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Sandra Oh
Debra Brown

In the News This Week

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Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.

Sandra Oh received an Emmy nomination for best actress in a drama on Thursday for her role in the BBC America thriller “Killing Eve”, becoming the first woman of Asian descent to ever score a nomination in that category in the 69-year-history of the awards.

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Mental Health
Anja Tyson

Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

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I am not a suicidal person, and to pretend that I am would be to recklessly co-opt a struggle that I have no place in. I have definitely dealt with lifelong depression and anxiety, though, which are both factors that can eventually contribute to escalated mental health issues, and this is something I try to be mindful of as much as possible. I try to check in with myself. I try to admit when I need help. I try to remember that if I stop doing these things it will pose a great threat to my emotional health, and that metric is one of the cornerstones holding my whole foundation together.

I am also a thirty-something single mother living in one of the largest and most challenging metropolises on the planet, with a demanding career and an ambition-oriented personality, and those keywords are never found in a search for optimal mental health conditions. I am one of millions marching uphill toward personal fulfillment, with all the sprained ankles and missteps into poison ivy that that march entails. And, like many others, I am grateful for the journey, which includes victories big and small, mistakes minor and path-changing, and personal highs and lows that make up a real life lived.

And this spring, I started to drown.

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