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I’m Still a Youth (Advocate)

It’s customary for new staff and team members here at Young Minds Advocacy to write a blog introducing them to the world. It makes sense as a practice because we’re an outward facing organization, and to begin the journey of advocacy here is to begin to flex your voice. I wrote my first introductory [...]

A Flexible Approach for Improving Mental Health Care In Schools

I’ve worked with children since I was old enough to do so, either as a babysitter, tutor, mentor, or camp counselor, and have focused my psychology major on child development and mental health. The biggest takeaway from my experience with children and study of their psychological development has been the crucial role of teachers [...]

By |2019-04-24T14:30:50-07:00February 14th, 2017|Blogger Intros, Community Voices, Featured Posts, Gen Bold|1 Comment

A call to advocate: Critical portions of the Affordable Care Act that help children and adolescents struggling with mental illness

The Affordable Care Act (i.e. the ACA or “Obamacare”) has provided more support and access to treatment for children struggling with mental illness than any other health care reform law since Medicaid. Most importantly, the ACA championed the advancement of mental health parity, which is an idea that treatments for mental illness should be [...]

This New Year, Please Remember the Kids Who Can’t Go Home

“He wanted to ride his bike into traffic.”  “He returned home with cuts on his neck.”  “He’s talking suicide…Please take action.”  “He turned a knife on himself when he was six.”  These words reflect the experiences of four young men who have never met, are from different towns, and have their own unique life stories.  [...]

Young Addicts on How They Turned Their Lives Around

It’s tragic how young so many people are when they become addicted to drugs or alcohol. These substances are constantly destroying lives, but thanks to rehabilitation facilities and some smart choices, a lot of young men and women are turning their lives around before it’s too late. Blake, a young man from Michigan who found [...]

By |2019-04-24T14:10:45-07:00October 14th, 2016|Blogger Intros, Community Voices, Featured Posts|0 Comments

Student Mental Health Support Should be an Ongoing Priority for Schools

It was junior year. I was sitting in my honors chemistry class, probably joking around with some friends as the bell rang to start my first class of the day. Within a few minutes, the school was on lockdown. Someone reported seeing someone with a gun walking toward the high school. We were on lockdown [...]

By |2019-04-24T14:31:56-07:00September 13th, 2016|Blogger Intros, Community Voices, Featured Posts, Trauma|0 Comments

Confidentiality Shouldn’t Be a Barrier for Youth in Crisis

Emily was cheerful, fun, and popular (as social media dictated). She had a 4.6 GPA and was her high school’s valedictorian. She was accepted into her dream school and planned to go there in the fall. She was a student leader of several youth organizations and was involved in her community, working in law firms, [...]

By |2019-04-24T14:14:26-07:00August 31st, 2016|Blogger Intros, Community Voices, Featured Posts|0 Comments

Disconnect to Connect

Snapchat. Instagram. Facebook. Twitter.  Most people are aware of these forms of social media and have spent time perusing, posting, and commenting on these applications. Children born after the year 1995, commonly referred to as Generation Z, have been raised using this type of technology.  Technological advances are great accomplishments for the world and have [...]

By |2016-11-17T17:25:56-07:00June 29th, 2016|Blogger Intros, Featured Posts|0 Comments

Children of Incarcerated Parents Also Serve Time

Upon arrival, we checked in at the front desk and waited patiently while the guards processed our paperwork. Our names were called, we passed through a metal detector without our shoes, and got a “cool” stamp on our hands before entering the visiting room. In my mind, I thought the stamp was cool because it [...]

The Dangers Behind Silence and Secrecy

Mental health care, as a concept, was not something that I grew up familiar with. My family believes strongly in the generationally taught idea that any sort of challenge--whether it be about money, relationships, or health--should be handled in secret. As an individual, my identity has been shaped strongly by Indian familial and cultural values. [...]

By |2016-11-17T17:25:57-07:00June 14th, 2016|Blogger Intros, Featured Posts|0 Comments