Self-improvement

Jasmin Pierre poses for a photo with her smartphone app, in New Orleans, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Pierre, who survived multiple suicide attempts, doesn't want people struggling alone. She created The Safe Place, a free Black-oriented mental health app that's seen more signups during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
July 11, 2020 - 4:06 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Jasmin Pierre was 18 when she tried to end her life, overdosing on whatever pills she could find. Diagnosed with depression and anxiety, she survived two more attempts at suicide, which felt like the only way to stop her pain. Years of therapy brought progress, but the 31-year-old...
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FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 file photo, New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) handles the ball against Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Memphis, Tenn. The unusual resumption of the NBA season during the coronavirus pandemic is making mental health a priority. Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday expects basketball to be the easy part of living in the NBA’s “bubble” when 22 teams gather in Central Florida to resume their suspended seasons later this month. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File)
July 04, 2020 - 10:59 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jrue Holiday expects basketball to be the easy part. The Pelicans guard will be living in the NBA’s “bubble” when 22 teams gather near Orlando, Florida, this month to resume their suspended season. Holiday’s wife, Lauren, a former U.S. national team soccer player, is pregnant...
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FILE - In this Aug 13, 2019, file photo, Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott yells during the team's NFL football training camp with the Carolina Panthers in Spartanburg, S.C. NFL general managers and coaches, and those who assist them, work within a highly competitive culture. Putting in extremely long hours is simply understood as part of the job. Unless, there's a pandemic. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
June 18, 2020 - 11:15 am
First in, last out. NFL general managers and coaches, and those who assist them, work within a highly competitive culture. Putting in extremely long hours is simply understood as part of the job. They show up early in the morning and often leave late at night — if they even go home at all. Day...
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Soprano Veronica Antonelli sings "Amazing Grace" from her balcony in Paris on May 7, 2020. Still struggling with COVID-19 complications two months after falling ill, her doctor had delivered troubling news: The lung scarring that sometimes makes her too tired to sing may last for months. Or maybe years. (AP Photo/Nicolas Garriga)
May 13, 2020 - 1:46 am
An angelic voice singing “Hallelujah” echoes off the stately stone and brick canyons of a narrow Montmartre street. Still struggling with COVID-19 complications two months after falling ill, Parisian soprano Veronica Antonelli wanted the impromptu performance from her third-floor balcony to project...
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A woman holds a packet of contraceptive pills, in Harare, Thursday, April 9, 2020. Lockdowns imposed to curb the coronavirus’ spread have put millions of women in Africa, Asia and elsewhere out of reach of birth control and other sexual and reproductive health needs. Confined to their homes with husbands and others, they face unwanted pregnancies and little idea of when they can reach the outside world again. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
April 09, 2020 - 1:48 pm
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The callers were in tears. One by one, women in homes across rural Zimbabwe had a pleading question: When would family planning services return? Lockdowns imposed to curb the coronavirus’ spread have put millions of women in Africa, Latin America and elsewhere out of reach of...
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In this March 6, 2020 photo, Charlie Campbell, right, walks with his mother, Dorothy Campbell, to visit his father, Gene, who was staying at the time at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash. Charlie Campbell is nearly 13 years sober, but said he has been feeling tested due to stress from having his father now recovering from the new coronavirus in a hospital, and several other sources of worry and stress in his life. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
April 01, 2020 - 5:13 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Charlie Campbell, nearly 13 years sober, is feeling tested today more than ever to stay that way. His dad is recovering from COVID-19 in a suburban Seattle hospital. His mom, who has dementia, lives in a facility that now bars visitors because of the virus. A good friend recently...
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** HOLD FOR STORY ** In this April 11, 2019, photo, provided by Davis Thompson, University of Georgia student-athletes and roommates from left: Ashley Andersen, Morgan Coppoc, Tyler Armistead and Dalaney Hans pose before attending a concert together in Athens, Georgia. Georgia tennis player Morgan Coppoc finds herself in a situation similar to so many other college athletes across the country, back home and hundreds of miles away from campus, lost without her routine and her teammates. Still, she is regularly hearing from her coaches with both updates for the entire team with latest details about the coronavirus and individual check-ins. The UGA counseling also office got in touch with Coppoc immediately and then again to offer sessions by phone that she would have typically attended in person. (Davis Thompson via AP)
March 27, 2020 - 3:44 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Morgan Coppoc finds herself in a situation similar to so many other college athletes across the country, hundreds of miles away from campus and lost without her routine and her tennis teammates at Georgia. Still, she is regularly hearing from her coaches for individual check-...
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In this combination of frame grabs from journalist Donna Borak's March, 17, 2020, online meditation session she hosted over Zoom, she leads a group to help ease the stress of isolation from Washington. Borak decided to share her skills in both the practice of meditation and yoga to help those in quarantine recharge and reconnect. (Courtesy of Donna Borak via AP)
March 24, 2020 - 3:54 pm
WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — Sitting cross-legged in her living room, Donna Borak rested her palm on her heart as she guided a small group of virtual participants in meditation and deep breathing. Notice where you might be holding tension, she instructed. “Send your attention to your head ... maybe...
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U.S. First Lady Melania Trump meditates along with children during a happiness class at Sarvodaya Co-Educational Senior Secondary School in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
February 25, 2020 - 10:53 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — U.S. first lady Melania Trump relaxed Tuesday by meditating with students participating in a “happiness class” during a tour of a government-run school in the Indian capital. The class curriculum dovetails with her “Be Best” initiative to teach children and young adults to be kind...
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In this Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, photo, Rabbi Jacqueline Mates-Muchin removes a Torah scroll from the ark, a cabinet that houses scrolls of the Hebrew Bible, while preparing for Shabbat morning service at Temple Sinai in Oakland, Calif. In September 2017, on the first day of Rosh Hoshana, the Jewish new year, a security guard found an anti-Semitic message scrawled on an outdoor wall of Temple Sinai. “Since 2017, the congregation has been looking to try to feel safe,” she said. “It’s another layer that we always have to be conscious of.” (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
February 18, 2020 - 10:22 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Greg Laurie is among America’s most successful clergymen -- senior pastor at a California megachurch, prolific author, host of a global radio program. Yet after a youthful colleague’s suicide, his view of his vocation is unsparing. “Pastors are people, just like everyone else,”...
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