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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.
Mia Dilalla

February 2022

Mia Dilalla

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, a local high school student and Girl Scout. In this interview Mia shares with us about her outlook on life, her experience as a Girl Scout, and her plans to achieve her Girl Scout Gold Award through educating local teens and children on mental health awareness.
A Young Adult’s Perspective on Being Diagnosed with ADHD

February 2022

A Young Adult’s Perspective on Being Diagnosed with ADHD

To bring more awareness to ADHD among young adults, our Connect-OC intern, Vivi, interviewed a local university student to talk about their first-hand experience and share a bit about challenges and tips for others that may be experiencing symptoms of ADHD.
The Importance of Art For Mental Health

January 2022

The Importance of Art For Mental Health

Utilizing art as a tool to support one’s mental health involves engaging in self-expression through a variety of art forms: painting, drawing, dancing, modeling, poetry, storytelling, music, and more.
Christian Dela Cruz

November 2021

Christian Dela Cruz

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 Christian Dela Cruz. Christian is a student at Cal State Fullerton studying psychology. In this interview Christian shares with us about his artistic passion for poetry and how writing became a way from him to address his own mental wellness.
Vivi Vu

September 2021

Vivi Vu

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 Vivi Vu. Vivi is a student at CSULB studying Health Sciences with a focus in Community Health. In this interview Vivi shares with us how games, various forms of art, and doing things that make her happy have helped with her mental health and development as a person.
Laila Nahas

August 2021

Laila Nahas

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 Laila, a local high school junior, active in peer mental health support at her school and in the community. In this interview Laila shares with us about her outlook on life, the role art plays for her as a means of self-care, and her experience as a leader with HOPE Squad locally and at the national level.
Sarah Petrus

July 2021

Sarah Petrus

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 Sarah Petrus, former Connect-OC intern and new Connect-OC Health Educator! Sarah is a recent graduate from Cal State Long Beach with a Bachelor’s in Community Health Science and a high school leader with the high school ministry at Arbor Road Church in Long Beach. In this interview Sarah shares with us about her outlook on life, experience with mental health struggles, and what she has learned so far from working in the mental health field.
Saoud Moon

June 2021

Saoud Moon

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 Saoud.  Saoud is a 17 year old high school student in Irvine and works with Crossroads Initiative. Here is a quote from Saoud "I feel the only thing that matters is how we impact people when we are on this planet. For me specifically, I want to help with issues around mental health. I hate that kids, especially little boys, feel afraid to open up about their issues because of the fact that they do not want to seem "weak." I hope to do a lot of work in the mental health field that fights towards reducing that problem."

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