7 out of 10 Young people Say
Mental Health Is Weighing Them Down.

THAT'S WHY JANSPORT CREATED #LIGHTENTHELOAD,
A NEW MISSION TO CONNECT PEOPLE WITH REAL TOOLS
TO UNPACK THE MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS.


Strength Through Sharing

WE ASKED YOUNG PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO GIVE US A GLIMPSE INTO
THEIR MENTAL HEALTH JOURNEY AND HOW THEY #LIGHTENTHELOAD BY SHARING.
WATCH THE VIDEOS BELOW TO HEAR SOME OF THEIR UNSCRIPTED STORIES.


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Lighten The Load Live is a series of live conversations with real therapists who we've asked to unpack some of our most pressing mental health questions. Find our upcoming topics and archived episodes below and don't forget to follow @JanSport on Instagram to tune in live!


Meet Our Experts

Nedra Tawwab

Nedra Tawwab

Nedra is known for serving a big smile and mental health know-how to thousands on IG. Check her out at @nedtratawwab

Matthew Dempsey

Matthew Dempsey

Matt uses his platform to unpack sexuality, culture, confidence, and everything in between. Look him up at @mjdempseypsych

Whitney Goodman

Whitney Goodman

Whitney has been blessing our feeds with psychology wisdom for years. For more information on Whitney check her out at @sitwithwhit


Perspective From The Pros

Missed one of our #LIGHTENTHELOAD live sessions? No worries!
We're archiving the highlights so you can soak up this mental health knowledge anytime you like.

Whitney Goodman 05/06

Isolation

Matthew Dempsey 05/13

Compassion Fatigue

Whitney Goodman 05/20

Uncertainty

Nedra Tawwab 05/27

Family Relationships


Facts About The Crisis


Need Some Knowledge?

Curious about mental health? Here are some basics you should know.

Talking To a Friend About Mental Health Can Be Hard.


Here are some tips on how to start a conversation.




  • Keep it casual.

  • Relax: think of it as a chill chat, not a therapy session.

  • Listen up. Let them take the lead.

  • Avoid offering advice or trying to solve their problem.

  • Let them know it’s ok to feel the way they do.

  • Make yourself available. Be the friend they can rely on.

  • Ask open ended questions. Help them to talk, not just say “yes” or “no”.

  • Let them open up at their own speed.

  • Don’t demand answers or force them to say anything they’re not ready to.

  • Encourage them to talk to an expert.

  • Tell them you won’t ever judge them.

  • Let them know this won’t change how you feel about them.

Adapted from Siezetheawkward.org

Finding The Right Therapist Isn't Always Easy.


Here are some questions you should ask during your search.




  • Is the therapist licenced?

  • Does your insurance cover that therapist? Are there any costs to you?

  • How many sessions does your insurance cover?

  • Does the therapist practice evidence-based treatment for your issue? (Treatment that has been formally tested and found to be effective.)

  • Is the therapist experienced in treating what you’re concerned with? Do they have experience treating people like you (your age, background, etc.)

  • What’s the therapist’s location and availability?

  • What will a session look like? What is the structure?

  • How long are the sessions?

Adapted from the American Psychological Association

If It's An Emergency And You And
A Friend Needs Urgent Help, Call 911.


If you or a friend is in crisis you can always get help through the Crisis Text Line by texting “HOME” to 741741



Or through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-8255. Both are free to use and confidential.

Want To Help Make The World A
Healthier Place For Our Minds?


Search and see if there are any organizations in your area, at your school, or online that you could help out with! Here are a few we’ve found.




ACTIVE MINDS

A student-run mental health organization with chapters at over 550 schools!


NAMIwalks

A nation-wide fundraising event that supports local mental health initiatives.


REACH OUT TO A REPRESENTATIVE!

Programs that support mental health in our communities often require government funding. Reach out to a local representative and let them know you support mental health programs.


Want To Help Make The World A
Healthier Place For Our Minds?


Search and see if there are any organizations in your area, at your school, or online that you could help out with! Here are a few we’ve found.




ACTIVE MINDS

A student-run mental health organization with chapters at over 550 schools!


NAMIwalks

A nation-wide fundraising event that supports local mental health initiatives.


REACH OUT TO A REPRESENTATIVE!

Programs that support mental health in our communities often require government funding. Reach out to a local representative and let them know you support mental health programs.


If It's An Emergency And You And
A Friend Needs Urgent Help, Call 911.


If you or a friend is in crisis you can always get help through the Crisis Text Line by texting “HOME” to 741741



Or through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-8255. Both are free to use and confidential.


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