About Mary Albertoli...
A former clinical social worker determined to propose actionable solutions instead of detached labeling. Albertoli, who has a Master's degree in social work from Columbia University, has worked with children and adolescents for 12 years, in both individual and group settings with depression, PTSD, and suicidal and homicidal ideation. Her hands-on experience taught her that it was only through effective conversations about themselves and with each other that real growth and change took place.
" There's so much stigma around mental health, but the truth is not one of us is alone in struggling with something" said Albertoli. She started developing the idea for a docu-series called The Shift in the Spring of 2018 after being deeply affected by a headline about a 9-year-old girl's suicide. " I thought enough is enough. When did suicide become an option for young people?" She knew this was primarily due to a lack of dialogue about mental health. Young people were failing to bring language to their emotions and traumatic experiences and were often left to deal with haunting mental health issues alone.
The USC Media Institute for Social Change (USCMISC) at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts was first to get on board with the creators of The Shift. USCMISC will facilitate and produce aspects of the pilot episode on USC's campus by providing insight into recent student experiences with anxiety and depression, the first subject to be addressed by the docu-series.
" Mental well-being is a national crisis, and we've been hearing from students that there is a heightened concern about it. We are facilitating conversations to help talk about the things we, as a culture, are not talking about," said Michael Taylor, Executive Director of the Media Institute for Social Change at USC.
About Nhandi Craig...
Nhandi is a force to be reckoned with on many levels, ESPECIALLY in the music industry. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Nhandi continues to create her own lane as one of the most influential DJ's worldwide. She has performed for sold out stadium crowds at the Los Angeles Forum appearing with artists such as Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Drake, Chance the Rapper and Cardi B.
Combining her passion for music with awareness, Nhandi continues to speak on the importance of recognizing people for their talent and NOT overlooking individuals for how they identify. And being selected to speak on the Grammy X GLAAD panel with music artists of the LGBTQ+ community and its allies was a true highlight in her career. As her journey continues to be noticed by the Grammy Recording Academy, Nhandi has released her first produced self titled EP in June.
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