Peace Takes Center Stage with Lea Baroudi

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Interviewed by Editor-in-Chief, Patricia Bitar Cherfan Disadvantaged, marginalized, impoverished. How does one begin to help people chained to this end of the societal spectrum? MARCH Lebanon is a local non-profit NGO whose mission is to promote social cohesion and personal freedoms through arts and culture. Lights MARCH was created in 2011 by a group of […]

Is it Winter Blues or Seasonal Affective Disorder? When Feeling Sad Turns to S.A.D.

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Shorter days, early sunsets, gloomy skies and heavy rain. You guessed it right: that’s winter season. We’ve all known someone who feels a little bit droopy and sullen when that time of year comes around, yet some are more affected than others. What’s S.A.D. and when does it kick in? Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) is […]

Through Mahmoud Hojeij’s Artistic Lens

Lebanese director, producer, writer and artist Mahmoud Hojeij has a lot to say and knows how to use a variety of media to say it. The award-winning filmmaker is making his mark. “The blindness. We’re all very blind. Maps. Loyalty. Happiness (or rather the myth of happiness). Connection is a big theme I think about. […]

Cindy Moussi Takes Readers on her Personal Journey to Mental Health

At the age of 43, Lebanese-Australian Cindy Moussi thought she had it all. Her son was grown up and independent, so it was time for a gap year – a year to step off the fast track and consider life’s deeper meanings, to figure out where to go from here. So, she left her fast-paced […]

IDRAAC’s Labor of Love for Mental Health

  A devoted NGO works behind the scenes to build Lebanon’s mental health infrastructure – with legislation, awareness campaigns, advocacy, education, training, care services and, supporting it all, research. One in four Lebanese will have a mental illness, during their lifetime, according to a 2008 L.E.B.A.N.O.N. (Lebanese Evaluation of the Burden of Ailments and Needs […]

Retired and Senior Volunteering in Lebanon

  While people of all ages can volunteer, a very special and often neglected category of volunteers is “retired and senior volunteers.”’ Article by: Dr Patricia Nabti “Retired” has a clear meaning, but it is a sensitive matter to decide what age constitutes being “senior”. Some programs will say over 50, others over 60 or […]