Stage & Studio debuts the final episode of MediaRites‘ five-part documentary series of interviews and creative writing by and with 20 young artists and writers.
Host Mila Kashiwabara bring us “A Mental Health Journey,” based on the title of the essay she wrote when she was 10, when The -Ism Youth Files project began. Now she’s 12, and she’s the host of the final podcast episode. MediaRites gathered the youth writers in the Speaking Our Truths book together to delve into what mental health looks like for them. They speak honestly about the meaning of mental wellness, what gives them comfort, what they’ve learned from the pandemic milestone, and how they are still working to achieve healthy lives.
Featuring writers Genevieve Arce, Deandre Avant, Ellenore Celko, Cara Chen, Journeya, Danica Leung, Erik Nielson, Kaitlyn O’Neill, and Freya Sticka.
“It will be something we look back on and whether there’s another pandemic or there’s just some event that needs to be overcome, it would be a good way to recalibrate and say, ‘We’ve done this before. We are capable of overcoming it and moving forward.’” – Kaitlyn O’Neill, quoted in this episode.
MORE ABOUT THE SERIES:
All episodes feature music by Tomo Singh in Boston, Mass. Podcast is appropriate for ages 14 and up. A content warning begins each episode for listeners. Podcast episodes conclude on Friday, October 13, on Stage & Studio on ArtsWatch.
MediaRites, a Portland nonprofit led by Executive Producer Dmae Lo Roberts, created the series Speaking Our Truths: The –Ism Youth Files (IYF). This is a culmination of a two-year book and podcast project detailing the effects of the pandemic on youth mental health. This series of half-hour episodes features interviews with 20 youth artists and writers who submitted work and were chosen to be a part of The -Ism Youth Files project.
Their work (which includes essays, poems, graphic novels, and artwork) is now available as an anthology book available in paperback or ebook form on Amazon. We listen to them describe the trials they have overcome, including a global pandemic, and how various factors have impacted their mental health and wellness and how they have overcome to flourish now.
The –Ism Youth files book and podcast project was produced by Dmae Lo Roberts with Amanda Anderson and Samson Syharath. Literary works editor was Sandra de Helen and the mental health consultant is Dr. Eleanor Gil-Kashiwabara of Luminosa Psychological Services. The episodes were mixed and mastered by Clark Salisbury.