Revive Mental Health

Naomi Porter.

Interviewed via form.

1. Please introduce yourself and tell us a little about what you do.

“I am a sophomore in high school from Los Angeles, California. I am an activist for entrepreneurship, mental health, and gender equality. My most recent work, as an intern for Girl Scouts of the USA focused on mental health. Through months of research, conducting focus groups, and analyzing data our team developed a research report. This report will be shown to the National Council as Girl Scouts decides what direction to go in every three years. This project was conducted by girls, for girls because we realize how important mental health is, especially for this generation.”

2. What does mental health mean to you?

“Mental health is something that needs to be normalized and talked about. Especially with Gen Z we are some of the most driven and passionate people on the planet. However, if we don’t take care of ourselves that could be our hugest downfall. So let’s have these conversations. Let’s talk about mental illness. Let’s normalize therapy. Let’s practice self care. Let’s check in on each other. Because if there is anything 2020 has taught us, is that we’re stronger when we work TOGETHER.”

3. How do you deal with your own mental health?

“Mental health is something that affects us all even in ways we can’t see. That’s why I stick with the mantra “choose people that choose you”. Choose people that bring you joy. They may not be the most popular, the most well known but it doesn’t matter. If those people make you feel safe and a better person- go find them. For me mental health starts with self care. Only then can we begin to care for others. Self care is a journey and I’m certainly not perfect- but if we TRY really TRY then we can in turn care for not only ourselves but others.”

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