JED Storytelling

Sharing stories is a powerful way to reduce shame, prejudice, and secrecy, and inspire us to be proactive about our mental health.

When we see that other people are going through the same things, or have overcome similar struggles, it helps us feel less alone and share our story with people we trust so we can get help.

JED has two video series that help shine a personal light on mental health.

JED Voices features intimate conversations with notable and influential mental health advocates who talk about what mental health means to them.

JED Storytellers features personal experiences of real people who’ve struggled with their mental health.

Featured JED Voices Video

Ant Clemons started his career writing songs for rent. But after years of hard work, resilience, and prayer, he’s become a professional singer and songwriter, collaborating with artists like Ty Dolla $ign, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Childish Gambino, Justin Timberlake, and more. Ant sits down with Dave Bellevue to share his story of overcoming adversity.

Featured JED Storyteller Video

Lisa Hao opens up about when she first experienced suicidal thoughts and how her friends recognized her despair and got her the help she needed before it was too late.

More Stories of Resilience

JED has a vast library of videos with stories of overcoming adversity and building resilience, from experts and celebrities to everyday young people. You’re sure to find one or more that inspire and empower you.

Check out the full JED Storytelling Library

More Voices of Resilience

Everyone has a voice. Sometimes we need to hear a certain message at a certain time from a certain person for it to resonate. That’s why JED has a library of videos from our JED Voices series to help you feel less alone.

Check out the full JED Voices Library

Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health

This initiative, a partnership between six leading mental health advocacy organizations, encourages people across America to use their voice in support of mental health. Be Vocal aims to empower adults living with mental health conditions to speak up when talking with their professional support team and to speak up as a community to advance mental health in America.

Learn to Be Vocal

Guide to Mental Health Storytelling

The Mental Health Media Guide, spearheaded by MTV/Viacom and developed by a coalition of mental health experts, leaders from mental health organizations, and a broad range of creative, production, and business professionals from media and entertainment companies, is a groundbreaking, comprehensive resource for content creators. Designed to help expand positive mental health portrayals, this interactive tool includes best practices and evidence-based recommendations to support storytellers with an eye towards representing diverse communities.

Access the guide
Get Help Now

If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone right now, text HOME to 741-741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for a free confidential conversation with a trained counselor 24/7. 

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, text or call 988.

If this is a medical emergency or if there is immediate danger of harm, call 911 and explain that you need support for a mental health crisis.