Life”