Allcove youth meet the 49ers!

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!

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Nura Mostaghimi
"This Too Shall Pass": A Suicide Survivor's Story

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.

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Kurtis Riener
Who do you turn to for support?

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?

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The Youth United Team
Nura's Research: Impact of Social Media on Palo Alto Teens

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?

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Nura Mostaghimi
Watching To the Bone as a Recovered Anorexic

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.

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Alison Romero
How do you practice self-care?

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!

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The Youth United Team
Youth United at YTH Live!

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.

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Chloe Sorensen
Youth United at the JEA National Convention!

This past weekend, Lia and I presented about Youth United at the Journalism Education Association National Convention in Anaheim, California. Designed for an audience of student journalists, our presentation focused on how to responsibly report on suicide but also touched on the overall current representations of mental health in the media.

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Ellie Fitton
Study: 13 Reasons Why associated with significant increase in youth suicide

A new study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health found that the hit Netflix show 13 Reasons Why was correlated with a 28.9% increase in youth suicide in the month following its release. The researchers examined suicide data from the CDC, looking at annual and monthly numbers of deaths from 2013 to 2017. They found that number of deaths by suicide recorded in April 2017 (the month following the first season’s release) was greater than the number seen in any other month during that five year period. 

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Introducing allcove!

The Youth United team is very excited to announce the launch of allcove, a network of standalone, integrated youth mental health centers being launched in Santa Clara County this year.

The first of its kind in the United States, allcove centers will provide space for young people ages 12-25 to take a pause from their daily lives and access a range of professional support services and care.

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TV Review: 13 Reasons Why Season 1

Netflix’s hit show 13 Reasons Why has been making headlines since it first came out in 2017, for all of the wrong reasons: the show perpetuates harmful myths about suicide and fails to provide hope or resources to viewers who maybe struggling with mental illness. Multiple copycat deaths have been linked to the series, yet Netflix continues to push forward with new episodes, tackling more controversial issues such as sexual assault and gun violence.

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TV Review: Bodyguard

BBC’s Bodyguard has been widely acclaimed since it came out in late 2018, with male lead Richard Madden picking up the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama Series for his performance. The show follows Police Sergeant David Budd, who is the Principal Protection Officer (PPO) for controversial political figure Julia Montague, Home Secretary of the United Kingdom.

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Welcome to Our Website!

Hi! We’re a team of passionate young people from the San Francisco Bay Area. We care deeply about youth mental health, and have spent the last few years learning how to be better mental health and suicide prevention advocates in our community.

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Chloe Sorensen