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Artist Conversations Podcast Ep. 2: Different Song, Same Struggle

Have you ever used music to feel better? VoiceWaves’ podcast host Odin Smith talked to young people to see how they use music as medicine on their mental health journeys. … Continue reading

March 25, 2019 · Leave a comment

Youth Artist Podcast Ep.1: Mental Wellness, Acceptance, & Identity

This podcast looks into the personal journey of young artists venturing into the music world, covering themes of mental wellness, confidence, acceptance, and more. Listen at VoiceWaves.

January 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

5150’D: My Journey Through a Psych Ward

For YR Media reporter Desmond Meagley, their teen years, which society always calls “the best years of your life,” were filled with anxiety, depression, and eventually even forced hospitalization. After … Continue reading

November 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

For Students, Summer’s Internet Isolation Can Cause Anxiety In The Fall

“I have friends, but talking to them face to face felt so unusual.“ Read more at VoiceWaves

October 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Mental Health @ Multi-Cultural Town Hall

A Multicultural Town Hall focusing on Mental Health options for minorities and youth was held in South Sacramento. See more at Access Local TV

August 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Op-Ed: Let’s Talk About Sex… Addiction

An explainer, and then some, about sex addiction. “I’m not monogamous, but when I’m in a relationship, that person is my everything. And that’s unhealthy” Read more at VoiceWaves

August 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Mental Illness Is Not A Choice

Ja’Nell Gore shares her opinions on the rampant portrayal of depression and anxiety as romanticized mental health issues. From her own experiences, she knows firsthand that these are not issues … Continue reading

July 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Breaking The Silence: Mental Health Awareness Among Boys and Men In The East African Community

With an upsurge of public discourse surrounding mental health issues, more attention is being drawn to the fact that boys and men of color are more likely to be affected … Continue reading

July 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

Long Beach Poly Mental Health Center Won Over After Hints Of Closure

After rumors swirled that Long Beach Polytechnic High School was shutting down its mental health counseling center, students and staff alike protested the imminent closing. Because of this massive community … Continue reading

April 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

Terrified about senior year? Here’s how I overcame it

A Long Beach high school student describes the emotions and pressures of entering senior year, both reflecting back on regrets and facing an unknown future. His miracle cure? Talking about … Continue reading

September 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

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