In episode 1 of our WGN podcast series On Social Health and Change, we discuss the deep problems with the U.S.’s current juvenile justice system and the great potential of investing in restorative justice programs.
I was able to reach Corey before his plans for vengeance took shape. Sadly, too many kids like Corey never get a chance to heal the pain they encounter and accumulate. They can range from being “problem children” to gang members. But in almost every case the heart of the matter is the same. These kids are hurting.
“One of the ways to reduce stigma is to stop being silent about it…because, when we don’t talk about things, we inadvertently send the message that it’s something to feel shameful about.”
“For those young minds who are struggling with acceptance or inclusion, they turn to the leaders to determine how they should behave or how they should interact with these other individuals.”
Our professors discuss the pitfalls for aspiring athletes, including traumatic brain injury, exploitation by colleges, and adapting aggressive attitudes toward women.
“Because they’re part of the culture—and a lot of these coaches were probably the star on their high school teams, the ones being recruited—they don’t really see a problem with it.”
“Any kind of stress management program is going to help with this wide array of health outcomes—not just with mental health outcomes, like depression and anxiety, but with physical health outcomes like high blood pressure, heart disease and infectious disease.”
In Episode 8, we discuss how advocating for public policy focused on social justice can change our environment, communities and individual lives for the better.