Breakout Facilitator at the 2017 Teen Wellness Conference
Healthy Habits: How to Be Well
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Storytelling for Change
C0-facilitator: Annabelle Gardner
Stories are powerful. They build connections, change perspectives, and can even spark a social movement. In the realm of mental health, strategic storytelling can help end stigma towards mental illness, empower young people to seek help, and improve local and statewide mental health policies and programs for youth. At the ‘Storytelling for Change’ breakout session, participants will learn strategic storytelling techniques and how to use stories in local and statewide advocacy to promote youth wellness. As part of the workshop, youth advocates will share how telling their story has changed not only their lives, but also made a difference in their communities.
Chloe Sorensen is a summer intern at Young Minds Advocacy who recently graduated from Gunn High School in Palo Alto and will attend Stanford University in the fall. Following the suicide of one of her peers in November 2014, she co-founded the Gunn Student Wellness Committee, with the intention of increasing awareness for mental health issues and resources. Chloe has also advocated for increased recognition of student voice within the school, district, and greater community. More recently, she has worked with Lucile Packard Children's Hospital to raise more than $3 million for adolescent mental health services. Her biggest dream is for all young people to have easy access to mental health care, as well as the ability to seek help without fear of judgment.