We Fight Celebrates Pride Month

June is Pride Month. I’ve learned a lot about the challenges our LGBTQ+ kids face from the JED Foundation. They recently wrote: “At JED, this means acknowledging the troubling data showing that the risk of suicide for LGBTQ+ youth is four times higher than it is for their non-LGBTQ+ peers; that risk is even greater inContinue reading “We Fight Celebrates Pride Month”

Got four minutes for We Fight today?

It’s been a hard week, We Fight, but if you have 4 minutes today, we need you. As our network continues to evolve and adapt, we need your feedback. So far, 16 network members have taken this short but sweet and very important survey. But we need more responses — at least 50. We’re committed, butContinue reading “Got four minutes for We Fight today?”

We Fight Spotlight: GT Area Children’s Garden

For this week’s Spotlight, We Fight chatted with Sarah Kuschell, Executive Director of the Grand Traverse Area (GTA) Children’s Garden! We Fight is thankful for the work that the GTA Children’s Garden does every day to get young people of all abilities involved with producing and appreciating their own healthy food, while building community. WeContinue reading “We Fight Spotlight: GT Area Children’s Garden”

A special night for youth mental health

We had a fantastic Polenta Night at Trattoria Stella last night. Thank you to Chef Myles, the amazing staff of Trattoria Stella, and to all those who helped us fill such a beautiful space in support of youth mental health in Traverse City. We are so grateful to everyone for their support of We Fight, andContinue reading “A special night for youth mental health”

We Fight Spotlight: Jen and Drew Tursman

This week, the We Fight Spotlight shines on Jen and Drew Tursman, two healthcare heroes who work to support TCAPS youth as substitute teachers in their spare time. We’re grateful for all the work done by the Tursmans! Hear more from them about why they chose to get involved as substitute teachers, and how it’sContinue reading “We Fight Spotlight: Jen and Drew Tursman”

Hope + Mental Health First Aid

Last week I had the opportunity to learn Mental Health First Aid from North Country Community Mental Health. Mental Health First Aid is help for a person experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid aims to: Preserve life when a person may be in danger to self or others Prevent the problem from becomingContinue reading “Hope + Mental Health First Aid”

Seeking and celebrating joy

We Fight Youth Team leader Will Unger, Gwen Urbain, and Alex Schwartz at the May 2, 2022 City Commission meeting, with TC Human Rights Commission member Jessica Forster, for the proclamation of Youth Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental Health Awareness Month began yesterday. A critical moment for northern Michigan. The pandemic has contributed to theContinue reading “Seeking and celebrating joy”