In partnership with UCSF’s Center for Vulnerable Populations, Youth Radio’s Health & Wellness Department Interns went on a photo walking tour around downtown Oakland to answer the question: Where is health happening in our community?
By: Dani T.
A lot of people define crazy as talking to yourself or dealing with paranoia, but that’s just a stereotype. Schizophrenia is a hereditary mental disorder that causes delusions, hallucinations, and paranoia. Schizophrenia can happen to both men and women, and begin as early in toddlers or later on in adulthood. In women, Schizophrenia is less likely to affect their childhood. Signs and symptoms would appear later on in their teenage years or in adulthood. Schizophrenia in men is more severe with the complications of the disorder. Schizophrenic people may come off as normal individuals, however once you start having a conversation with them you might even label them as insane. What a lot of people doesn’t know is that, these people aren’t crazy. They just have difficulties with trying to live a normal life like others around them.
By: Kavon J.
This past weekend I attended a local conference, Generation Waking Up Leadership Training, hosted by United Roots Oakland. The conference was rich with information and innovative ideas on how the participants can apply our dreams to transforming our world to be more sustainable. We focused on topics such as social justice, healthy living, social entrepreneurship, creative problem-solving, effective planning and more. After attending this conference, my future goals are much more clearer, I have developed a better understanding of my gifts, and I have a stronger support system. The different gifts I have to offer that wasn't as clear as they are now are:
By: Darcell H.
Youth violence refers to harmful acts that begin early and continue into young adulthood. These acts vary from bullying-- which causes more emotional harm than physical harm-- to assault or robbery, with or without weapons. When an act of violence occurs, is usually the youth who suffer the most. I’ve seen it happen so many times. Something simple like a fight at school, turns into a shooting and a young adult is injured or killed, and it almost never ends there. The victim, their friends, or their family will retaliate nine times out of ten, and the cycle of violence will repeat itself. Everyone focuses on the injured or killed, but few actually pay attention to how the close friends and family of the victim are affected by the whole situation.
By Dani T.
Emotions running wild, crazy thoughts, heart racing, sweaty palms and you know you’re afraid of being who you are. You’re afraid of showing emotion, of expressing yourself. You’re afraid of showing how you really feel because you are worried that people are going to judge you and mistreat you. You feel as if the world is going to turn on you and you’re going to end up alone. You don’t want to be alone. You see people bursting with laughter every moment of their life and you think, “Man why can’t I be like them? Why isn’t my life filled with joy and happiness? Am I depressed?” Or maybe you’re just having a bad day, but it seems like everyday turns out to be the worst day.
By Shakon M.
There are many issues affecting young people that adults either don’t know about or choose to avoid. To me, it seems like every other day a young man or woman is locked up or has been killed in Oakland. In juvenile hall or dead, because of what? Many may ask why some youth become violent and use guns.
By Eva D.
I can’t do this right now. Recently, I’ve been catching myself say that line all throughout the day.
Yesterday, I had a final in my Government class and a five page essay due, and then a final in my AP Environmental Science class. After my finals I came straight to work until 6:30 and after that I went home to study for the rest of my finals. By the time I got home, I was so exhausted that I sat with my math review in front of my eyes for about an hour without even trying one problem. This is called senioritis. My days have been a lot like this for a while now, and I keep telling myself I need to change something so that my life doesn’t continue on like this because I am beyond stressed out. Time management and priority setting is very challenging for me, and for a lot of my friends too.
by: Deana M.
My point of view on a lot has changed after watching Fruitvale Station. I personally feel like what Oscar Grant went through is horrible, just imagining what his family went through is so emotional. I honestly feel like us youths should have a say so in how things happen … like I feel us as teens go through the most with so many young people dying that we know, or just know of.
by: Deja D.
Watching Fruitvale Station changed my outlook on police. For the worse. My biggest issue with the police is their "profiling." I already think they do unnecessary things when it comes down to the color of a person’s skin, how a person is dressed, or how they look.
Police are supposed to keep peace and order, and ultimately, keep everyone safe. However, more than often, police are starting to hurt people. And their reason? Because some fee as if they can just do whatever they want.
by: Jojo G.
The happiest moment in a women, men, and family life is being pregnant and knowing the fact that you're about to be a mother. One thing about being pregnant is that you have to maintain a proper healthy body and eat right so the baby can be healthy and strong.