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She Walks with Fortitude

Date: 06 Feb 2014
Posted by: Maxine Bigby Cunningham
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She was enjoying life and all was well in her world.

A Baltimore native, she was a sophomore at the University of North Carolina.  Despite sometimes pulling 13-hour shifts as a waitress, this student nonetheless earned good grades as she pursued a major in Finance.  Enjoying a well – balanced life, she had a circle of […]


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Finding Strength for Wellness

Date: 31 Jan 2014
Posted by: Maxine Bigby Cunningham
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Reflections for Another Year
 With each passing year, I become more reflective.  As I grow in age, I also try to grow in wisdom.  This year, I found myself envisioning happiness and making intentions to build my strength.
As I stride towards “three score years and ten,” you may wonder if my goal of strength building is a joke.  To strengthen […]


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Are You SAD? Tips for Managing the Illness

Date: 03 Oct 2013
Posted by: Maxine Bigby Cunningham
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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of mood disorder that is seemingly set off by seasonal variations, especially summer to autumn.  Reduction in sunlight and shorter hours of daylight are contributing factors to this shift to deep depression and/or high anxiety.  It can knock you off your feet.  Support helps those who suffer.
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National Recovery Month – When Public Observances Are Personal

Date: 11 Sep 2013
Posted by: Maxine Bigby Cunningham
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September is National Recovery Month.  This month is filled with public observances of mental health recovery.  For me the observances are daily.  I have lived experiences.
 Public Observances
The public, national, 30 days, event-filled observance is an Initiative that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) began 24 years ago.  This year’s theme is “Join […]


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Emotional Wellness in the African American Community

Date: 29 Jul 2013
Posted by: Maxine Bigby Cunningham
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Pyramids of Power! An Ancient African Centered Approach to Optimal Health by John T. Chissell, M.D. is on my list of top 5 books that have most impacted my life.  In the wake of the verdict in the trial on Trayvon B. Martin’s murder and in light of the observance of July as Bebe Moore Campbell […]


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What Does It Mean, “To Be Well”?

Date: 27 May 2013
Posted by: Maxine Bigby Cunningham
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“Pathways to Wellness” is the theme for Mental Health Awareness Month, May 2013. In this climate where discussions too often focus on illness, dysfunction, and demonization, the shift to “wellness” is welcomed.


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Author and Mental Health Advocate Encourages Readers to Live a Life of Wellness

Date: 08 May 2013
Posted by: Maxine Bigby Cunningham
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Power Walking, a Journey to Wholeness by Maxine Bigby Cunningham Chronicles Ways to Achieve a Lifetime Journey of Personal Excellence.


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Family Secret – Suicide Watch

Date: 22 Apr 2013
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Recently diagnosed with major depression, my child was seeing one of the best child psychiatrists in the country; taking meds and seemed to be much better … almost okay.


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Listen Up! A Declaration of W.A.R.

Date: 18 Jan 2013
Posted by: Maxine Bigby Cunningham
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Recently, I was walking a rocky path full of twists and turns, hills, and sink- holes…I yelled, “God! Are you trying to see how much I can trust you?


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Mental Illness – Awareness is not Enough

Date: 06 Oct 2012
Posted by: Maxine Bigby Cunningham
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The beach experience is illustrative of my move from mental illness awareness to mental health advocacy to mental wellness activation. Awareness is vital first step. But, awareness is not enough. More is needed…


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