Journalism

The Journalism Team is made up of our bloggers, researchers, editors, and interviewers.

SURABHI PANDEY

WRITER

Surabhi Pandey is currently pursuing masters in Psychology. She would describe myself as an advocate for Mental Health. While conversing with different people of different age and choices, she realised one thing was common that each of them had to face the trauma or the struggle alone. It is tough and unfair for anyone to suffer when we can provide them help. So, she has started a blog, has active conversations and is joining groups and organisations to help raise awareness about Mental Health

FARIYA CHOHAN

WRITER

A motivated speaker, a determined advocate for global equal rights, and a true at heart animal lover, Fariya is a young activist with lots to write and bold opinions. She aspires to make big changes in the world starting on a small scale. Even if that small scale begins with being kind to the people around you.

VICTORIA

WRITER

“Hi, I’m Victoria! I’m currently seventeen and working on my IGCSEs. To me, metal health is just important as physical health as it is the foundation of our will to do things. As someone with panic disorder, I know what it’s like to be shaken up by panic episodes. Your actions and moods will be affected by your mental health which will end up affecting others and potentially hurting them in that process. It is important to check up on yourself and give yourself a break if you think you have hit “rock bottom” as things get better.”

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ALICE PALIOURA

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“Mental health should be considered just as important as physical health, without it there is no health at all, as it affects every aspect of our lives even uncounsciously! In the 21st century and especially the COVID and social media era, mental health problems should be finally destigmitized so that people feel free to ask for help when they need it.”

MELISA SHAFIEE

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“Hey, I’m Melisa! I’m currently a high school sophomore, and I adore writing, sociology, and psychology, but I’m horrible at math. Mental health means everything to me: I started as the “therapist” of my friend group, but eventually, I realized that I needed to take a step back, and take care of my own mental health first. Since that realization, I did all I could to learn more about mental health and how to properly take care of it- even though it can be a challenge. I hope to become an advocate for mental health in the future, and I’m excited to begin my journey through Revive. Every human deserves to thrive, and by educating others on the importance of mental health, then we can make that possible.”

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SAHANA GOVIND

EDITOR

Sahana Govind is a freshman from California. She enjoys reading, particularly fantasy novels, and is an aspiring writer. To her, mental health is something that isn’t talked about as much as it should be, especially in families with orthodox cultures. She is not trying to be racist or anything; she says this from experience. In her culture, they don’t talk about mental health a lot. She’s from India, and over there, mental health was never talked about in schools. Also, not many people even believed it existed over there. If you told someone you were sad, they would just say “it’s because of your phone” or something like that. She’s really lucky because her parents, unlike many other parents in India, understand that mental health is real, even though they don’t talk about it much. She has talked to them about her feelings before, and she’s felt really grateful for them, because unlike so many of her friends’ parents, they don’t chalk emotions up to irrelevant things like being on your phone too much. However, she realized that even the people who surround her (her friends) have families who will always view mental health as non-existent or unimportant. To her, mental health is something that has this meaningless stigma and she wants to help destigmatize it.

DANA LEE

EDITOR

Dana Lee has struggled with mental health her entire life and is open to discussing her issues and traumas. She suffers from a severe anxiety disorder as well as moderate depression that fluctuates by season. She also struggles with body dysmorphia and manic episodes. Throughout high school she allowed her mental illnesses to define her and incapsulate her personality, but she’s not only become more educated since that period of her life, but has also grown into someone who identifies her personality with kindness, generosity, and comedy. She was lucky enough to grow up in a home and community that was very accepting and open about mental illness, though she has friends who did not have such luck. To her, mental health is not about how fast you recover, but how you recover. It is about learning to live happily alongside it. It is about allowing yourself to be open and self-accepting in your lows, and celebrating your highs. Most importantly, it’s about appreciating how you live for others, and learning to live for yourself

MAAHI SHAH

EDITOR

Maahi Shah is in Grade 10 and a part of the SciTech program, and love to meet new people. Mental Health is really important. Though, there is not enough awareness about it and its consequences. People are not always aware of things they can do to improve their mental health, and not aware of the things that contribute to someone’s mental health.

SAMIA AHMED

EDITOR

Samia is a 21 year old Psychology student from India. She enjoys baking and reading fiction novels in her free time. She wants to work towards destigmatizing issues related to mental health and want them to get the equal level of importance and prioritization as our physical health. For example, in many parts of India, mental illnesses are still considered taboo and she believes that all of us together, can change that, around the world. Just because mental health is not visible, people are easy to dismiss them as things in your head only, but it is so much more than that. It can make or break a person’s entire life and she wants to make sure that the communities around her, and the people she loves are educated about mental health and we all collectively learn to make it a part of our usual conversations. which is a very important step to remove the stigma around it.

