Project Oyster

Project Oyster

Welcome to Project Oyster! Relatable stories that form emotional connections. Our goal is to destigmatize mental health through the power of storytelling. Join producers Hanna Suh, Sophia Lu and Vardaan Shah as they interview those who are willing to share their mental health journeys in order to help others.... Show More

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June 19, 2020 86 min

In this episode, Chanel Miller—activist and author of the critically acclaimed memoir, “KNOW MY NAME”—talks about her experience with trauma and depression and how she uses creativity as a coping mechanism. Chanel, who graduated from Gunn in 2010, reflects on how she navigated finding help in the aftermath of the suicide clusters that occurred during her time in high school. After the struggles she endured in both high school and t...

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Our episode today is a little different than our usual story-centered episodes. We have Dr.Sampathi, part of Gunn's graduating class of 2010, talk about his experiences in the aftermath of Gunn High School's suicide clusters and how they affected his career path to becoming a psychiatrist—all while answering questions submitted by our listeners. The links to the resources mentioned in the episodes are http://www.heardallian...

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November 13, 2019 12 min

Junior Arianna Orsua has struggled with body image throughout her early teen years. In this episode, we look into the complexities that come with having eating disorders and distorted views of beauty: diagnosis, healing, and recovery. Arianna shows us that, sometimes, the best way to improve self-esteem is to fake it until you believe it. 

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August 31, 2019 16 min

Palo Alto High School graduate Rima Parekh, like many other high schoolers, saw college as the end goal. But what happens after you actually get in? Rima tell s her story of adjusting to college and the hardships she experienced from facing change. In this episode, we explore what's beyond the college apps- our mental health, our personal lives, and most importantly, our happiness. 

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August 7, 2019 33 min

Gunn alumna Chloe Sørensen has been a mental health advocate since her early years of high school. In this episode, Chloe talks about her experience in the aftermath of the Palo Alto suicide clusters and the conflicting thoughts she had while trying to find help. She shows us that, sometimes, we need courage from others to practice what we preach. 

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June 22, 2019 25 min

Is getting help for depression a hipster "solution" that's just trending? Is depression medication always the simple answer to mental health problems? Rising senior Abby Sullivan shares her own story from when she asked these questions herself to where she is now: someone who has gone through the healing process. Through a candid telling of her own experience with mental health issues, Abby affirms that we are all worth...

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May 24, 2019 22 min

How do you approach someone who has lost a mother? What is the "process" for overcoming grief? Beloved Gunn High School senior Anna Reitman, known for her witty jokes and contagious smiles, gives us a raw look into the aftermath of losing a parent. Anna shows us that it takes time, but accepting loss is possible. 

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Welcome to the first special episode of Project Oyster! In this episode, we are celebrating Cristina Florea, a Gunn High School math and business teacher and also one of our key mentors for this podcast. Cristina helped Project Oyster become what it is today, and we are forever grateful for what she has done for us and the hundreds of Gunn students who have been impacted by her. Cristina Florea shows us that sometimes, not all hero...

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May 3, 2019 20 min

In this episode, senior Joey Marcacci discusses a part of himself that takes courage to reveal to others. Joey dives into what it means to be both an athlete and... Joey.

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April 26, 2019 18 min
Rina Newhouse, a senior at Gunn, shows what exists beyond her bubbly personality- struggles she has hidden from others until now. Rina knows what it means to seek discomfort and find a way to be candid about the obstacles she’s faced.
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Senior Jimmy Farley is one of the most beloved students at Gunn High School; as a self-proclaimed "class-clown," Jimmy's signature humor is known for brightening everyone's day. But there's a side to Jimmy that isn't always obvious at first glance. In this episode, we discover what it means to be the class clown with the biggest heart. 

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There has been a revolution at Gunn High School. A new Facebook page, Gunn Confessions, has given power to students to say what they want in anonymity. The result? Hilarious confessions, secret messages to crushes, and even calls for help in dealing with mental health. Hosts Sophia and Hanna read what the admin of Gunn Confessions has to say about what they feel about this new phenomenon they started; of course, the admin remain a ...

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February 2, 2019 9 min

Welcome to the first official episode of Project Oyster! In this episode, we have guest speaker Meghna Singh talk about her desire for control as a child and how that later evolved to a struggle with depression- which she overcame.  

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October 18, 2018 7 min

Welcome to the Project Oyster podcast! In our pilot episode, we have guest speaker Joshua Mei talking about an incident with his coupon-fanatic grandfather. Family embarrassment happens to everyone- it's unavoidable.

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