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What's on Your Mind? with Ross Szabo
 
Grades:
9, 10, 11, 12
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"What's On Your Mind? with Ross Szabo" is available for online viewing via video streaming (below).

Ross Szabo, Director of Youth Outreach for the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign (nostigma.org), shares a powerful message of his own experience with mental illness during high school and college during an hour-long show "What's On Your Mind?"

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What's on Your Mind? Segment 1
09:52 minutes -- 25 MB -- requires Windows Media Player

"I buried myself up, put a barrier around me for so many years, didn't let anyone in. Now I'm starting to let them in, it's completely different." --Kathryn


Ross Szabo, Director of Youth Outreach for the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign (nostigma.org), talks about his own experience with mental illness. He provides facts about teens and mental illness, and why we need to break down the stereotypes.


"Some things that we as young people go through, we're afraid or we're embarrassed." --Jeremy


Teens describe their experiences with school, friends, family and feelings. Check out the student section at nostigma.org.




What's on Your Mind? Segment 2
01:17 minutes -- 3 MB -- requires Windows Media Player







What's on Your Mind? Segment 3
09:20 minutes -- 24 MB -- requires Windows Media Player

"It's pretty important to keep a certain reputation in the school." --Mae


Ross shares more of his story: his diagnosis of bipolar disorder, the manic highs and depressive lows, the psychosis, and his recovery.


"I have a lot of friends like that who I know they aren't telling people certain things that they should be telling them and then they're going and experimenting with drugs or drinking and sex, just to reach out and speak to people." --Kayla


Ross talks in depth about bipolar disorder, his thoughts about suicide and his hospitalization. Learn more about the symptoms of bipolar disorder in kids and teens.




What's on Your Mind? Segment 4
11:42 minutes -- 30 MB -- requires Windows Media Player







What's on Your Mind? Segment 5
05:50 minutes -- 15 MB -- requires Windows Media Player

"Sometimes they deny the fact that maybe their child isn't as perfect as they would like them to be and when they hear that he or she is having problems like that it can be pretty upsetting." --Matt


After Ross' hospitalization, he faced the stigma, myths, and stereotypes of mental illness. He lost friends, courageously told his story for the first time, and decided that to get through it, he needed to work on himself.


"If you can't talk to your parents, talk to your friends at least, cause they'll understand. And if they make fun of you for that decision - to go to them - then they're not your friends." --Mike


To be a survivor of the future, Ross chose to change the way he viewed himself and the negative ways he dealt with problems. He believes the best first step to working through problems is to talk about them. Talk to family, friends, teachers, or contact one of these organizations for help.




What's on Your Mind? Segment 6
04:51 minutes -- 12 MB -- requires Windows Media Player







What's on Your Mind? Segment 7
08:08 minutes -- 21 MB -- requires Windows Media Player

"But sometimes you feel like nobody else will understand or you feel like you shouldn't be as upset as you are over something, and that telling someone, it would make you more upset to see that they don't get it." --Amy


Ross talks more about how not talking about what was important to him almost killed him. Learn the warning signs and don't be afraid to talk about your feelings.



"Don't hide. Like you can't hide your feelings. You gotta let other people into your hearts and just let them feel what you're feeling." --Kathryn

Ross answers questions from the audience and explains how to help a friend with mental illness by learning and listening. Visit these sites for more good advice on how to help someone close to you:




What's on Your Mind? Segment 8
05:41 minutes -- 15 MB -- requires Windows Media Player



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Related Performance Indicators:
 
HPF1.C.HE1B
 Students demonstrate the necessary knowledge and skills to promote healthy development into adulthood.
 
HPF1.C.HE1C
 Students apply prevention and risk reduction strategies, which can delay the onset or reduce the risk of potential health problems into adulthood.
 
HPF1.C.HE1D
 Students evaluate how the multiple influences which affect health decisions and behaviors can be altered.
 
HPF2.C.HE1B
 Students evaluate personal and social skills, which contribute health and safety of self and others.
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