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The pandemic disrupted the lives of students throughout the world. Research continues to show that they continue to struggle with their mental health and feel disconnected from teachers, family and their peers. The mental health crisis prior to covid-19 is now a mental health pandemic. Outside the Box is here to help.
Welcome to Outside the Box! Founded by journalist and educator Dr. Janeane Bernstein In 2019, Janeane embarked on a new journey when she became a published author. Her first book Get the Funk Out - %^&* Happens, What to Do Next! GTFO is based on her radio show, Get the Funk Out! started in 2011 after the tragic loss of her childhood friend, and the loss of her father to cancer.
In 2020, she started Outside the Box, a mental health initiative for those struggling in the pandemic. This now includes the podcast, events and resources for mental health. Her movement is intended to inspire you to become the best version of yourself, as she will teach you the importance of emotional regulation, kindness, and compassion for yourself and others. Her mission for the movement is to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. The goal is to create a safe and open space to welcome conversations around trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, among many other challenges we all experience.
In the podcast, she gets candid about her own struggles as she touches on topics within education, mindfulness, health and wellness, and so much more. The driving force is a commitment to breaking boundaries of social norms, apathy, and facilitating on-going conversations about real issues people struggle with each and every day.
Through interviews with people from all walks of life, Janeane strives to create sustainable, societal change, especially for struggling college students. Guests in the series include people from all parts of the world who tell their experiences and tips surrounding mental health. Some are public figures from music, pop culture, and entertainment and others, experts in mental health, emotional intelligence, psychology and wellness. Episodes are available on YouTube, Apple and Spotify.
OUTSIDE THE BOX was created to help people affected by COVID-19. Everyone has had to reimagine their life, but knowing what to do next is the challenge. We all know that feeling created through a conversation when you see a new path illuminated, a potential pivot to something new and different, a boost to your self-esteem and a road to optimism.
Staying optimistic can be a daily challenge and some do not have the insight and connections to stay positive about their futures. Talking about mental health, resilience, current social issues, and self-care strategies is an essential part of creating life-long wellness routines. The power of connection and kindness to ourselves and others has never been more imperative.
Everything changed in 2020 and today's students and adults are tremendously impacted by the pandemic. There has never been a more important time to talk about what it means to become a better human, the power of creativity, and how to build resilience and life skills.We created the OTB podcast to spread awareness and compassion for those who struggle with their mental health, and to boost compassion and positivity.
Janeane Bernstein is a journalist, speaker, and radio host/producer at KUCI 88.9fm, and host of the new series, OUTSIDE THE BOX. She earned a doctorate from Boston University in Educational Media & Technology from the Curriculum and Teaching program and graduated from Syracuse University with her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Education & Communications. She is a 2021 Columbia University Journalism Fellow for the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center & Columbia Journalism.
In 2019, her first book, GET THE FUNK OUT, %^&* Happens, What to Do Next! was published by Post Hill Press, distributed by Simon & Schuster and Audible.com. The book is about creating resilience and strength through life’s curveballs, and knowing what to focus on when you find yourself in a tough place.
In May 2020, Janeane launched a new on-line series called OUTSIDE THE BOX. In response to the millions of people out of work, she features industry experts offering advice on how to find work remotely or pivot to a new venture; this also includes a mentoring series for high school and college students to make meaningful connections, receive guidance on finding opportunities, and to increase positivity and improve mental health.
She currently speaks to students and adults about finding resilience in challenging times, making mental, physical, and emotional health a priority, finding meaning and purpose, and the power of creativity.
There has never been a better time to think OUTSIDE THE BOX.