RUIJA (GRACE) WANG

EDITOR

“I am a sophomore in California. I want to major in psychology and political science. I hope to eventually become a therapist and help those struggling with their own mental illnesses. I come from a culture that heavily looks down upon mental health issues and I was shunned on when I was diagnosed for depression and anxiety. Many around me told me that I was just too sensitive and needed to sleep more. Luckily, my home and my friends have become more accepting of me. Through their growth and my own, I have seen the power that educating people holds. It really does save lives. I hope that by spreading awareness through Revive, I can help to destigmatize mental illnesses and empower people to talk about their mental health and seek help.”

LYNN WANJIKU

EDITOR

“mental health is a real thing even though most people don’t acknowledge it. I have struggled with it a lot and I know what it feels like to give up, cry yourself to sleep and have anxiety. We shouldn’t dismiss mental health because it is real and most people struggle with it.”

MARYAM SIDDIQUI

EDITOR

“I am 16 years old and in the Grade 11 International Baccalaureate Program which includes higher level classes for students. My favourite colour is black and I love to eat chocolate, ice cream and drink bubble tea. I love to talk and hangout with my friends and family as they are very significant parts in my life. One of my biggest dreams is to study abroad and travel to as many places as I can, so I’m working as hard as I can to be able to achieve those dreams. Working hard includes its own mental, physical and emotional struggles and as I have grown the last few years and the level of education has increased, the difficulty level has increased and my mental health is being impacted significantly. I’m working hard with my friends to help each other since we’re all going through mental health issues together, but alas everyone is different and there are some things I just struggle with on my own. In the Asian community, topics like mental health, depression, and anxiety are some of the many that aren’t touched on as much, so many of us are just taught to keep our emotions in and continue our lives like normal and we find our own methods to figure ourselves through our struggles. I want to be able to help others, regardless of their race, culture/religion, or gender, and myself that struggle with mental health and try to make it normalized to ask for help when a person needs it, if they can, instead of them being afraid, feel like they’ll be lesser than, and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health anywhere.”

ANGELA LIN

EDITOR

“Angela is a grade 10 student from Canada. She is a mental health advocate and has also continuously fought for societal issues like racial injustice, gender equality, the LBGTQ+ community, and more ever since she was educated on what they were. Having friends who have mental illnesses made her realize that mental health isn’t talked about enough. She knows people who are scared or don’t want to admit that they have a mental health illness because it makes them seem weak. There are also people who believe that mental health issues are used as excuses to not work properly or to take breaks. She wants to break the stigma around mental health and bring awareness to the fact that mental health is just as important as physical health is. When she is not fighting to make a better world, you can find her in a library, reading a book or writing a story.”

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EMMA JOHANNES

INTERVIEWER

Emma is a college student who has diagnosed anxiety and undiagnosed depression and ADHD. She tries spreading awareness and love wherever she goes, and would like to educate people more on mental health and how they can be better advocates for it, and for how they can better treat themselves so they can treat others better.

ZARA HASHIMI

INTERVIEWER

Zara is a senior in high school. She wants to major in political science and to minor in philosophy. Being a part of numerous organizations such as WikiMind as well as female empowerment groups and groups advocating for inclusion within the special needs community, she strives to make change in the world. She says, “it is unfair that others have to suffer for those that are simply unaware of their surroundings or ignorant of the negative stigma that surrounds mental health. I want to break it.”

IPSA DUTTA

INTERVIEWER

“I’m a junior in high school, and spend a lot of my time outside of school working with organizations to spread awareness on topics that are neglected in our society. Mental Health has a great deal of stigma built around it, and I think it’s about time to end the stigma, and start talking about this subject freely. Many people around us face Mental Heath issues, but are unable to communicate their feelings and everyone should be allowed to express how they feel, therefore, I believe we can do this by educating our society on the importance of Mental Health!”

MISHITA KAJA

INTERVIEWER

Mishita Kaja is a junior in high school. Mental health is important to her because there is a negative stereotype on the idea and should emphasized more in society. She has personally seen many people struggle with their mental health and want to bring a change and more awareness.

JOYCE HAI

INTERVIEWER

“My name is Joyce. I am from Beijing, but I currently study at a private school in Connecticut. I am a rising sophomore (class of 2023). I am especially interested in psychology and BioMed and hope to go into the medical field. I love to play volleyball and dance. Mental Health is an essential topic to discuss on. There are so many stereotypes while talking about it. I think we have to promote mental health more positively and teach everyone what it means to take care of themselves. I have personally struggled with my mental health, and at the time, I don’t understand the concept of depression and anxiety. I struggled with body image issues and eating disorders. Through social media, I learned about my mental illness and cured myself without help from a psychologist. I don’t think it is ok to go through an illness without outside help. Therefore, I would love to contribute and break the stigma of mental health stereotypes.”

SHIVANI DAVE

INTERVIEWER

“Hello, my name is Shivani and I am a sophomore in high school. I am a huge grandma because many of my hobbies include knitting, baking and making sure that everyone has enough to eat! To me, mental health is being confident, coping with the stresses of life and most importantly, being happy. My goal in this organization is to teach other about metal health, the good and the bad. Many people think that metal health is just instability and disorders but it is so much more. I am so excited to be on this team!”

