Reflecting on HIV/AIDS 40 Years Later

Forty years ago, the Center for Disease Control released the first report of a disease that would later become known as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or AIDS. In light of this historical moment, the community relations director of the world’s first HIV/AIDS service organization reflects. Krishna Stone, 62, volunteered for GMHC, or Gay Men’s HealthContinue reading “Reflecting on HIV/AIDS 40 Years Later”

Breaking Families: The Story of Kyra’s Law

Kyra Franchetti died in July 2016 at only 28 months old. Her death was the result of a court-sanctioned unsupervised visit with her biological father. This led her mom Jacqueline to start The Kyra Franchetti Foundation, which brings awareness to how New York’s family court system often fails in handling family violence claims. “I missContinue reading “Breaking Families: The Story of Kyra’s Law”

Spotlight on: Theta Spring Hypnosis

One experience in hypnosis therapy was all it took for New York native Alexandra Janelli to leave her environmental consulting career behind. Janelli founded a practice called Theta Spring Hypnosis after moving to Chicago in 2010, inspired by a hypnotherapist she saw a few years earlier to address a finger biting habit and relationship issues.Continue reading “Spotlight on: Theta Spring Hypnosis”

Left Behind: Laura and Sammy Colnes

This article is part of a series called “Left Behind,” where we highlight how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted a generation of students. After more than a year of living in isolation, Laura Colnes sees the impact on her son Sammy. The Marlton, New Jersey resident saw how remote learning took its toll on her 21-year-oldContinue reading “Left Behind: Laura and Sammy Colnes”

Spotlight on: The SourceNY Wellness Center

At The Source NY, you will find yourself welcome to the sight of connecting with your inner self. While the Poughkeepsie-based wellness center boasts massage facilities, meditation and yoga, its main feature is the Aura-Soma Studio. Meaning light and body, Aura-Soma is a Kabbalist-inspired treatment that uses light and colors to help people heal fromContinue reading “Spotlight on: The SourceNY Wellness Center”

The Trauma of Racism: Children of Palestine

This article is part of a series called “The Trauma of Racism,” where we highlight the effects racism and xenophobia can have on minority populations. The focus for protesters at the Poughkeepsie Rise Up! Rally to Defend Palestine was on the mental health of Palestine’s children after the latest chapter in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. WhileContinue reading “The Trauma of Racism: Children of Palestine”

New dad shares surrogacy journey

Camera operator Julien Zeitouni always new he wanted to be a father. Thanks to surrogacy, he now has a baby girl. As a single and gay man, Zeitouni was not always sure how he would be a father. “I always knew that I would be a father one day,” he said. “I grew a bitContinue reading “New dad shares surrogacy journey”

Retired Teacher Shares Agoraphobia Story

For Mental Health Awareness Month, locals are sharing their personal mental health stories Growing up in Queens, New York, Mark Dema dreamed of traveling abroad, but a fear of going away from home consumed him. In his 30s, he realized that fear had a name: agoraphobia. As a teacher in the Hudson Valley, he wouldContinue reading “Retired Teacher Shares Agoraphobia Story”

Writer Known as Tissue Box Girl Tells Personal Story

For Mental Health Awareness Month, locals are sharing their personal mental health stories The writer known as Tissue Box Girl has had quite the personal mental health journey. It began when she took her first hit of marijuana at nine years old. This moment led her down a roller coaster ride of substance use, abusiveContinue reading “Writer Known as Tissue Box Girl Tells Personal Story”