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Jack Quaid and Project UROK unite for Mental Health

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Written by: Jason Stewart
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unnamedThe battle against depression and other mental health concerns is as fierce as any fought in the streets of Panem. It’s for this reason that Hunger Games actor, Jack Quaid and Project UROK have joined forces to raise the awareness of fandom everywhere about these important issues.

Throughout The Hunger Games series, many characters deal with mental illness. Katniss’ mother lives with depression, Haymitch struggles with addiction, Peeta becomes dissociated from reality, and Katniss struggles with PTSD following her time in the arena. Yet throughout the series, there seem to be no mental health resources available. In Panem’s poorest districts, people who need quality mental health services are forced to go without. Sadly, this injustice isn’t limited to dystopian fiction. In the real world, many people go without mental health services because of economic inequality.

Project UROK is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create funny, meaningful videos for teenagers struggling with mental health issues, made by people who have been there before. Founded by Jenny Jaffe (CollegeHumor), the site officially launched in April of 2015 and features a variety of honest, funny and relatable videos from young adults recounting their struggles with mental health. Project UROK ultimately strives to be an interactive, all-encompassing source of teen mental health resources, encouraging users to upload their own videos and share their experiences on the site’s message boards.
Find out more about Project UROK’s mission and message at: projecturok.org



About the Author

Jason Stewart

Jason Malcolm Stewart is a Northern California-based author, journalist and public relations/marketing professional. He holds degrees in Political Science and Comparative Religion, but can have a conversation without starting a small war. When he’s not writing or reading, J. Malcolm spends his weekends talking about how to avoid being in a real-life horror movie.
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