Mental Health Matters ~ featuring short fiction by Izzy Lee, Aliyah Barnes, Anjali Shah, Maryam Akhtar Hussain, and Lorraine Ann Cleope Rebadulla

Trigger Warning: The following stories contain references to hopelessness, self-harm, loss, and suicide. Editor’s Note — Izzy, Aliyah, Anjali, Maryam, and Lorraine submitted stories to our May Writing Challenge. I was impressed by both their writing and the content, and it struck me that together they create a larger story– one of despair that, ultimately, […]

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Interview with Author Demetra Brodsky: The World of YA Lit and Writing Thrillers for Teens

Demetra Brodsky is the author behind the exciting, dark, and surprisingly funny new thriller Dive Smack, which releases on Tuesday, June 19th. Not only is Brodsky one of the most hilarious and down-to-earth authors I have had the chance of interviewing, but she is also very insightful, having plenty of advice for aspiring writers both young […]

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Can the Healing Begin in the Lunchroom?

Every teen who has committed a school shooting has the same basic needs: Food. Water. Shelter. And a friend. Every school kid shares these needs. A new iPhone? Good outfits? PS4 Pro? Nice, but not needed. That one single friend, though—that’s a desperate necessity. When kids feel unconnected and unloved, they’ll do anything to get […]

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I’m Still Here

As we draw towards the closing end of 2017, I’m proud to find our society, in general, becoming less stigmatized towards mental health issues. While we may have a long way to go, it is definitely heartening to see hope for the future. Mental health is a very important subject that is close to my […]

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