January 14, 2023
The first Open Mind "For Teens By Teens" was held on Saturday, January 14th at UCLA's James Bridges Theater. The event featured a screening of the documentary film "Anxious Nation- our Kids are in Crisis" by Academy Award® winning documentary filmmaker and social justice advocate, Vanessa Roth and Laura Morton. Students from the inaugural Teen Advisory Council planned every aspect of the program and participated in the panel discussion. The film addresses the youth mental health crisis and addresses stigma, loneliness, isolation, disconnection, the alarming rise in suicide, the dangers of social media, overmedication, incorrect diagnoses, and the horrific mental health ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic.