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  • Posted on September 5th, 2018 by Philister Sidigu

    Suicide Prevention Month—a reminder it’s okay to ask for help

    September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, especially among young people. According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, the majority of children and adolescents who attempt suicide have a significant mental health disorder, usually depression. National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month is a time ...

  • Posted on August 23rd, 2018 by Philister Sidigu

    4 videos that remind us consent is necessary for good sex

    At Peer Health Exchange we define consent as choosing freely to do something—a clear “yes” at every step of sexual activity. Below are four videos about consent: what it means, how to know you have it, and when you don’t. All of these videos remind us that sex is about respect, communication, and honesty. ...

  • Posted on June 28th, 2018 by Philister Sidigu

    Three takeaways from “Health Equity: Equipping Educators to Take Action”

    Educators provide information and resources to young people every day, and for many, these resources are relevant to the well-being and health of their students. Peer Health Exchange’s Dr. Angela Glymph, and Lisa Walker, recently published a paper addressing the important role educators play in achieving health equity. Below are three takeaways from “Health ...

  • Posted on June 12th, 2018 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    Q&A with Dior Vargas

    Portrait after portrait in Dior Vargas’ People of Color and Mental Illness Photo Project showcases a person, their name and a statement written on a piece of paper. There is beauty in the diversity represented. In some photographs  folks are smiling. In others they pose seriously, but they all hold up a sign saying, “I ...

  • Posted on May 17th, 2018 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    The normalization of binge drinking supports unhealthy behavior

        “On Fridays, I teach a class of freshman girls at Lake View High School about healthy decision-making as a peer health educator for Peer Health Exchange. We address topics like sexual assault, alcohol abuse, and healthy communication. Being a peer health educator is one of my favorite activities on this campus, but ...

  • Posted on May 15th, 2018 by Philister Sidigu

    Finding the right therapist—Q&A with Dr. Esme Shaller

    Asking for help is a sign of strength. In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we talked with Esme Shaller, Ph.D. (who works at Peer Health Exchange’s college partner UC Berkeley) about the benefits of seeking support, and how to find the right therapist for you. Our interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. ...

  • Posted on April 24th, 2018 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    Young voices are needed during Sexual Assault Awareness Month

    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. At Peer Health Exchange, we believe that we all play a role in showing up for young people. This month—and every month—is an important time to learn how sexual violence affects young people and what we can each do to help prevent it.  A member of Peer Health ...

  • Posted on March 13th, 2018 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    National School Walkout—A few mindful tips

    A National School Walkout is planned for March 14 at 10 a.m. local time. Looking for ways to support and show up for young people? Read below for a few mindful tips. Thousands of young people across the country will participate in a National School Walk Out tomorrow—March 14—marking one month since the tragic ...

  • Posted on March 8th, 2018 by Adriana Díaz

    Q&A with Nurx’s Jessica Horwitz

    In case you missed it, Peer Health Exchange launched a pilot partnership with Nurx last month to increase sexual healthcare access to our Los Angeles area college campuses! Through April 15, more than 200 of our volunteers are spreading the word on Nurx’s services to empower their peers to make positive sexual health choices.  ...

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