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Postings from June 2017

Jun 30, 2017

The city of Pittsburgh lies at the confluence of three major rivers, but, as you might expect, the number of bridges is far higher.  

Those many bridges and the waters below often tempt those who consider ending their life's pain and depression. It's what my only brother did in the Allegheny River 12 years ago. But a miracle of timing and caring happened this week on the old Sixth Street Bridge above that same river: a bridge connecting downtown...

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Jun 29, 2017

“In Korea, there is no such thing as mental health. One is seen as 'weak' if they have a mental health issue. People with mental health issues are seen as ‘crazy’ and the issue is something that must be overcome. It is often seen as a lack of faith in Christ.” My interviewee, Jin-Hee, is a Korean-American mental health professional in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Born to Korean parents, she was raised in a traditional Korean church community. Given that depression is perceived as a sign of personal weakness, according to Jin-Hee, it is not seen as a clinical issue in Korea...

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Jun 21, 2017

Repeated threats, physical or verbal attacks, rumors, and exclusion all fall into the category of bullying. Unfortunately, in recent years, bullying has become prevalent at college campuses, and according to the National Center for Educational Statistics, approximately 20% of all students reported being bullied in 2016.

Bullying is considered a type of psychological, as well as physical harassment that is linked to various mental health challenges, and in more serious cases, even suicide. While the relationship between suicide and bullying is not one of a cause and an effect,...

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Jun 06, 2017

A formal portrait of Sok-ki and his mother. Photo courtesy Chris Juergens.

 
While roasting pork belly and kimchi accompanied by the ubiquitous Korean liquor soju, my friend Sok-Ki’s widowed mother called him to see when he would be home. In the most respectful Korean (Korean has multiple distinct levels of speech, determined by the context and with whom you are speaking), he said “Yes, mom, I won’t be too late. Yes, is there anything you...
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