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Grade 11 Red Deer student launches magazine tackling teen mental health

Driven by her own struggles with mental health, Sophia Arnusch, a Grade 11 student from École Secondaire Notre Dame High School, self-published a magazine, Sophia Lia, which centres around teen mental health. (RDCRS photo)

RED DEER – Sophia Arnusch, a Grade 11 student from École Secondaire Notre Dame High School, has been making waves locally and internationally, through her self-published magazine, Sophia Lia, which centers around teen mental health.

Driven by her own struggles with mental health, Arnusch hopes her magazine, which debuted in August, will provide a community where middle and high school students can go to get advice on all things mental health-related including self-care tips, healthy living practices, and an email hotline called Sophia’s Hotline.

“Sophia has amazed us with the passion and professionalism she has put into creating such an engaging, informative and timely magazine,” said Principal, Rose McQuay at École Secondaire Notre Dame High School.

“Promoting positive mental health is always at the forefront and is even more critical with what our youth are experiencing in today’s world.”

Attracting attention from thousands of teenagers, community stakeholders, world-wide influencers, over 40,000 Instagram followers and celebrities such as Bethany Hamilton (who graced the cover of her first issue), Arnusch is striving to break the stigma around mental health and help normalize it.

Alberta Press staff

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