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Ross Szabo
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Ross Szabo is CEO of the Human Power Project. He is an award winning speaker, author, consultant and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. Ross was Director of Outreach for the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign for 8 years and is the co-author of Behind Happy Faces; Taking Charge of Your Mental Health. Ross has spoken to over one million people about mental health and his experiences with bipolar disorder. He helped create the first-ever youth mental health speakers’ bureau in the country called The Heard. His pioneering efforts in the mental health field have resulted in him receiving the 2012 Changing Minds Award and the 2010 Didi Hirsch Removing the Stigma Leadership Award. He also had his advocacy work entered into the Congressional Record by Patrick Kennedy. Ross is currently a speaker for CAMPUSPEAK.

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We Need to Do More Than Post About Robin Williams

(7) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 1:39 PM

I attempted to take my own life during my senior year of high school. Two months after I got out of the psychiatric ward, a psychologist came into my classroom to talk to students about mental illness. He told us about a patient with severe mental illness who thought he...

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5 Mental Health Tips for Back to School

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 4:57 PM

I stared out of the window of the psychiatric ward in utter disbelief that my freshman year of college had ended, after only two months. I went to American University with so much hope. College was going to be the place where I moved forward with my life. A setting...

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Sibling Bullying Isn't the Problem

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 5:38 PM

A recent study showed that even mild acts of sibling aggression are as detrimental as the bullying kids face at school. When I read the article I immediately flash backed to my childhood.

As the youngest of three boys, I had my fair share of emotional and...

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What's New From the White House Conference on Mental Health

(6) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 11:39 AM

On Monday, President Obama opened the second White House Conference on Mental Health with a meaningful plea to end the stigma surrounding mental illness and bring these issues out of the shadows. Almost 14 years ago to the day, President Clinton had similar comments as he closed the first-ever White...

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LA FEST Uses Soccer to Bring Communities Together

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 12:49 PM

It may seem unimaginable to witness an event that brings together HIV and AIDS education in Africa, bone marrow transplants, celebrities and soccer for people of all ages. That event took place, however, Sunday at LAFEST at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. LAFEST co-founders and soccer enthusiasts Dylan...

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We Need More Than Dialogue About Mental Illness

(14) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 9:57 AM

It seems everyone is coming out of the woodwork to talk about the need for dialogue about mental illness. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius recently mentioned that the White House will be starting conversations about this issue in the next few weeks. Robert...

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Another Tragedy and Another College-aged Shooter

(5) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 12:10 PM

There are a lot of alarming trends in these recent tragedies. One that is often overlooked is that the shooters in Aurora, Oregon, Newtown, and many other past atrocities are all college-aged. That fact begs the question, what kind of mental illness and or mental health education is being taught...

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How To Have The Perfect Wine Tasting At Home

(1) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 5:12 PM

There's something enchanting about visiting wineries. Getting to see firsthand where the wines are made, smelling the fresh air, admiring the scenery and taking in the whole process is always a special process. However, sometimes it's just not possible to get to an area where there are wineries.

When...

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5 Facts About Blended Wines for Beginners

(1) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 11:50 AM

In my last piece I called blended wines the ice cream sundae of all of my favorite grapes. Blends are some of the most complex and interesting types of wine. In order to learn more about the process, I spent a day with Mariana Onofri, a sommelier and Wine Director...

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Debunking 5 Common Wine Myths

(25) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 6:11 PM

It seems just about everyone I meet has a variety of opinions about wine. I never know what to believe. Should I stick to Paul Giamatti's advice and not drink Merlot? When I tilt my wine glass and it appears to cling to the side like Spider-Man is that because...

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How to Select a Bottle of Argentine Wine

(3) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 10:43 AM

My typical wine selection experience doesn't usually go well. I walk into a store. Stand in front of hundreds of bottles of wine. Then I try to decipher some hidden wine code that allows me to walk out with a quality bottle. I'm pretty sure a child could pick the...

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Peace Corps Service Expands Career Options

(2) Comments | Posted August 13, 2012 | 2:30 PM

The 27 months of Peace Corps service flies by. Some volunteers start thinking about what comes next early in their service and others don't worry about it until they are back in the U.S. All of us hope to utilize new skills we gained in foreign countries. Returned Peace Corps...

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5 Tips About Oak Aging for Wine Novices

(4) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 4:12 PM

The word oak doesn't usually trigger instant enthusiasm. Some people have a negative connotation with the word, particularly when it comes to wine. However, experts know oak can often make or break a wine's flavor, price and even has scientists trying to develop ways to copy its importance.

My...

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The Trick to Identifying Wine Tastes

(1) Comments | Posted August 1, 2012 | 6:25 PM

The two most important parts to determine a good wine are smell and taste. In my last piece, I covered three steps to become a wine aroma expert. Now that you have that part down, it's time to move on to a really useful trick to identify the...

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A Fun Way to Discover Wine Aromas With Items Already in Your Kitchen

(3) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 12:13 PM

As a person who rarely even selects which wine to drink when I am out for dinner, I am definitely a novice when it comes to properly identifying wine aromas. I can't tell you how many times I have put my nose over a glass and guessed, purely out of...

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The Hardest Adjustment in Peace Corps is Coming Home

(7) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 9:31 AM

When a lot of people think about the most difficult parts of the 27 months of Peace Corps service they tend to focus on the time spent in the foreign country, but for numerous volunteers the hardest adjustment is coming back to America. There can be a bit of culture...

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Two Bags, Two Years: The End of Peace Corps Service

(10) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 6:17 PM

One of the hardest preparations before leaving for Peace Corps service is figuring out how to fit most of the things you will need for two years into two 45-pound bags. I spent days trying to fill every possible crevice. Weighed the bags. Repacked. Drank a few beers out of...

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The Few, The Proud: Military Veterans in the Peace Corps

(3) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 11:41 AM

Veterans and current soldiers are often honored for serving their country on the front lines of wars, conflicts and truly unimaginable experiences. On Memorial Day it's common to see images of soldiers in uniform, giving thanks from military bases all over the world or retired veterans marching in hometowns with...

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GLBTQ Peace Corps Volunteers Overcome Challenges with Disclosing Their Sexuality

(5) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 11:33 AM

Peace Corps Volunteers are known for their ability to adapt, succeed in spite of difficult odds and learn about themselves in the process. GLBTQ Peace Corps Volunteers definitely possess all of these traits and so many more as they serve in countries where being gay or lesbian is illegal.

Balancing...

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Peace Corps Volunteers Export Love, Marry Foreign Citizens

(5) Comments | Posted March 28, 2012 | 4:59 PM

When family and friends say goodbye to someone joining the Peace Corps they expect him or her to return in two years or longer with a lot of stories, maybe some interesting clothes, a plethora of pictures and perhaps a different view on life. It's natural to assume a Peace...

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