On Thursday, Nov. 18, OPB’s daily radio show, “Think Out Loud®” will host a live, virtual conversation about how COVID-19 and other stressors are impacting the well-being of young people. The event is presented in partnership with Call to Mind — American Public Media’s mental health initiative — as part of the Well Beings Youth Mental Health Project and its Well Beings Tour. The tour is a national project led by public media organization WETA addressing youth mental health needs.

As educators struggle to maintain safe learning environments, many of the emotional effects of the pandemic linger. And for some, the stress of uncertainty is compounded by the overwhelm of the return to in-person learning and the weight of academic expectations. Add the larger concerns about climate change and the politically divisive atmosphere, and you get what could be called an anxious generation.

To discuss these effects, “Think Out Loud” host Dave Miller will lead a conversation with a local high school counselor, educators, high school students and others to explore how young people in Oregon are coping. We ask what’s making them feel anxious, how they deal with it, and how the individuals and institutions in their lives can support their resilience.

Audience members for this virtual event will have the opportunity to submit written questions and comments for the guests. The event will be recorded for broadcast on OPB Radio at a later date.

What: Call to Mind Live: How Youth Are Coping with Anxiety & Stress

When: Thursday, Nov. 18 at 4:30 p.m. PT

Where: Virtual gathering via Zoom and Facebook Live

How: This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required to join via Zoom. Register now at www.calltomindnow.com/opb.

Who: The event is presented by OPB and Call to Mind, as part of its Well Beings Youth Mental Health Project and its Well Beings Tour.

About Well Beings

Well Beings is a multi-platform, multi-year campaign from public media to address the critical health needs in America through original broadcast and digital content, engagement campaigns and impactful local events. The campaign begins with the Youth Mental Health Project, engaging youth voices to create a national conversation, raise awareness, address stigma and discrimination, and encourage compassion. Well Beings was created by WETA Washington, D.C., the flagship public media station in the nation’s capital, and brings together partners from across the country, including youth with lived experience of mental health challenges, families, caregivers, educators, medical and mental health professionals, social service agencies, private foundations, filmmakers, corporations and media sponsors, to create awareness and resources for better health and well-being. The public can join the conversation by using #WellBeings, visiting WellBeings.org, or following @WellBeingsOrg on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

Funding Support

Support for the WELL BEINGS YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT provided by Otsuka, Kaiser Permanente, Bank of America, Liberty Mutual Insurance, American Psychiatric Association Foundation, One Mind, Movember, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Dana Foundation, Dauten Family Foundation, The Hersh Foundation, Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission, John & Frances Von Schlegell, Sutter Health, Robina Riccitiello, and Jackson Family Enterprises.

National Engagement & Content Partners

Partners include PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs, WE Organization, National Council for Mental Wellbeing, Mental Health America, CALL TO MIND at American Public Media, PEOPLE, Forbes, The Steve Fund, and The Jed Foundation.

About Call to Mind

Call to Mind is an initiative to foster new conversations about mental health from American Public Media, the largest station-based public radio organization in the U.S., combining multi-regional station operations, national programming creation and distribution and innovative digital, social and mobile services in one organization. Using podcasts, news, events, partnerships and more, Call to Mind is bringing mental health conversations into the open, increasing public knowledge and engagement, to empower people to find the support they want and need. Learn more at calltomindnow.org or chime in on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using @calltomindnow.

About OPB

OPB is a leader in public media, serving diverse communities of the Northwest with fact-based, in-depth news and information about politics, the environment, science, arts, history, and cultures; business, education and more. Powered by the generous support of members, OPB seeks out a variety of voices in our communities and lifts up authentic stories of the people, places, events and issues of the region, providing context and a deeper understanding. OPB’s independent journalism and programs are available at opb.org, on OPB Radio and OPB TV. Follow OPB on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook.