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Mia Aniceto

January 2023

Mia Aniceto

A goal of the Connect-OC Coalition is to highlight the voices and work of young adults advocating for mental health and wellness. In this interview we speak with Mia who is currently employed at Pacific Clinics/REI. In this interview Mia shares with us a bit about how community mental health opened their eyes to the complex web of support, resources, and networks that we encounter throughout our journeys to wellness.
Attachment: Relating to ourselves, others, and the world

January 2023

Attachment: Relating to ourselves, others, and the world

Recently, there has been an increased popular interest in attachment and the ways our attachment experiences and corresponding attachment styles impact our relationships. In this article, Project Coordinator David Paddison explores a bit about attachment, how it helps us relate to ourselves, others, and the world and shares additional resources for further information.
Ashley Espiritu

November 2022

Ashley Espiritu

A goal of the Connect-OC Coalition is to highlight the voices and work of young adults advocating for mental health and wellness. In this interview we speak with Ashley, a CSULB student and Connect-OC intern. Ashley shares with us a bit about her personal struggles with mental health and how studying health science opened her world up to different resources and outlooks on mental health/illnesses.
Project WHY (We Hear You)

November 2022

Project WHY (We Hear You)

In this article Connect-OC Young Adult Advisory Committee Member Arielle Zappia shares about her non-profit, Project WHY (We Hear You), and how she became passionate about advocating for reducing the stigma surrounding homelessness in Orange County , Ca.
The Power of You : Recognizing the Hope in Recovery

September 2022

The Power of You : Recognizing the Hope in Recovery

September is recognized as National Suicide Prevention Month and National Recovery Month and in a world full of social media and comparison it’s so important to recognize the power and hope that lies in being you. In this article Connect-OC intern, Joy Medina, discusses how one can identify their strengths and individuality and utilize them as reminder to oneself and those around them that we all have something unique to bring to this world.
Leslie Tapia

September 2022

Leslie Tapia

A goal of the Connect-OC Coalition is to highlight the voices and work of young adults advocating for mental health and wellness. In this interview we speak with Leslie, a current student at Cal State Fullerton and a member of the Connect-OC Young Adult Advisory Committee. In this interview Leslie shares with us her personal journey with mental health and how being transparent with herself and others in life allowed her to have more open and deep connections with people. “ If you stay, the world will repay you.”
Eating Mindfully

July 2022

Eating Mindfully

July 24th is International Self Care Day and often times when we think of ways to improve our mental health, activities that come to mind could be exercise more, spend time with those you love, or reach out to a trusted therapist. While all of these can definitely improve our mental health and push us toward the right direction, we should also consider another important factor that is accessible daily, our nutrition and the food that we consume on a daily basis.
Megan Buncher

July 2022

Megan Buncher

A goal of the Connect-OC Coalition is to highlight the voices and work of young adults advocating for mental health and wellness. In this interview we speak with Megan, a college student and yoga teacher with UPLIFT Teen Yoga. In this interview Megan shares with us a bit about her love for yoga and meditation and some encouragement she has for other young adults. In Megan's words "Stop figuring out how to look good on the outside, and start figuring out how to feel good on the inside."
Joy Medina

April 2022

Joy Medina

A goal of the Connect-OC Coalition is to highlight the voices and work of young adults advocating for mental health and wellness. In this interview we speak with Joy, a local college student and Connect-OC intern. In this interview Joy shares with us some of her college experience, her favorite self-care activities, self-help books, and how art has played a role in her mental wellness.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month

April 2022

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

The month of May can come with a lot of pressure for students, such as finals or graduating high school/college. Knowing this, it’s important to be reminded of how you can take care of your mental health. The month of May was chosen as the Mental Health Month in order to raise awareness of trauma and the impact it can have on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of all individuals.

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