Our founder, Chloe, recently wrote a guest blog for ETR, the organization behind the annual Youth Tech Health (YTH) conference. Her piece, “Changing the Narrative Around Suicide and Mental Illness,” explains why Youth United was founded and how we can save lives by changing the way we talk about suicide and mental health. Check it out here! [link]
Earlier this week, a few of our friends from allcove, including Youth United team members Zoe, Phebe, Ellie, and Nura, had the opportunity to watch the 49ers train for their upcoming season and speak to players about their efforts in allcove. Some of the highlights included speaking to Solomon Thomas about mental health advocacy and ways that youth can be leaders of effective change in their community!
Amidst the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it can be challenging to find time to reflect on our personal growth. This month we challenged our team to do just that, to take a moment to reflect on a personal summer goal they have and share it on this month’s blog!
Hi, my name is Kurtis Riener and I am a suicide survivor. At the age of 17, I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, multiple anxiety disorders, and OCD–but I’ve been struggling since I was 12. It has been an incredibly difficult and trying journey to get to the relative stability I have now, at the age of 21.
June is the first month of summer, and for many of us at Youth United, the start of a new life chapter: Derek, Zoe, Lia, and Nura graduated from high school! As we look back at this past school year and reflect on what we are grateful for, we know that we could not have done it without our vast support networks.
The people in our lives are valuable sources of strength, and inspired this month’s question of the month: Who do you turn to for support?
One of the courses I took in my senior year at Palo Alto High School was called Advanced Authentic Research (AAR), which involved identifying a topic I was interested in, then spending a year researching and collecting data. At the end of the year, the AAR students showcased their findings at a final presentation to community members and classmates. My avid interest in mental health and my fascination for teens’ social media usage habits led me to develop a broad research interest: What is the effect of social on the mental health of adolescents?
When I first saw the trailer for To the Bone, I was extremely disappointed. As much as I would want to see the taboo surrounding mental illnesses be lessened by mental illnesses being portrayed accurately in the media, I feared that an inaccurate or glamorized representation of a mental illness would do more harm than good. I decided not to watch the film, worried that it would bring back too many painful memories of my time with anorexia and potentially trigger a desire to revert to my disordered eating behaviors and thoughts.
May is mental health awareness month, and we here at Youth United are excited to announce a new blog series: question of the week! Each week, members of the Youth United team will be reflecting and writing about different aspects of their mental health. If you have a suggestion for a question you’d like to see answered, or if you’d like to submit a response to our question of the week, hit us up!
Earlier this week, the Youth United team conducted a 75-minute interactive learning session about mindful media at YTH (Youth Tech Health) Live in San Francisco! YTH Live is a two-day conference showcasing the brightest minds and cutting edge research in topics ranging from sexual and reproductive health to mental health and digital rights.