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Celebrating a Legacy in Senegal

The trauma of losing loved ones is universal and impacts mental health in everyone, but the cultural responses are so unique.  My own life and relationships have often been shaped by grief for lost loved ones, which gives me a personal … Continue reading

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Loving “Teranga” in Senegal

Connecting with Senegalese partners about mental health often lead to similar conversations on the impact of stigma, the challenges of receiving adequate support, and the need to encourage conversations that heighten awareness on this topic. Discussions center on low reporting … Continue reading

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Visiting Accra Psychiatric Hospital

More than once after arriving in Ghana, I was told it was a shame to begin a year-long journey there because I will never meet nicer people in another country. “You should have saved the best for last,” is what … Continue reading

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Arriving in Accra

There is a risky feeling when preparing for middle of the night arrivals at a new destination. It’s easy to sit on a plane and ruminate on the potential challenges the mind creates. Airports are typically dark, empty and heavy … Continue reading

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Let’s Get This Adventure Started!

“A year? What will you do?” People asked so many logical questions when hearing about my leave of absence. And – I’ve had limited answers for the “where are you going” and “what are you going to do” small talk. … Continue reading

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Guatemalan Charm

Tiny bugs-they look like mini ants-are scurrying across my iPad screen…I have given up trying to squoosh them and have decided they are a minor distraction while enjoying this cafe on the island of Flores, Guatemala. I can’t say if Guatemala … Continue reading

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Soy Una Estudiante

I never realized what a daydreaming student I must be, until only ten minutes into my first Spanish class in Antigua, Guatemala. I imagined taking Spanish lessons to set a firm foundation for my months exploring Central and South America … Continue reading

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