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The mental health crisis is a growing problem among university students in the U.S. One in four young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 have a diagnosable mental illness, and the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated this crisis, with 9 out of 10 students in college reporting negative mental health symptoms. As students return to campus this fall and the Delta variant continues to spread across the country, potentially impacting a return to normal, access to adequate mental health support will be essential.

To address the mental health crisis, U.S. higher education institutions offer formal mental health support —…


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Mental health illnesses are a crisis among all communities in the US, but it is minority communities that are less likely to be diagnosed, and less likely to access treatment and resources. With the COVID-19 pandemic putting a much-needed spotlight on the crisis of mental health, it’s also important to recognize the disproportionate impact mental illness takes on minority communities, including BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) communities.

July was National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, also known as BIPOC Mental Health Month. While July may have passed, we at HearMe are committed to continuing to highlight disparities in…


We knew our knowledge and training for Listeners were among the best in the profession when we launched HearMe, and we’ve witnessed the genuine power of how true, empathic listening can alter lives since then. After two years of refining our training and listening to your input, we are excited to now offer this exciting course to the general public as well as you, our valued community.

Madelon Guinazzo, our Director of Training, has produced a course that will help you improve your listening abilities. It is useful not only for HearMe listeners but also for anybody who wants to…


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I came to the realization about my sexuality when I was in middle school, but I didn’t have the courage to come out and tell anyone about it at the time. Instead, I covered my true self up and pretended to be someone that I was not. Hiding my true self was the most painful experience that I’ve been through, but I was terrified to be found out. And so, I continued to force myself to “fit in” — act, dress, and behave in a certain way — to be as “normal” as possible in the eyes of friends, family…


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May is Mental Health Awareness Month, an opportunity to reflect on the state of mental health, create awareness, break stigma and facilitate dialogues around mental health. At HearMe, we have been committed to supporting these efforts and advocating for the ability for everyone to have access to the support and resources they need. Here are four things you should know this Mental Health Awareness Month:

  1. The Impact of Covid-19 on Mental Health

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Month comes at a time when the world has lost more than three million people due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Along with this…


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In February 2021, Japan announced the appointment of its first-ever Minister of Loneliness following an alarming increase over the past few years in the number of deaths from suicide. This may be a rarely heard appointment of a ministerial position in any country, yet Japan is not the only one to take such measures to tackle loneliness and social isolation. In 2018, UK’s then-Prime Minister Theresa May appointed the country’s first Minister of Loneliness after a 2017 Jo Cox Commision report found that more than nine million people in the country often or always feel lonely. The U.S. …


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Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, data were pointing to a mental health crisis among young people in the US, with financial, academic, family, relationships and employment factors putting a mental strain on the country’s youth. In 2018, about 8.9 million young people aged 18–25 years, or nearly 1 in every 3, reported having any mental illness. The pandemic and its impact on our daily lives has made this crisis even more acute. …


Vulnerability as a true practice in self improvement

In recent years, self-care has become a multi-billion dollar industry, a never-ending self improvement quest and a method of escapism. But self-care isn’t just face masks and $10 green juices.

True self-care isn’t about running away from our problems but walking through them. The oft quoted statement — “wherever you go, you take yourself with you” — is a great illustration of what I mean by this. Self-care is to do what is best for your physical, emotional and mental health and is key to having a positive relationship with yourself…


When I was younger, I found myself at AA, and the impact it had on my life was slow but powerful in a million different ways. Beyond recovery, AA taught me one of the most fundamental lessons of life — how to listen and be listened to in return.

In college, I had an image of myself in a box inside a box while “real life” happened all around me. I would go days without talking to another person, and even when I was surrounded by people, I would hide behind achievements to forget how deeply lonely I felt.

I…


Loneliness. It has been called a growing health epidemic in the U.S., and with good reason.

Almost half of those in the U.S. say they often or always feel lonely, according to a recent study by healthcare services firm, Cigna. This is a significant and worrying statistic, because loneliness and a feeling of isolation are associated with dementia, depression, anxiety, cardiovascular disease and reduced lifespan.

Loneliness has the same impact from a health standpoint as smoking 15 cigarettes per day, in fact, and it is even more dangerous than obesity.

So if half the population is lonely and isolated, we…

Adam Lippin

CEO and Founder of HearMe.app, Co-founder of Cuddlist.com, Founder of Atomic Wings (exited)

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