Equinox Youth Mental Health Collective (EYMHC) is a student-led, art therapy-inspired peer support group and youth art collective set to become a club this school year at Highland Park High School (Dallas, TX).
EYMHC aims to cultivate a creative space for students to connect with peers through the vulnerability of sharing and partaking in art, de-stigmatize mental health issues through genuine connection and support, and take an authentic look at self-worth separate from comparisons perpetuated by popular media. EYMHC's long term goal is to establish a peer support group model that can be reproduced at any high school.
Weekly support group meetings incorporating expressive art forms as a therapeutic outlet, centered around communication and peer connection.
Community wellness events organized throughout the year showcasing the work of young artists, encourage community bonding, and foster meaningful experiences rooted in art, culture, and personhood.
EQUINOX ART & LITERARY MAGAZINE
A new art and literary magazine open to all student submissions with themes pertaining to mental health, personal growth, or more abstract concepts.
I’m Jenny Deng, a high school junior from Chicago currently living in Texas. I’m passionate about mental health in youth and art as a form of self-expression, a tool for advocacy, and an instrument for both individual and community healing. Especially with the increasingly online interaction and political upheaval we have had to accommodate in the past couple of years, I wanted to create a student-accessible space to discuss mental health and support young artists.