Jenna Wirth

As a magazine journalism student at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, I enjoy reporting, writing, and editing unique stories with entertainment, fashion, fitness, beauty, relationships, technology and science at the core. 

Why It's More Important Than Ever For Celebrities to Be Candid About Mental Health

Why It's More Important Than Ever For Celebrities to Be Candid About Mental Health When celebrities speak, the world listens — especially teens and young adults. In the past 10 years, many celebrities have begun to use social media to not only share their own mental health journeys, but advocate for the normalization of mental illness. Here's why this change is vital. Celebrities being candid about their issues reminds people that they're not alone. They spread hope and shatter stereotypes abo
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Having alopecia, Maggie D'Amaro gains new perspective on life

Maggie D’Amaro sits in the chair, her patience evaporating as the salon workers scurry back and forth ignoring her. Eleven-year-old Maggie wishes to be anywhere else. Seven hours and $2,000 later, the salon workers place the thick, dark-brown wig on top of young Maggie’s head. The custom human hair wig falls right above her shoulders. It’s itchy. It’s uncomfortable. She hates it. “When they put it on her, she ripped it off her head, threw it across the room and said, ‘I’ll never wear it,’” sai

How drugged driving, stoned workers in legal weed states impacts NY marijuana legalization

This is part of a Syracuse University student-driven reporting project through the NewsHouse website that is being published in USA TODAY Network. It takes a deep look at marijuana issues in New York as the state's drug laws remain in flux. If you spend time in Colorado, you might encounter ads that raise difficult questions about marijuana. “Would you let a bus driver high on marijuana drive your kids to school?” asks one. “Would you let your doctor perform surgery on you if he was under the

How Much Sleep You Need, According to Experts

Sleep is essential for optimal safety, mood, performance, and health. As one of the three pillars of a healthy lifestyle (the other two being diet and exercise), the amount of sleep you get can dramatically improve or hinder your quality of life in various ways. How many hours of sleep do you need? The amount of sleep a person needs each day varies with age, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Pregnancy, sleep deprivation, and poor sleep quality can also affect how much sleep you need

16 Behind-the-Scenes Facts About Schitt's Creek and Its Beloved Cast

With Schitt's Creek coming to an end in mere weeks, we've been diving into interviews with the cast to feed our obsession with the fish-out-of-water sitcom. Focusing on love and family, the show has captured fans with its ability to appeal to anyone and everyone. Over time, the series has only become bigger, scoring four Primetime Emmy nominations in 2019. While we mourn its pending conclusion, we've gathered 16 behind-the-scenes facts you probably didn't know. What is Eugene Levy's biggest pet

What to Do If You Accidentally Nap in Contact Lenses, According to Experts

Approximately 45 million people in the United States wear contact lenses, and despite experts generally advising people to take out their lenses before sleeping, a CDC report found that roughly one-third of contact-lens wearers sleep or nap while wearing them. But imagine this: It's a rainy, cloudy Sunday afternoon. You have no plans or chores to do. The only thing you have to worry about is how you want to spend your day. If you're a nap-lover like me, this kind of day makes you sleepy, prompti

Getting a Cat Was the Best Thing I Could Have Done to Manage My Mental Health

Having grown up surrounded by animals and as someone with anxiety and depression, I briefly thought about getting a therapy cat before moving away to college to help me manage my mental health. But with my mental health being in a good place at that time, I never really pushed it. It wasn't until my sophomore year of college that I changed my mind. After being forced to live with and be surrounded by negative people for an entire semester, my depression and anxiety worsened. To escape the toxic

Social media harms students’ mental health

People should be aware of the ways social media can harm their mental health, especially as the coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns have further increased social media usage. Mental health issues have risen significantly over the last decade, and nearly one in five adults in the United States have a mental illness. That finding parallels exponential growth in social media use, and recent studies suggest that the rise of social media might be driving increased mental health issues. That’s not to

COVID-19 brings risk of toxic positivity

The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission. Toxic positivity is real, and it’s especially dangerous during the coronavirus pandemic. People think of being overly pessimistic or cynical as being toxic. But thinking that you must always be positive and that you can’t feel any negative emotions is just as toxic. It’s like when you have too much ice cream: although it initially makes you feel good, it c

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