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It’s not just the depression all teenagers feel, it’s the fear of violence and the sense that school doesn’t offer a haven that leads to a sense of belonging. These are the findings of a new survey on mental health conducted by kids who talked with 6,000 other kids in 7 of LA’s toughest high schools.

Producers:
Karen Radziner
Dan Konecky

Main Topic Depression in South LA Schools

A survey of 6,000 kids at 7 of LA’s inner city high schools reveal symptoms of what professionals call “clinical depression” largely due to a fear of violence. It shows that the schools don’t provide a sense of belonging and that kids don’t think they’re getting the preparation they’re entitled to. A group called South Central Youth Empowered Thru Action deployed students to talk with each other.

Guests:
Cheryl Grills, Chair of Psychology Department, Loyola Marymount
Jasmine Robottom, Student at Manual Arts High School, member of SCYEA
Mark Gonzales, Social Studies Teacher at Jordan High School
Joshua Kaufman, Psychiatric Social Worker with LAUSD school mental health services unit

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