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13 Reasons Why

What is the latest and greatest show around right now? 13 Reasons Why. Here we list the Reasons Why (corny but cute) we love this show!

1. Parents Vs. Teens

- We love the difference between parents and teens in this show. Most parents didn't have social media when they were in school, so they didn't witness how much social media can truly affect a young adults.

2. Talking

- Many suicides occur because people don't start talking. If we could get more young adults to talk to a therapist, their friends, or even family, they wouldn't feel as alone. You can always get through something with someone else, even though it may not feel like it.

3. The Power of a Picture

- The main character, Hannah, felt victimized and became depressed from a "sext" that circulated of her. She wasn't even naked, nor had she been having a sexual relationship with the boy, yet kids believed this one picture. It's hard to know what someone will do with a picture they take of you, but always keep your wits about you.

4. Where Will We Be in Five Years?

- 13 Reasons Why premiered at a perfect time, because parents and young adults are slowly beginning to realize how social media can truly make or break someone. But it also makes us think- where will this generation, and new generations, be in a few years from now?

5. Can You Stop It?

- The real question is can you prevent this to happening to someone you love? Do you know the symptoms? Do you know someone who you feel may do something like this?

If you do, please tell someone. Please alert someone you know, or sit down and talk to the person. You may not be able to help them, but you can tell them that you will always be there to listen. No problem or sadness is worth ending your life over.

Q&A with Libby Vilner

Libby Vilner is one of the coolest girls around the blog. Alexa met her at a Boston fashion event last year, and they reconnected earlier this year when Libby heard about M.I.N.T., and wanted to be a part of the magic.

Libby is passionate, dedicated and driven. She runs her website, Life with Libby, while attending grad school at BC. She's into health and wellness, which makes her a fantastic addition to our team. With her own spout of domestic violence, she brings in a new perspective to teens and mental health.

Welcome to the team, Libby!

What inspired you to start your blog, Life with Libby?

When I turned 17 I signed with Modeling Agency, and doing photoshoots, fashion shows and events, they put on so much makeup on you all the time and use all of these chemicals. One day my older brother asked me if I know what was truly within those products, and made me aware of how toxic it all is. I began to slowly learn more and therefore exchange my beauty and home products to non-toxic and organic ones. I thought to myself, if I wasn’t aware of how harmful these mainstream products are, so many other probably aren’t as well! I began my blog with a focus on raising awareness about this subject, and organic living in general. Organic living for me doesn’t just end with the products we use, it continues into the people we surround ourselves with and the life that we make for ourselves. Going through a rough childhood and teenage years, I also decided to share my story on my blog in the hopes of helping others who may have gone through similar things such as parental divorce, domestic violence, moving to a new country, and more. This is why I named my blog Life With Libby, because it focuses on wellbeing and life as a whole rather than just a portion.

  Why do you want to work with M.I.N.T.?

Being a social worker, I want to work with MINT because I am looking to make a difference, even the slightest one, in people’s lives. Through sharing my own experiences and using the knowledge I have from my masters in Social Work, I hope to inspire others to take control of their lives, to seek help, or simply to feel as though they are not alone. I wish that in my high school days someone that had gone through what I was going at the time came and spoke to us, it would have given me hope, motivation, and someone to go to for help.

What do you hope to accomplish while working with us?

I hope to connect, help, and inspire teens through my story and my knowledge in the field of social work. I hope to be a resource and safe outlet for teens who need it. I hope to bring awareness to taboo subjects, to clarify societal misunderstandings, and to provide a sense of community within each school we work with.

  What's the best advice you could give to teens who are feeling down about their body image?

I would say to be more skeptical about what they see in magazines, on screen, and social media. These days everyone has access to airbrushing, photo edits, and the famous have stylists, personal trainers, cosmetic surgeries, and other tricks. Also, your body is not everything that you are, we all obtain such talents, personalities, and accomplishments, be proud of those, shine bright like the diamonds that you are! Comparison get tricky, try to focus on being better than you are today rather than better than that person is that you’re comparing yourself to. Truth is, they are probably insecure too!

    Who has been your biggest inspiration? 

My biggest inspiration has been my mother. She always has been my guidance through this life, the person that has pushed my limits, that has set my boundaries, that has trusted me even in my worst, and that has never given up on me. She is a fighter and has gone through so many obstacles in her life as well, yet she still oozes kindness, happiness, and inspiration.