More than 7 out of 10 young people say mental health issues are weighing them down

That’s why JanSport created #LightenTheLoad, a new mission to connect you with tools and resources to support your mental health.

#Lightentheload Resources

National Suicide
Prevention Hotline

Call 1-800-8255

Call 1-800-8255

Mental Health
Support at College

Active Minds

Active Minds

Social Action for
Mental Health

Do Something


LGBTQIA+ Support

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project

Mental Health Support
for All Identities

Inclusive Therapists

Inclusive Therapists

National Alliance on
Mental Illness (NAMI)

Visit Nami

Visit Nami

Jansport & teenager therapy

For May, JanSport is partnering with Teenager Therapy in an ongoing mission to support mental wellness and to #LightenTheLoad. Join us and Teenager Therapy for four Comfort Calls and POV Sessions each Sunday in May to chat live on the topics of self-esteem, isolation, compassion fatigue and family. Head to our Instagram for streaming and call details.

Listen now

Listen Now

Group of friends

Strength Through Sharing

We asked young people across the country to talk a bit about their mental health journeys and how they #LightenTheLoad by sharing. Here are their unscripted stories.


Labeling Anxiety & Depression


Neglecting Emotions


Opening Up To Family

Hear from the therapists

Lighten the Load Live on IG features live conversations with real therapists who help unpack some of our biggest mental health questions. Watch our episodes here, or find them on JanSport’s IGTV.

Whitney Goodman


Matthew Dempsey

Compassion Fatigue

Whitney Goodman


Nedra Tawwab

Family Relationships

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