ASHNA AHMED

INTERVIEWER

“Mental health is something that us humans can’t necessarily stop. When we feel sad, we feel sad. When we feel depressed, we feel depressed. When we feel anxious, we feel anxious. At these times, we feel like we’re all alone. But that’s not all mental health is. Mental health is a factor of good physical health and a happy life. Mental health is something that can change the mindset and our perspective on certain situations. Anxiety, depression, PTSD, and all of these disorders don’t define us, we’re way beyond what makes us feel small. Mental health is common and hopefully with the advocacy and services provided through this organization, we’ll be able to eliminate the stigma and taboo about mental health and normalize feeling sad and scared.”

KIMBERLY Lule Cervantes

INTERVIEWER

“Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Many people believe that children and teens don’t have mental illnesses but that is not true. Mental health is important to everyone, including childhood and teen years. Asking/getting help is the most important thing anyone can do for themselves.”

MEILING (COCO) JI

INTERVIEWER

“Hi! my name is Coco and I am a grade 8 student at St. Johns School! I live in Vancouver West, BC, Canada. My hobbies are playing piano, cello, and singing. I will be joining the mental health changemakers program! Some fun facts about me are I like making new friends from all over the world. I am a nice person and love helping others when they need it. I also like to explore the things that I am interested in. To me, mental health means to take care of myself and to focus on my body in general. I know that we all get stressed sometimes and the only way to go through it is to stop working and take a break and notice what’s happening in your body. Especially during this difficult time I want to help and talk to people who are really in need. This is why I joined Revive Org to help and meet new people.”

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SIMRAN JOHAL

RESEARCHER

“People are cruel when it comes to things as mental health; they think you’re seeking attention. There’s somewhat a negative connotation surrounding mental health and I don’t think that’s fair. People need help, my friends struggle with mental health and I’m in a position to help those who are victim to such cruelty from society and their peers. I want to destigmatize mental health, we are powerful and wonderful people.”

Monalisa Hait

RESEARCHER

“Hi! I am Monalisa and I am currently a sophomore in a high school in New Jersey. I love dancing, playing the piano, writing, singing, and most of all, I love helping people and working towards making society a better place. Mental health is such an important aspect of society and is at the root of many of the injustices we can see today. It is often a source of stigma which marginalizes people and stops them from doing what they love. It is so important that we come together and fight for systemic change that is so deeply rooted in our society and to work towards bettering the well-being of everyone, as mental health impacts everyone.”

MOHIBE TASNEEN

RESEARCHER

“Hi! My name is Mohibe Tasneem. I am a second year physiology and pharmacology student at the University of Saskatchewan. To describe myself I would say I have an instinctive personality in that I like do things on the fly and not question myself too much. As for my hobbies, I am a workout fanatic, sports enthusiast (watching and playing), and I l love to debate about politics/religion with my friends. Mental health is a very important characteristic of everyone’s life. It plays a vital role in one’s motivation, happiness, productivity, and so many other aspects. Mental health is a topic that is not discussed enough due to the stigma coming from different cultures, age groups, social media, etc. Therefore, the solution to this problem is raising awareness to the importance of mental health and creating outreach programs so that those who are suffering are not afraid to reach out and seek help.”

NUHA RUMAISHA

RESEARCHER

“As a person who experienced a lot of mental health ups and downs, the old me used to be scared to talk about that, but as time goes by, I finally realized that mental health means everything, not only for me, but for every person alive. Now, here is the person I am, I learned to be more open about the mental issues and encouraged to help people out there. Although I’m sure that not all people are comfortable to talk about that. But it is pretty much a basic yet important thing we have to care about.”

SUDEEKSHA DASARI

RESEARCHER

“Mental health was a struggle for me for a long time. I was not kind to myself and this made me a person with low self-confidence. Now, I love myself and I am getting better each day. I hope to show that through my presence in this organization, that you can do anything as long as you believe in yourself.”

ZERNE A. PERALTA

RESEARCHER

“I’m an open minded person and I love to learn new things and ideas. I’m the oldest out of three meaning stress has been my friend ever since the birth of my second sister. I like to read webtoons/books and watch anime/shows/YouTube, play with my little sister or my dog, and hangout with friends (if can). I’m severely interested with fountain pens, notebook, keyboards or anything essential as it makes me feel organized in some way. I’m a very honest person and can be relied on. Personally, I’ve struggled with mental health and in the environment I still am in doesn’t exactly help as it fluctuates between positive and negative but with the help of supportive friends, I am able to survive through it. Mental health is important to me as it determines how people act, feel, or think. I want to help people struggling with their mental health as no one should be suffer by themselves. In addition, spread the word that mental health is important for everybody no matter what age/gender/sexuality.”

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