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mental health Quote of the week

SEPTEMBER 19- September 25

“There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn’t.”

—John Green

COMMUNITY VOICES highlights

August 12, 2021 by Heads Up Teens

Reflecting on 1-Year of Heads Up Teens: Thank you, endlessly.

To the close-knit, beautiful, and loving HUT community:

Never would we have thought that one year later, HUT would be the band of friendship and mutual support that it is today.

What started as a one-person passion project has blossomed into a treasury of personal reflection and research and vulnerable and valiant community voices.

Let this article serve as a collection of our team’s reflections on this past year’s camaraderie, trial-and-a-whole-LOT-of-error, and most of all, love. We hope these words represent a sliver of our immeasurable appreciation for your continuous support and friendship; words cannot fully encapsulate our gratitude.

Here’s to another year of candid conversation, mutual learning, and collaborative fight to craft a world where mental illness is normalized and understood.

With endless gratitude and love,

The HUT Team

Climate Anxiety, The Invisible Thorn of the Climate Crisis (Part 1)

"The teens who organize around the climate crisis work to tackle a global catastrophe that has yet to be solved. Alongside this strenuous and herculean feat, they go through the daily stressors of a teenager in the modern age: school, family, friends, etc. The intersection between the climate crisis and mental health crisis is apparent and its prevalence must be normalized. In partnership with Heads Up Teens, Youth Climate Action Team Inc (YCAT), a global youth climate movement, is working to highlight the notion of climate anxiety. Whether it be to give a name to a feeling that teens often face yet struggle to label or emphasizing that youth climate activists are not alone in their worries, we hope to drive change through this writing. "

April 21, 2020 by Jin Ma

Born Ordinarily, Live Extraordinarily

"As humans, we are always eager to live life as poetic and picturesque as possible. However, the truth is that everyone was born ordinarily, except some were able to discover the beauty of life and live extraordinarily."

April 14, 2020 by Tiffany Fang

Not American Enough

"This article is written to let the young Asian American community know that they are not alone in their feelings of isolation, fear, and discrimination. It is recall of the shared experiences that many Asian Americans, like myself, have endured throughout our years in America. After the AAPI hate and awareness that has been spreading, I found it very important to not only voice my own feelings towards the situation but to reach other people as well. It is important to come together during times like this, especially when the Asian community has been silenced for so long. "

April 7, 2020 by Jason Guo

marrow work

" "marrow work"

a poem"

March 24, 2020 by Zarif Hasan

Hippos at Church Camp

"My article is about pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I went to a church camp in Iowa even though I’m not Christian. I discovered a lot about myself during this experience and grew a lot as an individual. "

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September 13, 2021 by Alex Choi

Changing with the Seasons

The start of the new school year can often signal momentous changes in our life. How do we adjust, adapt, even thrive? Learn what change really means, and how we can accept this season of change.

September 3, 2021 by Kevina Wang

A Mental Health Toolbox: What helped me recover (and I hope can help you too)

A collection of simple activities (with recommendations) that personally helped me recover — and I hope can help you too. Sending you all my love <3

August 17, 2021 by Sydney Chen

Not Only Eeyores

Mental illness is often invisible due to stigma and instantaneous judgments making it more important than to look out for everyone, not only Eeyores.

August 13, 2021 by Alex Choi

Romanticizing the Boring Stuff

Ever feel like your life is right out of a scene of a movie? While it seems like those feelings are reserved for the special moments, take a different perspective and see that even the ‘boring stuff’ can be romanticized.

August 9, 2021 by Pranay Dhawan

Convos that count: How we talk to ourselves

There’s an ongoing dialogue going on within our heads, and the words we choose to use can have heavy impacts on our thoughts and behaviors. In this article, I go over why it’s important to be cognizant of how we speak to the person who’s always listening, from positive affirmations to self-directed insults.

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Text MHA to 741741

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