At SOVA Project, we’ve really been falling in love with Brene Brown! In her book, Daring Greatly, Brene says:
“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”
We’ve been trying to be courageous here at SOVA Project and we hope these small efforts are helping us move forward in a positive way!
Here are some of the recent ways we’ve let ourselves be seen:
- Talked about the ways adolescents use social media in positive and negative ways at the 2017 Services for Teens at Risk (STAR-Center) Conference; Presentation available here
- Presented this workshop also at the First-Ever NAMI Keystone PA Mental Health and Wellness Conference and at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Grand Rounds
- Presented our work on SOVA at the Pediatric Academic Societies conference in San Francisco – we shared how the young people participating in the SOVA study had high baseline levels of aspects of positive youth development including caring and an increase in connection and competence
We are happy to announce that our first SOVA paper will be published soon in the Journal of Technology in Human Services!
We had a great deal of fun participating in and being interviewed for the Reel Teens of Pittsburgh’s documentary on mental health stigma, featuring the Allegheny County Department of Human Services Stand Together program – who we have really enjoyed learning more and more about this year and hope to continue to work with. It was so inspiring for us to participate in advocating for mental health in the midst of positive, insightful, and motivated young people!
If you haven’t seen it, check out the video here below and learn more about the great award-winning work Stand Together does:
This past year, we’ve welcomed several new team members, including:
Cassandra Long, LSW our new moderator and main research assistant and Sharanya Bandla our new computer student who is also an undergraduate student at University of Pittsburgh. Also over the summer, Leah Wasser is a recently graduated student from Slippery Rock who is doing an excellent summer internship with us focused on reviewing the role of the moderator in online support groups – and helping us set up and create videos for our You Tube channel!
Here is a picture of Cassandra sharing our work with attendees at the recent NAMI conference on child mental health:
Don’t forget – SOVA and wiseSOVA have public blogposts you can read and share with anyone! If a young person or parent wants to log-on to comment, that is when they enter our study which currently is just observing how often they use the site and whether or not/what they comment – so feel free to share SOVA widely!
Stay tuned for more SOVA updates in the upcoming months and let us know if you have questions or feedback for us!