How online therapy has expanded

By: Carla Tizcareno

After the pandemic started, and everyone was stuck at home, technology became a key tool in staying connected. We all know how that went. With everyone online, the mental health community was seeing a lot of setbacks.

Therapy wasn’t an easy thing to access because we were not allowed to go in public spaces. Because of the pandemic, health care providers were basically forced to see their patients online.

Currently, all mental health services are offering in-person and online options. There are many organizations that are purely online and targeted towards people who cannot afford therapy or don’t have insurance. In some cases, the therapist you see can adjust their hourly fee to meet the range that you can afford.

There are multiple websites that help you find a therapist that is available for you that meets your needs. Here a a couple of those sites:

There are also online therapy apps that help you connect with a therapist with a video call or through text. Wysa, Joyable, and Talkspace are some of those apps. Most of these options are under $100 a week. Apps like TickTalkTo are free or extremely cheap.

There are also many popular apps that help teach meditation, relaxation, good self-care, and coping mechanisms to help with many different mental health issues. Some of those apps are called: Calm, Headspace, and Expectful.

If you have been diagnosed with a specific mental illness that you want to target, there are many different support groups that are specifically made for people with depression, anxiety, OCD, and many more.

As always, there are mental health hotlines:

  • If it is an emergency, always dial 911
  • The national suicide prevention hotline can be accessed by dialing (877) 472-3457
  • The crisis text line is also available by texting HOME to 741741

It’s important to keep your personal wellness and health in check. In our day and age we have more options for that. The mental health community will continue to grow for years and years to come.

‘Everything I Never Told You’ by Celeste Ng

By: Julia Swee

Caution, this review contains *SPOILERS*

‘Everything I Never Told You’ is a fictional, deep hearted, literary thriller by the American writer who goes by the pen name of Celeste Ng. Within the book, Celeste includes intense imagery of heartache, as she narrates the lives of a five person Asian-American family growing up in the suburbs of Ohio. The story takes place in the year 1977, when society was much less accepting of diversity. This adds a very pragmatic sense of the racism that Asians encountered at the time.

As the story begins, Ng narrates the lives of each family member. The main character, a 15-year-old girl named Lydia, is immediately highlighted as the main subject of the story. From the very beginning of the novel, we are introduced to the fact that Lydia had died in the nearby lake where the family lived. Ng jumps back and forth on the timeline of the family, from when Lydia was alive, and after she died, as each different character’s point of view is set on display while they mourn over the loss of their family member. 

As Ng narrates Lydia’s story, relevant information is included, such as her whereabouts, her connections, and her overall lifestyle before her death. As the book goes on, more and more pieces are connected that give us hints and clues as to what could’ve happened to Lydia, and what led to her the point of death. 

Ng also narrates the lives of Lydia’s mother Marilyn, her father James, her elder brother Nathan, and her little sister Hannah. Ng uses the transitions between different perspectives from each character, and the varying timelines of each event, to allow the reader to connect the pieces of Lydia’s disappearance. 

Celeste Ng uses this story to present an almost surreal look into the life of a modern family and the real life horrors that can severely impact the foundation of such. The way that Ng uses different perspectives to show the varying emotions that are caused by loss provides insight into the notion that life and death go hand and hand in the world. Celeste Ng does a beautiful job of setting the scene for a story that opens your eyes to the cold hard truth of the impacts that individualistic differences can have on youths. 

As we learn more and more about Lydia’s life before death, and what led up to it, we are able to grasp and understand the inner workings of her family. Ng leads a heartfelt path to the final devastating conclusion of the novel, allowing the reader to grasp the notion that nothing is ever really what it seems. 

Celeste Ng published a novel that drew a portrait of life, loss, family, heartbreak, and everything that comes with it. I recommend this book to fans of books that touch on deep family trauma and reconnection. The subject is touchy, and it is depressing, but it is not without hope at times, including the at end.

Distracted driving

By: Christina Cyrus

Distracted driving is any activity that distracts the driver’s attention from driving, which includes talking or texting on your phone, eating, drinking, or changing the radio station. These can all lead to unsafe driving.

Texting is the most common distraction. Sending texts makes you take your eyes off the road, and you cannot safely drive unless your vehicle has your full attention.

The consequences of texting and driving can be severely bad; it could lead to you killing someone which could then lead to 20 years in jail.

Everyone can be involved in a way to save life. Teens are the best way to get information out, because most of the time their lives involve texting or social media. Parents can also play a big role because they are the role models, and kids are going to do things that their parents do. They can also remind their kids to stay off their phones to help prevent anything bad happening/save their lives.

The law, in Minnesota, is that nobody under the age of 21 can be on their phones unless the phone has “hand free” mode. I think this is a good law because you shouldn’t be on your phone while driving, but you still have a phone there in case there is an emergency.

In my opinion, I think driving is a very good privilege and with driving it comes with you thinking and making the right choices; it comes with responsibility. This is why the law says you have to be 21, because it gives people more time to mature.

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