Young adults are facing a mental health epidemic in the United States, and the new Science of Grief Podcast from WDET, Detroit’s NPR Station and MSU’s Science Gallery Detroit (SGD) is addressing the problem head-on through conversations with young people and mental health experts. The first episode will be published June 2, and available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher.

The 10-episode podcast series makes space for young adults to share stories, science and solutions for those who are exploring their grief and mental health.

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed teens into social isolation, disrupted their social lives, caused missed milestones like graduation and even taken the lives of loved ones. Anxiety and depression are on the rise. According to a CDC survey from June 2020, 25% of young adults reported that they had seriously considered suicide in the last year.

Inspired by a highly successful public program created by Science Gallery Detroit, “Science of Grief” will create community and provide resources for young adults experiencing grief, trauma, anxiety, and depression, helping listeners to better understand their mental health and provide strategies to work through it.

Hosted by acclaimed poet and SGD Community Engagement Manager Natasha T. Miller, and featuring a production team that includes six SGD Mediators between the ages of 15 and 25 as producers, “Science of Grief” will put the voices and stories of young adults front and center.

The Science of Grief podcast is a collaboration between WDET and Science Gallery Detroit, and is supported by The Children’s Foundation of Michigan, MSUFCU and Science Sandbox.

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