Through her mentoring and career nonprofit, Project 16, Lady Jade has heard first-hand the worries and anxieties that teens are feeling. The past twelve months have brought a global pandemic that effected school routines and social norms, as well as a new awareness of racial inequalities. Teenagers, especially Black teenagers, are finding themselves in the center of every social shift, but often don’t have the tools they need to manage the change in a healthy way.
To meet this need, Project 16 has launched a new initiative called Time to Talk, which is offering teens six free sessions with licensed practical counselors. We asked Lady Jade about the process she took in sharing her own mental health journey, and what it means to cover the cost of mental healthcare for these students.