NOTE: ALL CONTRIBUTIONS WILL GO DIRECTLY TOWARD UNDERWRITING THE POST PRODUCTION COSTS AND STATEWIDE DISTRIBUTION OF THIS IMPORTANT LEARNING TOOL TO SCHOOLS, LIBRARIES AND COMMUNITY GROUPS THROUGHOUT DELAWARE.
Project Description - What About Our Kids? - an Educational Media Tool for Delaware Communities
Parents, Teachers, Primary Care and Mental Health practitioners, and even Law Enforcement agencies are coming face-to-face with a mental health crisis impacting adolescents in our communities. Young people are demonstrating an increase in anxiety, depression, self harm and in some cases suicidal ideation. The onset of the pandemic and subsequent quarantine exacerbated young people’s feelings of loneliness. The omnipresent impact of “always on” technology has led to sleep deprivation, identified as a critical for developing teens. Recent Pew research observes, “dramatic shifts in youth behaviors, attitudes and lifestyles – both positive and concerning – for those who are coming of age in this era.” The Mayo Clinic reports that the unmonitored adolescent screen time of poor-quality programming contributes to obesity, behavioral problems, delays in language and social skills development, attention problems, less time learning and even violence. But is technology the only factor fueling this crisis? What About Our Kids? will ask a diverse group of teens how they are coping with the fallout from the pandemic, elements like active shooter drills in schools, and interactions with popular, ubiquitous social media platforms.
How is the adolescent mental health crisis presenting in Delaware? Is the impact different among white, Black, Hispanic and LGBTQ youth? Are our Schools, Emergency Rooms and Hospitals equipped to respond to mental health emergencies? What can be done? How can parents, caregivers, educators, and even our leaders help?
With emphasis on fostering resilience, What About Our Kids? will utilize participating experts to offer information on the complex changes in brain and body that adolescents undergo. They will provide research on the impact of technology and social media, and they will share therapeutic responses that can help adults to help our kids navigate challenges of growing up in 2023+. Our goal is always to provide useful information contributed by qualified practitioners from our communities…offered to inform, inspire, and empower viewers.
About Serviam Media, Inc.
Mission: Serviam Media, Inc., DBA Hearts and Minds Film, is engaged in the production of noncommercial, educational media projects designed to inform, inspire and empower diverse audiences in Delaware.
Programs are screened at our colleges and universities, in Libraries, Schools and Community Centers; they are widely shared on social media platforms. Subjects range from History and the Arts...to Education, Criminal Justice, The Environment, Health and more. Programs feature the faces, voices and expertise of Delawareans throughout the state. They foster discussion and civic involvement.
20 years after its founding in 2002, Serviam Media. Inc. DBA, Hearts and Minds Film, is now a more modest enterprise focused on fueling the production of a feature length documentary project annually, in concert with TELEDUCTION. In 2020, Art For Life profiled the work of Delaware's Poets Laureate, The Twin Poets, to combat underachievement and violence through the arts...in 2021/22 (COVID) United We Are Dreaming looked at the lives and circumstances of Delaware's Dreamers, undocumented Hispanic adults brought to the US as small children, and in 2023, What About Our Kids? will offer insight into and recommendations for combatting the adolescent mental health crisis impacting Delaware's (and America's) teens, toward the goal of fostering resilience.