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It’s not too late

I worked so hard to find simple symbols that represented mental health, and through this, I found many ways to say “things will get better” and “its okay to be flawed” in the language of art. there are many ways to seek help, and art is yet another way to do so.

Through the Lens of Culture

This video created by our Youths from the Eastern African Community shows how mental health is viewed from the viewpoint of the Eastern African culture. We were able create the content using Specific language, clothing and music from the Eastern African culture.

ME

The film is about finding hope in things, like practicing different methods of self-care and seeking help from others (such as licensed professionals, friends, or family).

You Aren’t a Bother

A radio PSA announcing how the listener isn’t a bother and if they need help to reach out

Never A Bother

Our short film delves into the internal struggles of a teenager grappling with mental health issues. The narrative centers around the protagonist’s inner debate about reaching out to friends, teachers, and family for support.

You’re No Annoyance Here

My submission is a poem, and my poem is meant to be for those who feel that they are bothersome, or an annoyance to others.

Striking for Patients

My piece depicts the strikes nurses went on in order to protest a shortage of workers in the healthcare industry and the dangers faced by patients as a result of being treated by underpaid, overworked professionals. Strikes can serve as crucial tools for securing fair wages and hours.

Denial

My short video portrays the complex relationship I have with my parents as a transgender teenager. The end poem is a direct call out to the fact that my parents fully know that I’m trans, yet every time it is brought up in a conversation, they act as if it’s their first time hearing it. The film is an invitation to a party that I’ve planned for too long – one that only my parents are invited to.

Dear Mom and Dad…

As I’m growing up and becoming more independent, I’ve struggled with being overwhelmed by school, my commitments, and my busy schedule. I know my parents want to help me but don’t always know how. I want them to know that, because of all the things they have taught me and the values they have instilled in me, I don’t necessarily need them to do things for me, hold my hand through everything, and physically fix my problems for me. However, sometimes what would help me the most is for them to listen and understand. Sometimes, when I feel overwhelmed, I just want them to let me know that I’m on the right path and that they are proud of me.