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A Heart for Resilience: In Review

March 19th, 2019 – Notes From Jenn

Four weeks ago, we celebrated and shared the U!Shine story at the A Heart for Resilience fundraising event, and it was a lovely success! We had over 100 friends join us that evening at the beautiful Skyline Building to hear about how they can start shifting the conversation around mental health in their communities and at universities across the country.

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2018: Jenn's Year in Review

January 3rd, 2019 – Notes From Jenn

It’s hard to believe another year has whizzed by! The U!Shine team continues to be so grateful for all you do to support our mission of bringing mental and emotional health programs and resources to high school and university students. The past year has been full of connecting with students and the community, as well as starting new programs. I know it's a lot to keep up with, so here’s a quick recap --a highlight reel, if you will-- of what we’ve been up to this past year and what you’ve helped build:

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A Note from Jenn on Depression

October 17th, 2018 – Notes From Jenn

Today, I will admit, is a heavier article than I generally share, but in light of the loss our culture has experienced over the past several months, I thought it was fitting to spend a little time with the realities of depression.

Here I am not discussing “the blues,” but diagnosed clinical depression. The “blues” is generally situational and usually doesn’t last very long. We ALL experience blues at one point or another. However, depression is different. Depression occurs when symptoms like hopelessness, irritability, or feelings of emptiness last longer than two weeks and affect daily functioning.

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Love: Noun or Verb?

February 27th, 2018 – Notes From Jenn

As we wrap up February, a month full of red hearts, stomachache inducing amounts of chocolate, and kitschy valentine’s cards, I can’t help but think on the word LOVE. Love is a word with so many meanings, and -- at times — so little meaning. So my curiosity caused me to do some digging into how love and mental health are connected.

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