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On Our Minds Podcast

On Our Minds — a podcast made by teens, for teens, all about teens — and mental health

The Ups and Downs of Social Media | On Our Minds

In this season’s final full episode of “On Our Minds,” Noah and Zion talk about the positives and negatives of social media, and share stories from teens grappling with the effects of information overload on their mental health. Special guest Jeffrey Donald, who coordinates mindfulness practices for Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland, explains the benefits of activities such as yoga and meditation to find balance in our hyperconnected worlds.

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About The Series

Mental illness is on the rise among adolescents, with 1 in 5 teenagers living with a severe mental disorder. In 2019, 70% of teens said that anxiety and depression are major problems among people their age in their community.

Hosted by 16-year-old high school sophomores Noah Konevitch of Lebanon, Pa. and Zion Williams of Clinton Township, Mich., On Our Minds with Noah and Zion is SRL’s new—and first—podcast that will tackle some of the biggest mental health challenges young people face in five, 30-minute episodes. The podcast is a collaboration between SRL and WETA Well Beings.

The launch and first episode of On Our Minds with Noah and Zion will drop on Fri. May 28 at 6am ET.  Subscribe or follow wherever you get your podcasts.

About Student Reporting Labs

PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs connect students with an innovative video journalism curriculum and a network of public broadcasting mentors to develop digital media, critical thinking, and communication skills while producing original news reports from a youth perspective. Visit studentreportinglabs.org to learn more.

Funding Credits

On Our Minds is produced with support from WETA’s Well Beings campaign and Youth Metal Health Project, as well as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Frieda Berlinski Foundation, the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award.

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    WellBeings.org is a mental health resource, not a crisis or suicide response website. If you are in crisis, or experiencing thoughts of suicide, please text the Crisis Text Line (text HELLO to 741741), or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Both services are free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.