Why You Should Try Poetry (Reading or Writing!)

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.


You may feel like groaning when you hear the word “poetry.” It can be a very common reaction whenever the topic is brought up. Many people expect the whole genre of poetry to sound like old-timey famous poets like Emily Dickinson. However, poetry actually comes in many voices and forms, and it can help with mental health.

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Better Sleep, Better You

We recently had the chance to speak with Dr. Jessica C. Levenson again, a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She investigates techniques and intervention strategies that can improve adolescent sleep for overall well-being, both physically and mentally.

Last time we talked with Dr. Levenson, she answered the question, “What is Therapy?” and told us more about we can expect in therapy sessions. Here, we will be talking with her about why sleep is important and why we should try to get more of it. Continue reading Better Sleep, Better You

Ideas for the New Year

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.


It’s January 2019. It’s the start of a new year. And although I don’t believe a new year makes everything better, this is the year to help make your mental health better, whether big or small. So here are some ideas:

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Organizations for Mental Health and Youth Around the World

Everyone’s experience with mental health and how they handle it are different. This is especially true on a global scale: no two countries provide the exact same treatment and share the exact same stigmas and beliefs about mental health.

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Is Technology Use Really that Bad?

There’s a lot of back and forth about the impact of technology on people, particularly adolescents. Children and young adults are constantly connected to screens, and Generation Z (those born in between the mid-90s and early 2000s) are the first group to have Internet their entire lives. Continue reading Is Technology Use Really that Bad?