Malcolm X once described watching a family member struggle with mental health like “trying to walk up the side of a hill of feathers.” This is a struggle common to many folks of color. July is National Minority Mental Health Month and at Peer Health Exchange Boston we show up for and support young people of color—and their mental health—year round.
Millions of young people, particularly young people of color and LGBTQ+ youth, struggle with depression, anxiety, and trauma on a daily basis. Young people are resilient but they often face systemic barriers that make them more vulnerable to mental health conditions. One of those barriers is the lack of access to inclusive and affirming health information and resources to speak to the lived experiences of young people from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Peer Health Exchange seeks to bridge this gap, and in Boston, we’ve grown to provide our trauma-informed, skills-based health curriculum to more than 3,100 young people a year. We work alongside college volunteers to ensure our health workshops are truly inclusive of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, gender identities and sexual orientations, medically accurate and age-appropriate.
Our work is far from done. Please join us to make sure that your community, your schools, and your family show up for and support young people of color and young people from marginalized identities.
Boston Executive Director
Watching the news these days, I often feel paralyzed. There are times I’m unsure of what to say, or if it’s my place to say anything at all. But then I remember that the work we do at Peer Health Exchange—showing up for young people—compels me to speak out and act.
When I first learned about the thousands of children currently being detained at the U.S.-Mexico border, I thought about my own small sons and all that it takes for children to develop. Working in health education, I know that trauma and toxic stress in young children can affect healthy brain development and have lasting effects long into adulthood.
There are many young people already in this country that live daily with the fear of separation and deportation. The future of these children—at the border and in our communities—will impact us all, and I urge you to consider how these violent policies are creating a public and mental health crisis that will affect all of us for generations to come.
Peer Health Exchange believes that every young person deserves to live a long, healthy life, and we urge you to join us in showing up for them.
Co-Founder and CEO
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- Peer Health Exchange Senior Director of Marketing and Communications Adriana Díaz recently joined Taylor Nolan and Kitt Bender on the podcast Lets Talk About It.
- Executive Director Danya Rosen was selected among 40 civic-minded leaders for Leadership Greater Chicago (LGC)’s 2019 class of fellows.
- Volunteer Meena Natarajan from The City College of New York discussed her experiences as a health educator in this article by The Campus.
- California State University at Northridge Volunteer Maria Ariana Conechado consulted on set with producers of AwesomenessTV during the filming of this pilot segment of ‘Sex Ed on the Streets’ on The Gabbie Show.
- New York Executive Director Rachael Peters was featured in the article The talk: how New York is handling sex ed by Fernanda Nunes of City and State Magazine.
- Volunteer Ruby Phillips from Northwestern University wrote an op-ed about the effects of binge drinking for The Daily Northwestern.
- Peer Health Exchange was mentioned in this New York Daily News article about mentoring at Hunter College—a longtime partner of Peer Health Exchange New York.
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