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On Our Minds Podcast

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

COVID-19: Are We Really All in This Together?

The phrase “we are all in this together,” was used at the beginning of the pandemic to help unite people. In this episode, Noah and Zion share personal stories from young people who explore whether that phrase feels true or not, and discuss how they have been impacted by social and racial inequities. Later in the episode, Zion talks with clinical psychologist Dr. Ryan DeLapp about the connection between inequality and mental health.

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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 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.

All Stories 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.