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  • Posted on October 19th, 2019 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    Queer Eye’s Van Ness shares his truth to advocate for health

    LGBTQ+ advocate Jonathan Van Ness listed Peer Health Exchange as a recommended resource along with a recent WNYC interview discussing the release of his memoir Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love.  Though he’s best known for starring in the Emmy-winning Queer Eye series, Jonathan is also a vocal promoter for health access ...

  • Posted on July 18th, 2019 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    Peer Health Exchange joins coalition set on changing sex ed policy

    We are excited to announce that Peer Health Exchange NYC has joined the first cohort of the Sex Education Policy Action Council (SEPAC). Led by SIECUS, the Sex Education Policy Action Council is a brand-new initiative to build the power of state and local advocates actively working together to advance comprehensive sex education. In line ...

  • Posted on July 17th, 2019 by Peer Health Exchange Staff

    Chicago Board Member, Dr. Candice Norcott, Featured on Red Table Talk

    “It takes about seven tries for a girl to successfully leave her abuser for good. That statistic tells us how difficult it is often to pull away from these relationships,” said Dr. Candice Norcott, renowned clinical psychologist, and Peer Health Exchange Chicago Board Member. In case you missed it, Dr. Norcott was a featured ...

  • 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. ...

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