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 Feb. 28, 2020, file photo, John Isner of the U.S., front, returns a ball in his semifinal match against Taylor Fritz of the U.S. at the Mexican Tennis Open in Acapulco, Mexico. According to an email obtained by The Associated Press on Monday, May 4, the WTA and ATP professional tours, the groups that run the four Grand Slam tournaments and the International Tennis Federation are expected to establish eligibility rules that will factor in the players’ rankings and past prize money earnings. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)
May 20, 2020 - 6:59 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The men’s professional tennis tour is offering mental health support to players by partnering with a group founded by former England and Arsenal soccer player Tony Adams. The ATP says it will be working with Adams...
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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 - 4:19 am
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, Asia and elsewhere out of reach of birth...
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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 - 1:04 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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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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Keiko Kobayashi and Sachiko Aoki, both employees of the staffing services company Pasona Inc., work as their children entertain themselves at the company's headquarters Monday, March 2, 2020, in Tokyo. Many Japanese schools were shut down Monday and spring holidays began unexpectedly early for children as part of a government-led measure to prevent further escalation of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
March 02, 2020 - 11:11 am
TOKYO (AP) — Keiko Kobayashi brought her 7-year-old son to her Tokyo office on Monday after his school, like most others in Japan, suddenly closed for four weeks in a government effort to slow the rapid spread of the new virus. She was lucky — her employer agreed to let them temporarily share an...
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February 11, 2020 - 4:40 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Facing a possible bankruptcy due to sex-abuse litigation, the Boy Scouts of America issued a new apology Tuesday to survivors of abuse and announced plans for expanded services to support them. The Boy Scouts are teaming up in a five-year partnership with 1in6, a national nonprofit...
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FILE - In this Oct. 21, 1998 file photo, Ram Dass, best known for the 1971 bestseller "Be Here Now," smiles during an interview at his San Anselmo, Calif., home. The 1960s counterculture spiritual leader and early LSD proponent died, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019 at his home in Maui, Hawaii. He was 88. (AP Photo/Susan Ragan, File)
December 23, 2019 - 12:06 pm
MAUI, Hawaii (AP) — Baba Ram Dass, the 1960s counterculture spiritual leader who experimented with LSD and traveled to India to find enlightenment, returning to share it with Americans, has died. He was 88. Dass’ foundation, Love Serve Remember, announced late Sunday that the author and spiritual...
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November 26, 2019 - 2:33 pm
In a story Nov. 24, The Associated Press reported that an artificial intelligence program featuring a talking image of the Greek philosopher Aristotle is starting to help University of Southern California students cope with stress. The program’s designers recently removed that image based on...
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