Guest: Jenny Jaffe
Funny, fearless and passionate are just a few of the words that describe Jenny Jaffe, comedy writer and founder of Project UROK - a nonprofit organization that is creating honest and frank videos for teenagers who are struggling with mental health issues, made by people who have been there before. Their message - You are not alone, you are okay!
These include actor and writer Wil Wheaton (Stand by Me, Star Trek, The Big Bang Theory) who shares his struggles with mental illness and depression, Mara Wilson who came to fame as a child actress in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire shares her struggle with anxiety, as well as gossip reporter Perez Hilton who struggled with panic attacks.
Jaffe herself dealt with extreme anxiety, OCD and suicidal thoughts as a teenager, one of the main drivers behind starting Project UROK and creating the support resources she wished she had had growing up.
For more information about Project UROK or to watch the many video testimonials, visit their website: www.projecturok.org
Host/Producer: Christina Jeurling Birro
Producer: Renee Viterstedt
Editor: Moa Larsson
Theme Song: Carl Borg
Jenny Jaffe is a New York-based comedy writer and performer whose credits include staff writing positions at CollegeHumor and MTV. She sold her first screenplay at age 19 and her work has been published on Vulture, xoJane, Bustle and the Washington Post. She holds a BFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.