Young Elder, a 19-year-old musician and activist from Baltimore, Maryland, is working to heal her city from community trauma. She has seen first-hand how violence and racism have impacted both individuals and her entire community. . These events can cause a collective scar and have long-standing negative consequences on physical, mental, and emotional health. As the youngest member of Baltimore’s Trauma-Informed Care Task Force, Young Elder is part of a novel movement in the United States to heal trauma. She first shared her story in the This Is My Brave, Inc. (TIMB) 2021 National Teen Show. Watch her amazing rap performance here.
If you or someone you love is struggling with their mental health because of trauma and / or violence, help is available. Text STORY to 741741 to be connected with a crisis counselor at Crisis Text Line, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
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Season 1 of Our Turn to Talk is produced by Principle Pictures in partnership with This Is My Brave, Inc.. The podcast includes content from the WETA Well Beings Youth Mental Health Project. This season is made possible by generous donations from The Hershey Company, Janssen, Rose-Marie van Otterloo, The Risa Fund, and a dedicated anonymous donor.
Special thanks to our clinical advisors Kyaien O. Conner, PhD, LSW, MPH and Tammy George, MSW, LCSW. Theme music by Merel & Tony. Additional music by Anthony Barilla.