WE NEED TO TALK

As teens in Orange County, we need to start talking to one another. And not just about our interests. We need to start talking about real life. This is a beautiful place we call home, but it is filled with stress and pressure and no one is talking about it. As if being a teen wasn’t already hard enough – we are under so much pressure to be perfect and to excel in everything we do – but the weight and stress of it all is sometimes too much. With high school, homework, sports, extra-curricular activities and trying to balance that with friends and the things we love, it’s hard for us to even find the time and energy to just be ourselves, and it’s even harder to admit it when we’re struggling to manage it all.

So yeah. We really need to talk, and that’s why we’re here.
We’re Strength in Numbers and we’re here to start a conversation.

WHO WE ARE

We are a group of high school students in Orange County and our goal is to connect with each other, opening up the lines of communication and encouraging our peers to share real-life experiences so that we can work together to dismantle the pressure of perfection in our community, destigmatize the conversation about mental health and learn healthy ways of coping with the stress of being a teenager.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

Whatever you’re going through, you are not alone. Many of us feel a similar pressure to be perfect. But this pressure for perfection is not sustainable and the perfection is not real. We are all struggling to cope in different ways and we’re here to share some of our stories so that we can all learn to open up, talk about our mental health and share healthy coping mechanisms with our peers.

STRESS & ANXIETY

5 VIDEOS / 36 COMMENTS / 77

THE PRESSURE OF PERFECTION

3 VIDEOS / 104 COMMENTS / 200

DEPRESSION

2 VIDEOS / 25 COMMENTS / 46

PEER PRESSURE

4 VIDEOS / 18 COMMENTS / 124

SMASH PERFECTION

DON’T BE FAKE

Nobody likes fake. But believe it or not, everyone all around us is pretending that things are picture perfect when they’re really not. This perception we all have that everything around us is perfect is a total lie and we want to talk about it.

CONNECT. SHARE. INSPIRE.

@strengthinnumbers_oc

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