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How Youth Are Coping with Anxiety & Stress

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How is the stress of COVID-19 impacting the well-being of young people? As educators struggle to maintain safe learning environments, many of the emotional effects of the pandemic linger. And for some, the stress of uncertainty is compounded by the overwhelm of the return to in-person learning and the weight of academic expectations. Add the larger concerns about climate change and the politically divisive atmosphere, and you get what could be called an anxious generation.

On Thursday, November 18th, Oregon Public Broadcasting hosts Call to Mind Live: How Youth Are Coping with Anxiety & Stress, a Well Beings Tour Event. We explore how youth in Oregon are coping — what’s making them feel anxious, what’s making them feel better, and how the individuals and institutions in their lives can support their resilience.

About the Host

Dave Miller has been the host of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s daily talk show, “Think Out Loud,” since 2011. From 2008 to 2011, he worked as the online host of the show. Before coming to OPB, Dave was the senior producer of “Open Source,” a nationally syndicated radio show based at WGBH in Boston. He began his radio career as a documentary producer at Sound Portraits Productions and StoryCorps. His stories have aired on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “Morning Edition” and “Weekend Edition Saturday.”

About the Panelists

Shalene Joseph (A’aniiih/Athabascan) has a master’s degree from UCLA and is a project coordinator for the Native Wellness Institute. She is a wellness facilitator, film director, artist and student of life.

Katharine Iliyn is a school counselor at Cascade High School and the Director of Outdoor School as well. Katharine earned her Master’s degree in School Counseling from George Fox University in May of 2020.

Alyssia Menezes is a junior at Lincoln High School. She runs the Stumptown Speaker Series, an interview series with business leaders, and is involved in her school’s Speech and Debate Team, Business Club, and Indian Student Union. Alyssia is also a founder of a mental health education program for elementary and middle school students.

Andy Miller is a member of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians and is also Northern Cheyenne, Ojibwe and Lakota descendant. He is a high school freshman, an artist and creative thinker. In his free time, he enjoys reading, drawing and playing games.

Jospin Mugisha is a 19-years-old sophomore at Portland State University. Jospin is studying Marketing and Graphic Design, and is the co-founder of the clothing brand Bproud.

Craigan Usher is a professor of psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. Since 2010 he has been the Program Director for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training. Dr. Usher works with young people and families, providing therapy and considering ways to address psychological pain and relationship difficulties. Dr. Usher is also interested in how the humanities and scientific disciplines shed light on human suffering, shape psychotherapy, and help medical students and trainees become better practitioners.

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About The Tour

The Well Beings Tour is making its way to cities across the country, hosted in partnership with local public media stations to present impactful experiences that connect audiences with mental health resources in the local community, strengthen community connections, and destigmatize mental health challenges. The Tour features moderated public discussions that share information and volunteer opportunities from local community and national organizations. The Tour is fostering new conversations about mental health through these local events — live or virtual, based on local public health conditions.

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