A Radio 101 Series

Mental health challenges can be difficult to define and diagnose. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, even before the COVID-19 pandemic, one in three high school students reported experiencing persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness. By 2019, the American Academy of Pediatrics had listed suicide as the second leading cause of death among youth aged 10 to 24. When the pandemic forced us to isolate, these feelings of anxiety and depression got even worse. We asked students to share with us ways in which the pandemic had affected them. These are some of the responses:

At the beginning of the school year, the Radio 101 class at R.J. Reynolds high school was tasked to look into the issue of teen mental health. Through research, interviewing local and national experts in the subject, and surveying over 1,600 students in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school district, Dispatches from Within was born. This series of stories looks into some of the biggest issues affecting teens’ mental health nowadays: lack of equitable access to resources, perceived pressures from society, school shootings, self-worth, and substance use to just name a few. The series is also accompanied by artwork inspired by these themes from local high school students.

 

7:28am Dec 20, 2021
Youth Youth Health & Safety

Dispatches From Within: I'm fat, I'm ugly, and I'm stupid

WFDD's Radio 101 has chosen to use only the first initial of the student in the following story due to the sensitive subject matter and to protect the students' privacy.

7:55am Dec 13, 2021
Youth Youth Health & Safety

Dispatches From Within: You should be happy

WFDD's Radio 101 has chosen to use initials in the following story due to the sensitive subject matter and to protect the students' privacy.

4:59pm Dec 22, 2021
Student Journalists Student Journalists

Dispatches From Within: The one-hour special

At the beginning of the school year, the Radio 101 class at R.J. Reynolds high school was tasked to look into the issue of teen mental health.