Jesse Tyler Ferguson
The Teen Truth Project is an organization dedicated to helping young people by showing them that they are not alone in their mental health struggles.
During the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdowns many young people, including me, felt lonely and isolated. We all struggled with mental health. We saw people largely through social media, people only showing their best, happy selves – not the truth about how they really feel. We felt shame and embarrassment over our struggles. During these difficult times, one of the only sources of comfort that I found came from athletes, celebrities and public figures who were brave enough to tell the truth about their experiences and their own struggles with mental health. Wanting to help other teens find that same comfort and support inspired me to start the Teen Truth Project.
The Teen Truth Project helps teens find role models who have experienced the same mental health challenges as they are experiencing. Young people can break free of their shame through understanding that they are not alone in their feelings and that even the people they admire the most share their struggles.
I’m Kellan King, a Junior at San Francisco University High School, and I founded the Teen Truth Project because I wanted to provide a resource to help teens like me get through the challenges of growing up. We are not alone. Many other people are going through similar difficulties. The truth is that everyone struggles. The truth is that we all feel isolation and embarrassment. The Teen Truth Project provides a space for us to tell each other our truths. Our truth can bring us together and set us free from our insecurities.