Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro
www.kylirc.com
Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro is a Cuban-American writer, mental health advocate, grassroots activist, and entrepreneur based in Salt Lake City. She is a Lifestyle News Writer for Bustle. She has written articles for numerous websites including The Mighty, Thought Catalog, Your Tango, and Role Reboot. Kyli is an outspoken advocate for disability rights, ending sexual and domestic violence against women, sex workers' rights, restorative justice, and more. She serves as a council member for Utah's Department of Human Services System of Care. She is also on Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault's Start By Believing Committee. You can find Kyli at the nearest protest, Jack Mormon Coffee Roasters, or at home obsessively Instagramming her service cats.
Latest Articles

Gay & Bi Teens Can Now Take PrEP To Prevent HIV Infection, The FDA Says

On May 15, the FDA announced that gay and bisexual teens can now take PrEP to help prevent HIV infection along with other preventative measures, the Advocate reported. The FDA approved PrEP — aka, pre-exposure prophylaxis — for adults in 2012. An ini…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

9 Things To Keep In Your Bag That Can Help Calm A Panic Attack

Most people probably don't think of mental illnesses as health issues that require emergency treatment or care, but they truly are. In some cases, especially if you experience severe anxiety or panic attacks — you may need to act quickly. Fortunately…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

7 Ways Not Getting Enough Sleep Literally Changes Your Brain

We often treat sleep as an afterthought, rather than a priority. But getting just enough sleep plays such a crucial role in our mental and physical wellness. Making sure you get good sleep has amazing health benefits — that includes lowering stress, …
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

This All-In-One Machine Lets You Make Coffee, Craft Beer & Kombucha Right In Your Kitchen

If you’re a fan of DIY craft beverages — like local beer, or single batch kombucha — you’re in luck: Today, the makers of PicoBrew are launching a Kickstarter campaign for the Pico U, the first-ever universal beverage appliance that lets you make cra…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

This Is What It Means To Call Someone In, Instead Of Calling Them Out

Social justice movements can evolve and change in a blink of an eye: Almost daily, there are new analyses to read, hot takes, studies, hashtags to follow, events, and even new terminology. And as more and more people become involved in social justice…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

9 Common Phrases That Actually Perpetuate Mental Health Stigma — And What To Say Instead

For many people with mental illness, mental health advocates, and professionals alike, an essential goal of mental health awareness is to challenge the stigmas that surround mental health conditions. Stigma can have a super detrimental impact on the …
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

The One Thing You Probably Haven’t Tried To Manage Period Pain

For most of us, period cramps are something we deal with via quick fixes, whether that's taking an over-the-counter pain medication or sticking on a heating pad before we're on the go again. But for people who experience severe period pain, that prob…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

What 15 People Do To Manage Their Mental Illness Every Day

Mental illness is one of the most common kinds of disability in the U.S. In fact, National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) estimates that annually, around one in five American adults experience mental illness, and one in twenty-five American adults…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

The Important Thing We’re Not Talking About With Those Mandatory Calorie Counts

Some restaurants already provide patrons with nutritional information, but starting May 7, all restaurants, fast food chains, and other locations that serve food will be required to list calorie counts right on the menu. As BuzzFeed News reported, th…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

This Group Is Bailing Out Incarcerated Black Women In Time For Mother’s Day & You Can Help

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and while many of us will be spending the day with our moms, not everyone is so fortunate — especially women who will spend the day in jail because they don't have enough money to pay bail. This Mother’s Day, a…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

This Man Developed Sepsis & Nearly Died After Biting His Nails

Nail biting is a super common habit that can wreak havoc on your health. It can cause bacteria on your nails to spread to your mouth, gastrointestinal infections, and even more serious — possibly fatal — health problems. In fact, a British man develo…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

Taking Antibiotics With Antidepressants Can Have Serious Consequences — Here's What To Know

It's always tempting to skip over the part of a new patient form at the doctor's office where it asks you to list all the vitamins, prescribed medications, and over-the-counter meds you take, but it's crucial to fill this section out in a detailed an…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

This Is The Super Easy Way To Make Sure Your Probiotics Are Actually Working

At practically any grocery store nowadays, you can find probiotic supplements and drinks in their own refrigerated section. Probiotics, which are live microorganisms, can have a majorly positive impact on your health — especially on your digestive he…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

Sex Workers Can Be Sexually Assaulted Too, And We Need To Talk About It

On Jan. 1, 300 women in the entertainment industry announced the launch of Time's Up — an initiative that provides resources and legal funds to survivors of sexual assault and harassment. The initiative followed right on the heels of the #MeToo move…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

7 Ways Acupuncture Changes Your Brain, According To Science

Most everyone knows what acupuncture is, but do you actually know how it affects you? The age-old practice has been around for at least two thousand years (and some people believe it is much older than that), and despite any skepticism about its effi…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

The Women Who Led Slave Revolts Were Forgotten By History — Until Now

The educational system in the U.S., from elementary school to college, is undeniably shaped by systemic racism and discrimination. The history of U.S. slavery, the Civil Rights Movement, and experiences of Black Americans are glossed over (or flat-ou…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

The One Way Your Childhood Dog Might Still Be Affecting You As An Adult

For many of us, some of the most precious childhood memories we have are the moments shared with our first pets. (And some of the saddest memories are probably when they passed away.) While looking at photos of old pets can bring all the heartwarming…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

How To Stop A Traumatic Experience From Impacting You Down The Road, According To Experts

Most of us will experience multiple traumatic events throughout the course of our lives. It goes without saying that it’s totally normal and expected that these experiences can rock your mental and physical health. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affa…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

The Way You Sit While You Answer Emails Can Have A Surprising Effect On Your Body

When you're at your desk sending last-minute emails, or deeply focused on editing that board presentation, your posture is probably the last thing on your mind. There are many times I've caught myself completely slouched over my computer — but only a…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro

8 Surprisingly Helpful Ways To Slow Your Mind Down Before Bed

Does it ever feel like right as you're getting ready to go to bed for the night, your mind is just waking up, and can't stop racing? If you nodded "yes," you're not alone. Over 40 million American adults live with a chronic sleep disorder (like insom…
By Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro