Office on Women's Health Blog

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Say "No" to Holiday Stress

Beth A. Collins-Sharp

Welcome to the holiday season, an annual test of endurance for many women. The key to making it through, is to make choices that will eliminate the big stressors. Here's my guide to a less stressful holiday season.

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Women Veterans Today

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Did you know that there are more than 2.2 million women Veterans in the United States? Yet many do not know that they may be eligible for health care and other benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). If a woman has served, she deserves the services and benefits she has earned.

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Suicide Is on My Mind

Kimberly Konkel

I'm a survivor of suicide. For me, that means that I've attempted to end my life by suicide and survived the death of my aunt who ended her life with a gun.

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College: A New State of Mind

Esther Lee

Last summer, before my first year of college, I tried my best to prepare for a healthy daily lifestyle. I researched nutritious meals and snacks, created an exercise routine, and committed myself to avoiding all-nighters. However, it wasn't until I arrived that I realized that I may have been physically ready to take on the college life, but I was caught off-guard by the mental and emotional challenges.

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One Woman's Story: Being With Someone Through Depression

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

Being with someone who is struggling with depression is never easy. Anne Wheaton watched her husband, Wil Wheaton, experience anger, self-doubt, sadness, and hopelessness for three years. He didn't know the cause of these feelings, but they inevitably affected his relationship with Anne.

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Let's Talk About Mental Health

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

There's no guarantee against mental illness. While exercising regularly, eating a balanced diet, getting plenty of sleep, and taking time for themselves may be enough for some women to maintain good mental health, this may not be enough for everyone

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Dr. Nancy C. Lee

Sexual Assault: A Crime Against Women's Health

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

In 1974, the women's liberation movement was in full swing. My class at Baylor College of Medicine had over 30 female students, more than in previous years. We felt powerful — like trailblazers doing our share for women and society. But I still wondered: Would it happen to me?

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Dr. Nancy C. Lee

One in Three: Sexual Assault Affects Too Many Women

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

It might feel scary to ask for help or support, but help is available. Whether you were assaulted recently or many years ago, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673) or use the Online Hotline. Both are free, confidential, and open 24/7.

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Creating Trauma-Informed Congregations

Andrea Blanch, Kimberly Konkel

According to national experts convened by SAMHSA, trauma results from events or circumstances that are experienced by an individual as harmful or life threatening and that have lasting adverse effects on mental, physical, social, emotional or spiritual well-being.

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Supporting Youth This February and Throughout the Year

Evelyn M. Kappeler, Marylouise Kelley, Resa Matthew

One in 10 American teenagers suffers physical violence at the hands of a boyfriend or girlfriend each year and many others are sexually or emotionally abused. This abuse, also known as dating violence, can have long-term health impacts, such as emotional trauma, lasting physical impairment, chronic health problems, and even death.

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