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Re:Frame of Mind

Re:Frame of Mind is a new podcast about teen mental health in northern Michigan, made by high school students from the Youth Wellness Initiative in collaboration with Interlochen Public Radio.

The podcast is the culmination of a multi-phase student-led project hosted by the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation with support from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.

In Phase 1, students worked with market researcher Woody Smith of Avenue ISR and project coordinator Dr. Ashley Drake to develop an in-depth anonymous survey to assess the current state of teen mental health in northern Michigan and to better understand their mental health needs.

In total, the YWI Students gathered survey results from 530 high schoolers across 20 schools and five counties.

YWI students then analyzed their collected data, synthesized their key findings, and developed a list of 11 recommendations for schools, policymakers, community leaders, and youth-focused organizations to consider.

To share their findings and recommendations more broadly, in Phase 2 of the project YWI students worked with podcast producer Juliet Hinely to develop a 5-episode podcast series to dig into some of the big questions that came up along the way:

- Why is mental health education important and where should it come from?

- Why is high school so stressful and what could make it better?

- Why are students hesitant to seek help and what could help alleviate their anxiety?

- Why is nature and exercise good for us and how can it be more incorporated into a school day?

- What is a “chill room” and how do they benefit students and schools?

The student producers from the Youth Wellness Initiative are Payshence Bruce, Ellen Grams, Jürgen Griswold, Ella Kirkwood, Eva Lawson, Bobbie Paalman, and Lauren Tkach.

Re:Frame of Mind is a new podcast series from the Youth Wellness Initiative made in collaboration with Interlochen Public Radio. The Youth Wellness Initiative is hosted by the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation and supported by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.

Latest Episodes
  • Jürgen Griswold, a high school student from the Youth Wellness Initiative, gives a tour of his school’s “chill room” and interviews fellow students and his school guidance counselor Jessica Pletcher to ask: What is a “chill room”? And how do they benefit students and schools?Re:Frame of Mind is a new podcast series from the Youth Wellness Initiative made in collaboration with Interlochen Public Radio. The Youth Wellness Initiative is hosted by the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation and supported by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.
  • Ella Kirkwood, a high school student from the Youth Wellness Initiative, interviews physical education teacher Doug Gle and Nature Programs Director Rachel Straughen to ask: Why are nature and exercise good for mental health? And how can they be more incorporated into school days?Re:Frame of Mind is a new podcast series from the Youth Wellness Initiative made in collaboration with Interlochen Public Radio. The Youth Wellness Initiative is hosted by the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation and supported by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.
  • Ellen Grams, a high school student from the Youth Wellness Initiative, interviews fellow students and her school principal and guidance counselor to ask: Why are students hesitant to seek help? And what could make it easier?Re:Frame of Mind is a new podcast series from the Youth Wellness Initiative made in collaboration with Interlochen Public Radio. The Youth Wellness Initiative is hosted by the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation and supported by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.
  • Payshence Bruce and Bobbie Paalman, high schoolers from the Youth Wellness Initiative, interview fellow students and their school principal to ask: Why is high school so stressful? And what could make it better?Re:Frame of Mind is a new podcast series from the Youth Wellness Initiative made in collaboration with Interlochen Public Radio. The Youth Wellness Initiative is hosted by the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation and supported by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.
  • Eva Lawson and Lauren Tkach, high schoolers from the Youth Wellness Initiative, interview their biology teacher, Marek Ulicny, and Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist, Sharon Neumann, to ask: Why is mental health education important? And where should it come from?Re:Frame of Mind is a new podcast series from the Youth Wellness Initiative made in collaboration with Interlochen Public Radio. The Youth Wellness Initiative is hosted by the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation and supported by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.
  • Re:Frame of Mind is a podcast about teen mental health in northern Michigan, made by high school students from the Youth Wellness Initiative in collaboration with Interlochen Public Radio.