Hear Me Out – The Blog 2016-11-17T17:25:44+00:00



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We believe that authentic public engagement by stakeholders in policy reform is integral to improving mental health policies and programs for youth. Whether you are a young person, caregiver, teacher, clinician, advocate, program administrator, or legislator–we hope our blog will broaden your understanding about mental health and the needs of youth, and encourage you to get involved!

Here are some of the regular segments featured on Hear Me Out:

Community Voices


We believe that youth who face mental health challenges have powerful and meaningful voices. We also believe that storytelling paired with advocacy can drive meaningful social change. Our segment Community Voices shares the unique perspectives of youth and others directly impacted by the mental health system. We believe the courageous individuals who share their experiences on our blog not only deserve to be at the forefront of the discussion, but should be given the opportunity to lead it. It’s our job—as experts, as advocates, as people—to amplify their voices and truly listen to their ideas.

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Advocacy Updates

Smitha BlogThe laws and policies that govern the public mental health system for youth are incredibly complex. This makes navigating the system effectively very challenging–leaving many members of the mental health community feeling left out and powerless. We use our blog to help demystify the jargon and legal terms used to describe the public mental health system. We want to keep you updated on policy decisions that impact the lives of youth. We want to bring you into the discussions that lead to systemic changes. Hear Me Out strives to give you information that is accessible and empowering so that together, we can take action!

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The Weekly MashUp


Staying up to date on the latest news isn’t easy. That’s why we created our segment the Weekly MashUp. Every Friday we pull together and summarize the most pertinent local and national news about children’s mental health, to save you time and keep you updated. Make sure you never miss a headline! Sign up to receive our Weekly MashUp in your inbox automatically every week.

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Latest Blog Posts

Voices of Creative Advocacy: Tristin Severns

May 16th, 2017|0 Comments

Note: editors of the Weekly MashUp will be attending CMHACY this week. We look forward to bringing you a special edition of the WMU when we return.  On April 29th, we hosted our kick off [...]

Wellness Starts With Our Youth: A Series on Bay Area Youth Leading Change in Mental Health

April 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Part 2 with Nadia Ghaffari, Founder of TeenzTalk Please see part 1 of series. Nadia was first introduced to mental health in her psychology class during 10th grade. Her community had previously experienced two [...]

WMU: New bill bars prosecution of kids under 12; Birth control & depression; Digital mental health communities

April 6th, 2017|0 Comments

The Weekly MashUp is a recurring segment on Hear Me Out, the Young Minds’ Blog, highlighting the most pertinent local and national news for children’s mental health advocates. If you haven't already, sign up [...]

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