YouTube's #DearMe Campaign Gives Advice to Teens in an Unexpected Way

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In honor of International Women’s Day on Sunday, YouTube launched a campaign called “#DearMe” where the site's stars created videos dedicated to their younger selves and shared advice they wish they’d been given when they were teens.

Participants in the campaign tackle a number of different issues that your teens may be currently facing such as bullying, mental health, and body confidence. Sometimes, the most helpful advice comes from people who have shared similar experiences and survived them. While women created many of the videos in honor of the holiday, many of the the issues addressed are relevant to male teens as well.

You can watch the campaign video here:

One of the best #DearMe videos comes from the Buzzfeed writer, Allison Raskin. She shares her journey living with an early diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and depression. She cites her parents as the driving force in her recovery. About 11 percent of adolescents have a depressive disorder by age 18, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

Watch Raskin’s #DearMe video here:

Search for different #DearMe videos on Youtube and share them with your teens. The inspiration and advice may just help them get through a tough time.

For more about teen's mental health, check out the "We Have Depression" story from the November/December 2014 issue of Choices magazine. Choices is a health, well-being, and life skills resource for middle and high school students.