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Cutting Stigma with Words: The Hope Is Alive Open Mic Night

During Suicide Prevention Week, some of Redding’s talented musicians, hip hop artists and spoken word poets got together to bust stigma at the “Hope Is Alive” Open Mic Night. Does music or art help get you through tough times? Listen to the artists below and get your work ready for the next Open Mic night. … » 

“18 Years” – Dairrien’s Song about Surviving High School

Dairrien Call is an 18-year-old musician who graduated from Anderson New Technology High School this year. He has experienced depression and suicidal thoughts, and he wrote this song “18 Years (We Survived)” about the many struggles he and his classmates faced during high school. Listen to this audio piece about his music, and then read … » 

Cole’s Journey through Depression in Photos

Cole Arlandson is a recent Anderson New Tech grad and Cottonwood resident who believes there needs to be more mental health services for young people. He expresses himself through photography. Photography is important to me because it allows me to express what I am feeling inside without speaking directly about it. Any art form allows … » 

This Mental Health Month: Make the Pledge!

Ending the stigma associated with mental illness and suicide is a personal choice, and National Mental Health Month is the perfect time to exercise this right. Now is your chance to make your own personal mental health pledge in the space provided below. Here are a few ideas. Everyone - Pledge to acknowledge you have mental … » 

Anderson New Tech Students Create New Mental Health Policy

A group of Anderson New Tech students have created a proposal for youth mental health policy that would allow teenagers to attend up to three sessions with a therapist without parental notification. If the teenagers met certain criteria, they could continue to see the therapist without parental notification after the first three visits. “Our focus … » 

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Cutting Stigma with Words: The Hope Is Alive Open Mic Night

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During Suicide Prevention Week, some of Redding’s talented musicians, hip hop artists and spoken word poets got together to bust stigma at the “Hope Is Alive” Open Mic Night. Does music or art help get you through tough times? Listen to the artists below and get your work ready for the next Open Mic night. … » 

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“18 Years” – Dairrien’s Song about Surviving High School

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Dairrien Call is an 18-year-old musician who graduated from Anderson New Technology High School this year. He has experienced depression and suicidal thoughts, and he wrote this song “18 Years (We Survived)” about the many struggles he and his classmates faced during high school. Listen to this audio piece about his music, and then read … » 

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Cole’s Journey through Depression in Photos

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Cole Arlandson is a recent Anderson New Tech grad and Cottonwood resident who believes there needs to be more mental health services for young people. He expresses himself through photography. Photography is important to me because it allows me to express what I am feeling inside without speaking directly about it. Any art form allows … » 

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This Mental Health Month: Make the Pledge!

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Ending the stigma associated with mental illness and suicide is a personal choice, and National Mental Health Month is the perfect time to exercise this right. Now is your chance to make your own personal mental health pledge in the space provided below. Here are a few ideas. Everyone - Pledge to acknowledge you have mental … » 

Anderson New Tech students created an Adolescent Mental Health policy for their Project Citizen assignment.

Anderson New Tech Students Create New Mental Health Policy

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A group of Anderson New Tech students have created a proposal for youth mental health policy that would allow teenagers to attend up to three sessions with a therapist without parental notification. If the teenagers met certain criteria, they could continue to see the therapist without parental notification after the first three visits. “Our focus … » 

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Meet Faith: The #Selfiewell Contest Winner!

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Congrats to our #Selfiewell contest winner Faith Scalf! She won a $100 gift card to Mt. Shasta Mall. She wrote on our Facebook page: The best stress-lifter for me is my SPORTS! With out my sports I don’t know how I would cope. Softball, volleyball, and basketball. It’s an amazing feeling working together as a … » 

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Danielle: 6 Ways I stop Anxiety in Its Tracks

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We all have anxiety from time to time. Maybe we are about to take an important test or start a difficult conversation with someone, and we get those “butterflies”. This is normal. However, if you are someone with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (or GAD), like me, the symptoms can plague you on a daily basis and … » 

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Native Shasta College Student: For her tribes, “Water + Salmon = Life”

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Kayla Brown is a 19-year-old Native American Shasta College student, who is Hupa and Winnemem Wintu. She wrote this piece after helping the Hupa people advocate for their Trinity River salmon this summer.     Our land is stretched from South Fork of the Trinity River through the Hoopa Valley to the Klamath River. Our … » 

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“My Horse Has PTSD” – A North State Marine’s Survival Tale

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  Editor’s note: Joseph Sellman is a Klamathon resident who has family in Shasta County. There are local programs similar to Stable Hands at Meliora Ranch and Triple Creek Ranch.   My horse has PTSD   “Be polite, be professional but be prepared to kill everyone you meet” General James Mattis 2004   By the … » 

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Danielle: No One’s Pain Should Be Compared

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Everyone has a different road to travel in life. We all have triumphs and struggles. As humans we tend to add a scale to these life events. Some problems are seen as “bigger” or “worse” than other problems. Some accomplishments are “better” and more worthy of praise. Unfortunately, I believe these perceptions divide us from … »