'This is Normal' is a podcast where young people talk about their own mental health challenges -- and how they got through them. Because when we share our stories, we can all feel a little less alone. Part of the Kids in Crisis series by USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin.
'I Want People To Understand That They're Not Alone'
At a live event hosted by Marquette University and USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin, young people shared their perspectives on their own mental health struggles, and what is needed to address the issue.
Panelists were Parker Adams, Amaii Collins, Alexandra Schmidt and Jesse Pennington-Cross. The discussion was moderated by Rory Linnane of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Read more at http://www.jsonline.com/kidsincrisis. You can watch the video of the full Marquette event at facebook.com/postcrescent.
Franki Moscato Has Been Bullied And Excluded. Now She Reaches Out Through Her Songs.
Franki Moscato started performing when she was just 11. Now 17, the Oshkosh teen is opening up about her struggles with bullying and depression ahead of a turn on 'American Idol.'
Find Franki's music at www.frankijo.com.
Read the story that goes with this podcast: https://www.postcrescent.com/story/series/kidsincrisis/2019/03/13/franki-moscato-wisconsin-teen-singer-bullying-american-idol/3029800002/
See the trailer for our documentary collaboration with Milwaukee PBS: https://www.postcrescent.com/story/opinion/2019/02/07/wisconsin-teens-share-mental-health-challenges-pbs-documentary/2504844002/
Find more at postcrescent.com/kidsincrisis.
She Lost Her Teen Daughter To Suicide. Now She Fights To Help Others.
Kris Cahak had 15 years, two months and six days with her daughter Morgan Peiper. Today, she works to fight mental health stigma and help others.
School Stress Led Him To Despair. Support From Family, Friends Brought Him Back.
Jose Morales was hospitalized last year after school stress led him to suicidal thoughts. He's not alone; many teens say the stress of school weighs on their mental health. Jose's family and friends helped bring him back. In this episode, we hear from him and others on what young people need to survive school.
To read our report on school stress and see charts, click here: https://post.cr/2PdhKGQ
In Live Stories, Young People Tell How They Found Hope At Dark Times
In this bonus episode, we share stories told by young people at our live events across Wisconsin.
In order, you’ll hear: Brenda Wesley, Nekita Krisko, Tina Sutherland, TJ Esser, Kaitlyn Akey, Jordan Palmieri and Kris Cahak.
For more from our Kids in Crisis series, visit www.postcrescent.com/kidsincrisis
His Spoken Word Fights Mental Health Demons
Nick Becker's dad died by suicide a few days before Nick turned 5 years old. He has only a few memories of him. But he knows his father struggled with bipolar disorder — the same disease Nick, now 25, has struggled with since he was a teenager. Today Nick is a poet and a spoken word performer who uses his art to talk about mental health — and the importance of talking about mental health.
I love it!
I started listening to this literally today and I just love it!
I have struggled with depression and anxiety since I was a small child. Had there been this resource then, I might have felt comfortable taking it seriously early on. That they are giving voice to youth to share their stories is very important and game-changing work.
Short stories that pack a serious punch
These episodes may be short but they are moving and so well done. I really love how caring and interested the male editor host is with the female reporter’s stories. Each week, I can’t wait for the next week’s episode to come out! What I really respect the most is how much the hosts clearly care about the people they discuss and the lives they share with listeners. These stories are important and even those skeptical of the importance of mental health awareness will be swayed to recognize its importance by these stories.