Astrea Somarriba

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Astrea Somarriba

About Astrea Somarriba

Astrea Somarriba is the Administrative & Communications Coordinator at Young Minds. She has always been passionate about writing and creative storytelling -- whether through visual art, music, or film.

From James Baldwin to Kid Cudi: Conversations on Black Mental Health in Honor of Black History Month

I have always been struck, in America, by an emotional poverty so bottomless, and a terror of human life, of human touch, so deep, that virtually no American appears able to achieve any viable, organic connection between his public stance and his private life. This failure of the private life has always had the [...]

By |2019-04-24T15:08:52-08:00February 27th, 2017|Featured Posts, Gen Bold, Identity, Stigma Reduction|0 Comments

Giving Thanks To The Millennials At The Table

Friendsgiving dinner, courtesy of millennials. “I am so impressed with us. It’s like we’re actually adults!” This sentiment was the mantra of my Friendsgiving -- a pre-Thanksgiving meal among friends. It was first declared when my roommates and I successfully rinsed, brined, and transferred our 18 pound turkey to the oven. It [...]

By |2017-03-22T23:22:57-08:00November 23rd, 2016|Featured Posts, Foster Youth|0 Comments

‘Cultural Competency,’ More than Just Buzzwords

‘In Plain English’ is a recurring segment on Hear Me Out where we break down key issues and concepts in the world of mental health and youth advocacy. Do you have a great idea for our next IPE post? Share it with us here. Imagine moving to a new country at a young age. You [...]

By |2019-04-24T14:31:54-08:00August 24th, 2016|Featured Posts, In Plain English|0 Comments

ALGEE: A Life-Saving Acronym

I am now a certified youth mental health first aider. Why? Because “you are more likely to encounter someone who is experiencing a behavioral health condition or crisis, than someone who is facing a physical emergency.”((Trying to make mental health first aid as familiar as CPR))This is the foundation of Mental Health First Aid trainings--eight [...]

By |2019-04-24T14:11:41-08:00July 12th, 2016|Featured Posts, Suicide Prevention|0 Comments

“Through my mental health journey, I came to realize my voice is powerful.”

By Astrea Somarriba, Admin Assistant & Communications Coordinator It started with a prompt and a puzzle piece, and developed into a collection of unique experiences and artistic expressions that spoke louder than words. On Saturday, Young Minds journeyed to Youth In Mind’s Oakland office to facilitate a “Creative Advocacy” art workshop. Participants were given a [...]

By |2019-04-24T14:17:54-08:00April 19th, 2016|Art, Featured Posts|0 Comments

Some Of The Best Stories Are Told Without Words

By Astrea Somarriba, Communications Coordinator Our Social Media intern, Jeremiah, is always prepared for the perfect shot. At just 18 years old, he has built an impressive portfolio with images that represent different points in his life. When asked why photography is important to him, Jeremiah writes “I am always taking photos, whether I am happy [...]

By |2019-04-24T14:23:23-08:00April 11th, 2016|Art, Featured Posts|0 Comments

My Journey to Understand Collective Trauma & Transcend Personal Barriers

By Astrea Somarriba, Admin Assistant & Communications Coordinator “When you go to the brothel do not take anything with you. Your notes are fine, but those earrings...take them off. No phone. Keep any money in your bra. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. If anyone touches you, leave.” I am sitting in Ixchen, a women’s health [...]