C89.5 & Seattle Children’s Present: Coping 101

A student-led podcast destigmatizing mental health

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Coping 101 is presented by C89.5 in partnership with Seattle Children’s, producing monthly student-led podcasts that destigmatize a range of mental health topics from a teen’s perspective. No matter our age or background we all face challenges, and there are healthy ways to cope.

Explore the topics below to stream more youth-hosted episodes, along with education and resources provided by our partners at Seattle Children’s.

“Many of the beliefs we form as children [about the world and ourSELVEs] we carry on into our adulthood, and they manifest in different ways, and they can really influence where we’re gonna end up… The earlier we can help our kids gain an emotional IQ, the better off we will ALL be.”

In this episode we’re joined by Sondra Vasquez, the Program Manager for Compass Health’s Child and Family Clinic in Smokey Point, Washington. With over more than a decade as a therapist and clinical social worker, Sondra’s on a mission to deliver better behavioral healthcare services to youth and their families, fostering better mental health in our communities. 

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“As artist Yasiin Bey said, ‘the arts are something we forget we need, until we need them.’ In this episode of Artist Mental Health Stories we’re joined by one of Seattle’s cultural thought leaders James Miles, fondly known as the Fresh Professor. Miles is an Assistant Professor at Seattle University and former Executive Director of Third Stone, the nonprofit known for reviving the Bumbershoot Arts and Music Festival in 2023 to widespread acclaim. James has worked internationally as an artist and educator, and was inspired to foment change after seeing so many children who looked like him being disregarded and treated like criminals by our educational systems. James sits with Nathan Hale High School Junior Gavin to discuss his evolution from accountant, to actor, to professor and cultural activist using “arts as a tool to navigate the systems of educational inequity.”



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Click HERE to download Where to Turn for Teens – a comprehensive resource guide created by Teen Link specifically for youth who are seeking personal empowerment with the support of others.

What does an active retirement look like to you? At 80 years young, Wally Webster II sees his retirement as merely an excuse to dive deeper into his community and take on social issues for the group who needs it most: youth. “We’re finding that a number of youth are committing crimes with weapons, hate crimes, as well as self-harm, like suicide, because they’re having some mental health challenges,” said Wally Webster II, Founder of The ACCESS Project who has lived in the community of Lynnwood, WA for 46 years. “I see it, and I’m just concerned about it and decided to pool the community together to do something. Our strategy is to bring together (social + mental health) organizations to provide these services. And The ACCESS project is not intended to duplicate any organization. We directly don’t provide mental health services, we are connectors.

“Historically and systemically women of color aren’t represented,” says Olympia Edwards, Founder and CEO of Project Girl mentoring program, which . “Here we’re providing a space where their life story and their life journey doesn’t have to be what society thinks of them. It doesn’t have to be a struggle. They’re entitled to a comfortable life; they’re entitled to a fruitful life. We’re trying to change that narrative and that’s why it’s important for Project Girl to be here.” While working with teens in crises shelters, Olympia noticed a lot of the girls she helped, lacked coping skills and a safe community space. “I gotta do something,” she told herself. AND SHE DID.

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