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Talking OPENLY about mental health

It’s about time to speak openly about the stigma around mental health.

How is your mental health today?

The news and the crises around the world have put a huge toll on our mental well-being. But seeking help for our mental health is still a stigma.

We asked three experts to speak OPENLY about mental health and the stigma around it. No one will judge you if you want to seek help. Especially after a global pandemic that has affected us all.

For the next two months every Wednesday, we will delve into trending topics like debunking climate change myths, answering questions about mental health and reacting to what Hollywood movies get right and wrong about disasters. Stay tuned!

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