This is Normal: A podcast about youth mental health

This is Normal: A podcast about youth mental health
‘This is Normal’ is a podcast where young people …

‘I Want People To Understand That They’re Not Alone’
Mar 28, 2019 • 17 min
At a live event hosted by Marquette University and USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin, young people shared their perspectives on their own mental health struggles, and what is needed to address the issue. Panelists were Parker Adams, Amaii Collins, Alexandra…
Franki Moscato Has Been Bullied And Excluded. Now She Reaches Out Through Her Songs.
Mar 12, 2019 • 24 min
Franki Moscato started performing when she was just 11. Now 17, the Oshkosh teen is opening up about her struggles with bullying and depression ahead of a turn on ‘American Idol.’ Find Franki’s music at Read the story that goes with this…
She Lost Her Teen Daughter To Suicide. Now She Fights To Help Others.
Nov 12, 2018 • 16 min
Kris Cahak had 15 years, two months and six days with her daughter Morgan Peiper. Today, she works to fight mental health stigma and help others.
School Stress Led Him To Despair. Support From Family, Friends Brought Him Back.
Sep 25, 2018 • 18 min
Jose Morales was hospitalized last year after school stress led him to suicidal thoughts. He’s not alone; many teens say the stress of school weighs on their mental health. Jose’s family and friends helped bring him back. In this episode, we hear from him…
In Live Stories, Young People Tell How They Found Hope At Dark Times
Jun 26, 2018 • 27 min
In this bonus episode, we share stories told by young people at our live events across Wisconsin. In order, you’ll hear: Brenda Wesley, Nekita Krisko, Tina Sutherland, TJ Esser, Kaitlyn Akey, Jordan Palmieri and Kris Cahak. For more from our Kids in…
His Spoken Word Fights Mental Health Demons
May 1, 2018 • 17 min
Nick Becker’s dad died by suicide a few days before Nick turned 5 years old. He has only a few memories of him. But he knows his father struggled with bipolar disorder — the same disease Nick, now 25, has struggled with since he was a teenager. Today Nick…
‘Radical acceptance’ helps 12-year-old girl with Tourette’s syndrome, OCD
Apr 24, 2018 • 20 min
Jesse Pennington-Cross has Tourette’s syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder and depression. She’s 12 years old, and her family has struggled to find help for her, at one point trying an intensive behavioral modification program that involved having…
His Depression Told Him No One Cared. A Friend Showed Him That Wasn’t True.
Apr 17, 2018 • 17 min
Lunch was always the worst for Isaiah Donaldson when he was depressed. He lived in fear of not finding a place in the cafeteria. He knew he was struggling, but he didn’t want to bother his mom with it. Finally a friend reached out, and it changed his…
She Lost Her Cousin To Suicide. Now She’s Fighting For Youth Mental Health.
Apr 10, 2018 • 15 min
Erica Williams-Clark lost her cousin, Na’imah, to suicide in January 2017. She still thinks about her every day, and the loss has shaped her own decision to pursue a career in mental health.
How Haley Olson Made It To Mount Kilimanjaro
Apr 3, 2018 • 15 min
When she was 14, Haley Olson’s stepfather held her family at knifepoint. She’s dealt with PTSD and anxiety in the years since. But she’s also worked on healing, and connected with a youth group that took her all the way to Tanzania.
Life Felt Hopeless For Karlee Gross. Then She Got Help.
Mar 27, 2018 • 15 min
Karlee Gross experienced depression and anxiety attacks in high school, and attempted suicide. She got help that saved her life. Today she’s a high school senior, and she wants her story to help others.
Coming in March: This is Normal, a podcast about youth mental health
Feb 22, 2018 • 2 min
‘This is Normal’ is a podcast where young people talk about their own struggles with mental health challenges — and how they got through them. It’s important to talk about it, because you’re not alone, and things can get better. A production of USA TODAY…