As far as I’m concerned, one of the coolest and most helpful news organizations in the country — and probably even on the planet — is The Mash.
It’s guided by experienced journalists working for the Tribune Co., and written mostly by students. The Mash produces news for teenagers living in metro Chicago. Each Thursday during the school year, 100,000 copies of this free paper are distributed to students enrolled in Chicago Public Schools and select private schools and suburban campuses. But hey, read it even if you don’t live in and around the Windy City.
To Mash readers, I’m known as “Dr. T.” Each week, I field questions from students wanting advice about how to deal healthily with all sorts of things — including relationships with their parents, friends and love interests; the stress of completing school work and college applications; and common adolescent mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression.
In fact, here I am speaking with some of The Mash’s student journalists about how teens are affected by it.
Got a question about mental health? Feel free to contact me through this website. I welcome hearing from you.