ABOUT OPEN LINES
The Arc12 Project: Open Lines was inspired and co-created by Howard University Senior Noah Thierry, bringing together HBCU students and young influencers battling severe mental health issues. Hosted by HBCU Morgan State alum /former social worker and television personality/ comedian Joe Clair, The Arc12 Project: Open Lines is a game-changing no holds barred discussion surrounding each person’s individual mental health journey.
Whether it’s dating, sexuality, suicide, or cyber-bullying, the Arc12 Project: Open Lines goal is to engage, inspire, and empower the youth culture facing similar problems. The enlightening and thought-provoking program will debut on HBCU GO tv on Saturday, May 28 at 1pm ET and 7pm ET and will expand its viewership to a plethora of national distribution platforms with a purpose to amplify the important discussion around mental health.
The Arc12 Project: Open Lines philanthropic initiative also produces scented candies with proceeds benefiting mental health initiatives on HBCU campuses. The product is available at select Nordstrom’s across the country and can be obtained at arc12projectcandles.com.
HBCU GO co-founder and President Curtis Symonds stated, “We are proud to be the first network to support a revolutionary program around mental health among people of color. The Arc12 Project: Open Lines excites our team because the idea and movement emanates organically from a single HBCU student and his father trying to navigate their own complex mental health journey.”
“We are proud to be a part of the Arc12 Project: Open Lines movement. Their vision is absolutely in alignment with our programming goals and mandates fostering education and consumer awareness around such an integral issue such as mental health within the HBCU communities,” said Clint Evans, co-founder, and general manager, HBCU GO.
Howard University Senior Noah Thierry says, “I am lucky to have the constant support from my family and access to resources to help me battle my own mental health challenges each, and every day. I know so many others within my generation who aren’t as fortunate. I am motivated to change the narrative with this magnificent movement through media and social/ grassroots platforms such as the Arc12 Project: Open Lines.”
DISCUSSION TOPICS FOR EACH “OPEN LINES” SESSION —
- Dating and pressure to date or marry
- Influence of social media on your daily life
- The pressure to make money fast
- The isolation of Covid
- “How do I open up, and to whom?
- Can men openly talk about their fears? If so, how?
- The pressure to be number 1 in a climate where there is no room for number 2; when you must win the gold, “not” the silver!
- The impact on your physical appearance in a cancel-culture society
- Why can social media companies allow cruel things to be posted?
- Being straight, gay, and other in 2022 and what that means in mental health