Bringing you impactful teen mental health stories, expert advice from industry professionals, and inspiring individuals' journeys, SafeSpace stories is your personal mental health resource.
Kai’s story: “When I finally was offered help, I wish I had the courage not to reject it”
In episode #8, we sat down with Kai, a SafeSpace alum and current Northeastern freshman. We cover recovery, relapses, what Kai wishes they had done differently, and Kai’s advice for you. “I wish that someone who had the experiences I had had told me that,” they share. What is “that,” you ask? Listen and find out!
John Broderick’s story: a former Chief Justice, turned mental-health advocate
John lived in a world where mental health wasn't recognized—until his son faced severe struggles with alcohol. Now, he talks to thousands of youth and parents with the goal of breaking the stigma clouding mental illness. He shares his journey here.
*Support the Dartmouth-Hitchcock campaign which John Broderick leads*:
https://www.dartmouth-hitchcock.org/about/react-awareness-campaign (also contains the 5-signs campaign).
Data mentioned in the episode can be found at:
Samina's story: from struggling with an eating disorder to advocacy for body positivity
We sit down with SafeSpace alumna Samina and talk about denial, toxic diet culture, and change-making—and how all of that comes together in the newest chapter of Samina's story at UPenn.
Expert advice: suicide prevention and racial inequity in mental health
We interviewed Kelechi Ubozoh, a writer, mental health advocate, and public speaker. We’ll cover storytelling and Kelechi's own journey as a suicide attempt survivor, racial inequity in mental health, and what to do if you or your friend are thinking about suicide. Kelechi has a large body of work in suicide prevention and published the book We’ve Been Too Patient in 2019. She’s worked in the California mental health system for nearly a decade as well as with over 35 mental health agencies and was recently named a Steinberg Institute mental health champion.
BIPOC resources mentioned in the episode:
- BEAM (Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective): https://www.beam.community/. An organization dedicated to the healing, wellness, and liberation of Black and marginalized communities.
- California Reducing Disparities Project: https://cultureishealth.org/. Find resources and information aimed at reducing mental health disparities for African American, Latino, Native American, Asian and Pacific Islander, and LGBTQ+ populations in California.
Kristina’s story: her journey after losing her sister to suicide
SafeSpace board member Kristina on loss, the importance of reaching out, and how she finds peace years later. TRIGGER WARNING: mentions of suicide
Expert advice: what is art therapy?
We sit down with Dr. Nadia Paredes to discuss the connection between art and mental health, art therapy’s unique power, and advice on how to reap art’s wellness benefits. Dr. Paredes is a licensed Art Therapist and Marital and Family Therapist, as well as the current treasurer of the American Art Therapy Association. TRIGGER WARNING: mentions of anxiety and schizophrenia
Outstanding podcast. Truly inspiring
This is seriously what all teens need to hear!!! Amazing editing and work. This podcast has helped me immensely. The deep topics that are discussed in this podcast relate to all teens and it is so helpful to know that I am not alone. Mental health is a huge struggle amongst all teens, and Bela and Anouschka really took this above and beyond.
I’m a high school senior and this podcast has gotten me through the similar troubles of school. Thank you safespace!
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This podcast is so thoughtful and unlike any other I have heard. I love the narrative form and the amazing guests. They say it every episode but it really is powered by the youth voice. 5/5