Art and Healing

The SOVA Project is happy to feature this blog post written by one in our team of fantastic SOVA Ambassadors—these are young people who help create meaningful blog posts from adolescents’ perspectives.


In her book The Artist’s WayJulia Cameron states that humans are naturally creative beings – we have an innate desire to express ourselves and seek beauty in our surroundings. Visual art, music, literature, and performances have been a part of the human experience for thousands of years, and they offer incredible benefits for both creators and consumers. Art therapy has been used in mental health treatment because it gives patients a medium for expressing the thoughts and emotions that might be hard to verbalize, and it allows them to discover new things about themselves. Continue reading Art and Healing

QPOC and Social Media

The social media boom over the past few years has given a space for minority and marginalized groups – especially young people – to diversify their social networks. For those who feel like the people they usually talk to face-to-face aren’t diverse or simply don’t understand what they’re going through, the Internet and social media are ways for them to find those who are similar to them and feel that they are not alone in their identity. Continue reading QPOC and Social Media

A Hobby to Help with Bad Feelings

The SOVA Project is happy to feature this blog post written by one in our team of fantastic SOVA Ambassadors—these are young people who help create meaningful blog posts from adolescents’ perspectives.


Everyone has their outlet to getting stress out. For many, it’s exercise. For others, it’s music. But my suggestion is entirely different. Based off my personal experience, I suggest genealogy. Continue reading A Hobby to Help with Bad Feelings

Providing Mental Health Services

More than 1 in 7 kids in the US between the ages of 6 and 18 (7.7 million children, to be exact) have a mental health disorder as of 2016, and nearly half of them are not getting treatment. Mental health issues, if not addressed while still young, can result in detrimental physical, social, and worsening mental health consequences, and difficulties transitioning into adulthood.

Unfortunately, this is not something new. Continue reading Providing Mental Health Services

Once Upon a Sad, Sad Girl

The SOVA Project is happy to feature this blog post written by one in our team of fantastic SOVA Ambassadors—these are young people who help create meaningful blog posts from adolescents’ perspectives.


Oh once upon a time,

There was a sad, sad girl

Too scared of heights to climb

As wind and thoughts would whirl.

She thought to let life pass

Was not a waste at all

For if you speak in class,

You can’t shrink quite as small

Continue reading Once Upon a Sad, Sad Girl

A Great Opportunity to Talk

The SOVA Project is happy to feature this blog post written by one in our team of fantastic SOVA Ambassadors—these are young people who help create meaningful blog posts from adolescents’ perspectives.


As someone who has suffered from depression and anxiety for all of my life, I know how difficult it can be to talk about your problems without there being a stigma surrounding it. And, I know in high school, it’s super difficult to balance school work and social life and other responsibilities when also having to carry these problems with you. So, I want to do something about it.

Continue reading A Great Opportunity to Talk

Why do so many people participate in social media challenges?

Last week, we talked about the Momo Challenge how it made sense that some parents were concerned about it. Even though it was a hoax, many feared that people online were taking advantage about how often children and adolescents use the Internet to an extreme.

Continue reading Why do so many people participate in social media challenges?

The Right and Wrong Times to Open Up

The SOVA Project is happy to feature this blog post written by one in our team of fantastic SOVA Ambassadors—these are young people who help create meaningful blog posts from adolescents’ perspectives.


I have made a big change in the past few months. I have limited how often I vent to people and also who I vent to. Up until recently, I was an open book to quite a few friends. As soon as I would start feeling down, I would pick up my phone and shoot them a text to let them know how I was feeling. I worked on impulse, and never took a second to consider the consequences of it. Continue reading The Right and Wrong Times to Open Up

What do Adolescents Think about Their Mental Health?

As rates in adolescent mental illnesses have risen, the question also arises: are teens and young adults aware of this situation? These are the youths being diagnosed and showing symptoms of mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety, but do they think it’s something that only affects them as individuals, or are they noticing these patterns with their peers? What do adolescents consider to be the main problems with their age group?   Continue reading What do Adolescents Think about Their Mental Health?