Stage & Studio debuts the fourth and most personal episode of MediaRites‘ five-part documentary series of interviews and creative writing by and with 20 young artists and writers. This week we feature “Surviving Trauma,” which tells the inspiring stories of two young woman who talk of their traumatic experiences and how mental health therapy helped them to survive.
“And though I say I’m doing good, like I’m physically and mentally well, I point out that no matter how I feel, I kind of always have to say I’m doing good. It’s as if we’re not allowed to be suffering and to not be well in our society. Which begs the question I ask in the next scene to a therapist. How do I know when I’m better?” – writer and host Danica Leung
On “Surviving Trauma,” host Danica Leung opens with her own journey of mental health therapy as she features interviews with Isabella Santana in Torrence, Calif.. whose disordered eating led to serious depression and suicidal attempts, and KyLynn Hattie Lucio in Lower Sioux Reservation in Minnesota, who shares her recovery from sexual assault.
Life will get hard again. I know that. This time, however. Instead of staying stuck in my hell. I will rise. I will learn to love life again, and I will live.
– “More Than a Joke,” by Isabella Santana
I’m so happy they left me. I would have never left them because I never knew how horrible I let them treat me. It was so bad that I had so much insecurities and loss of self worth. I doubted myself so much while being surrounded by these bad influences. I’m so happy that they are gone. I’m so happy with my life without them. They love to bring up the past and that’s how I know that I’m the mature and bigger person. I am able to understand experiences and learn from them. I genuinely do learn from these life lessons and I am grateful to be.
– “Zitkala Sa Winyan,” by KyLynn Hattie Lucio
Content Advisory: This episode contains real-life experiences of youth talking about mental health challenges such as eating disorders, suicide, racism trauma and sexual violence which might be disturbing to listeners.
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 will conclude on Friday, October 13th, 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.