Emily Weinberg was 15 when she was hospitalized for depression and anxiety and 16 when she founded Sophrosyne Mental Health—a resource for teens to find a safe place to talk about mental health, learn skills, and meet other teens facing similar issues. Considering suicide is the second leading cause of death in people ages 10-24, Sophrosyne argues that mental health, like physical health, needs to be taught early and should be intertwined with overall health curriculum in schools.
Please watch Brave New Film’s latest #YouthInAction film and find out how Sophrosyne is advocating for legislation to make mental health education mandatory in all public schools in Massachusetts as early as the fifth grade.
Brave New Films is spotlighting youth-led and intergenerational organizations across the U.S. through its #YouthinAction series. Young people are experts on the issues that impact them, and they belong at the decision-making table. It’s time we listen. For more incredible organizations, go to BraveNewFilms.org/YouthinAction.