Youth Breaking The Silence On Depression

Nov. 21, 2014 / By and

[Editorial Note: About 11 percent of adolescents have a depressive disorder by age 18 according to the National Institute of Mental Health. On Sat., Nov., 15 600 local residents attended the WE Connect Healthcare Fair in Long Beach. VoiceWaves interviewed several young people at the event regarding their own experiences with depression. Their stories were highlighted in the video above.]

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Michael Lozano

Michael Lozano

Michael is an editor and multimedia journalist born to Mexican parents who started their own Domestic Violence counseling center in Southeast Los Angeles. For the past 6 years, his mentorship has provided youth opportunities to share their stories online, on NPR, KCET, the Long Beach Post, and other national websites. His articles have been syndicated and translated into multiple languages via New America Media and ImpreMedia, the nation’s largest Spanish-language news publisher. He was recently a fellow with UCLA's Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies. Michael graduated from CSULB in 2011 with research honors in Sociology and a Journalism minor.
Suzan Al-Shammari

Suzan Al-Shammari

Suzan Al-Shammari is a graduate of Wilson High. She is originally from Iraq. She immigrated to the U.S in 2010. She speaks fluent Arabic and English. She believes that everyone has the right to speak their mind without being judged. She is a big fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald and hopes to one day reach her dream of becoming a Publicist.