Self-Compassion, Social Intelligence + Lifesavers in Support of Youth Mental Health in Northern Michigan

Earlier this month, We Fight, a self-organizing network of people who care, hosted Elevate Northern Michigan #2: A Mental Health Summit Series for Young Leaders — and Those Who Love Them. Elevate Northern Michigan aims to boost knowledge, shift attitudes, decrease stigma and build support for a Northern Michigan where everyone plays a role in protectingContinue reading “Self-Compassion, Social Intelligence + Lifesavers in Support of Youth Mental Health in Northern Michigan”

Meg Mertaugh-Graber to Speak at Elevate Northern Michigan Mental Health Summit

We Fight is excited to have Megan Mertaugh-Graber speak at our next youth mental health summit on November 1st at the Northwestern Michigan College. Here’s more about Meg in her own words: I was born and raised in Traverse City, Michigan, on Anishinaabe land known as Northern Michigan to settler colonial people. I am anContinue reading “Meg Mertaugh-Graber to Speak at Elevate Northern Michigan Mental Health Summit”

We Fight Spotlight: Stay Well from the State of Michigan

At We Fight, we’re always aiming to put the Spotlight on resources that our members have found useful. With peer groups, workshops for identifying the signs of mental health struggle in teens, and more, Stay Well from the State of Michigan has certainly helped many We Fight members. Erin Wallace, Stay Well’s Project Manager, talkedContinue reading “We Fight Spotlight: Stay Well from the State of Michigan”

This local youth mental health story was published a year ago today

On August 8th, 2021, this story ran on the cover of the Traverse City Record-Eagle. One year later, have we made progress toward a northern Michigan where everyone plays a role in protecting our kids’ mental health? What’s going well? What isn’t? How can a self-organizing network of people who care like We Fight make a difference? HowContinue reading “This local youth mental health story was published a year ago today”

Teens. Outside. In the Woods.

The science is solid – we’re happier, healthier, and more creative when we’re off the couch, off the screen, and outside with friends. I’m stoked that We Fight is teaming up with the City of Traverse City’s Human Rights Commission to host a series of summertime hikes for our young leaders – and future leaders. The hikesContinue reading “Teens. Outside. In the Woods.”

Learning skills to better protect Traverse City kids

Last December, a small group of people came together to form We Fight – a self-organizing, citizen-led network guided by the Surgeon General’s recent youth mental health advisory. We Fight is focused on three things: Elevating and lifting youth voice Boosting knowledge and learning Building support and connecting In collaboration with local experts, We Fight’s new Elevate Northern MichiganContinue reading “Learning skills to better protect Traverse City kids”

A summit for our young leaders – and those who love them

On behalf of the entire We Fight network, I’m excited to announce that we will be launching our community summit series – “Elevate Northern Michigan: A Youth Mental Health Summit for Young Leaders – and Those Who Love Them” on Tuesday, August 9th. Elevate Northern Michigan is a quarterly summit series focused on boosting knowledge,Continue reading “A summit for our young leaders – and those who love them”

We Fight Leadership Spotlight: Ian McGurn, President-Elect

For this week’s Spotlight, We Fight chatted with one of our stellar We Fight leadership team members, our leadership president-elect Ian McGurn. In addition to his work on the leadership team, Ian is a driving force behind our upcoming Elevate Northern Michigan summit, and as a teacher at Central High School, Ian encourages his studentsContinue reading “We Fight Leadership Spotlight: Ian McGurn, President-Elect”

Your chance to advocate for healthy and healing schools

Over the past two years, we’ve seen how decisions in education shape the lives of our young people and their families. We’ve seen that the community provided by a school can be a mechanism of support for students struggling with their mental health. That’s why we believe in the Michigan Education Justice Coalition‘s goal of “healthyContinue reading “Your chance to advocate for healthy and healing schools”

We Fight Leadership Spotlight: Stephanie Rorich Slawnik, Social Chair

For this week’s Spotlight, We Fight chatted with a driving force behind all we do here — We Fight leadership team member and Social Chair, Stephanie Rorich Slawnik. Stephanie, a founding member of We Fight, runs our weekly Saturday social meet-ups, and spearheads all of the events that make We Fight a community. We’re immenselyContinue reading “We Fight Leadership Spotlight: Stephanie Rorich Slawnik, Social Chair”