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Cleveland woman discusses mental health advice for teens in new national podcast

The podcast can also be produced by Mayfield Heights native Halle Petro.

CLEVELAND — “Individuals say ‘you are too delicate,’ however I am not too delicate. I simply attempt to normalize the place I am from, the place it is like in the event you’re going by way of one thing you retain it to your self.”

That is a part of what you will hear in the event you tune into the model new “We Bought You” podcast, produced by TRAX, a non-profit media firm.

The podcast, hosted by Samantha Logan who performs “Olivia Baker” within the common Netflix sequence All American, shares recommendation from older youngsters and younger adults to youthful teenagers and youngsters in an effort to point out them they don’t seem to be alone. 18-year-old Jayla VanHorn of Cleveland says that notion has gotten her by way of the worst occasions in her life.

“Once I was youthful I skilled bullying. As I obtained older, that is once I started to self-isolate, as a result of I used to be at all times a shy child,” she says.

VanHorn grew up with a tough hand dealt in her life. She didn’t have a dad rising up, and her mom handled extreme melancholy. College was her secure haven, till fifth grade, the place she was sexually assaulted by one other pupil. That secure place was shattered. 

VanHorn says she started in charge herself and have become moody. She additionally felt remoted, like nobody else would perceive what occurred to her. She developed a dysfunction in highschool referred to as trichotillomania, the place she pulled out her hair to deal with stress. She remembers a photograph from the Boys and Ladies Membership of Northeast Ohio’s Cleveland Cavaliers finals celebration, the place she is lacking a complete eyebrow from pulling out the hairs.

“We Bought You” is precisely what VanHorn needs she had in again then. 

 “I began to appreciate issues had been getting unhealthy once I was in highschool. You realize, in highschool you’ve gotten loads occurring with faculty and work, and I used to be additionally taking school programs on the time as effectively,” she says.

“I positively would have advised myself it may be OK, there may be a lot extra to sit up for in life.”

She is featured on the newest episode, giving recommendation about not being alone and methods to discuss to somebody when one thing is unsuitable. VanHorn additionally holds a giant title to her title because the Boys and Ladies Membership of Northeast Ohio’s Youth of the Yr. She can also be doing effectively at school as a freshman at The Ohio State College.

You may take heed to the podcast from Spotify beneath. We Bought You may as well be heard the place ever you get your podcasts.


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