Interview with Jelani Nichols - October 24th, 2022 Episode

Updated: Nov 21

Adolescent mental health

Percent of his 3-17 diagnosed with a disorder

ADHD 8.7> Anxiety 7.8%>Behavioral disorder 7%> Depression 3.4% (CDC)


Discussed previously. Common diagnosis and overmedication.

Postpartum Malnutrition of iron and omega fats play a role

These studies show that dietary supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids reduces symptoms of ADHD, both for individuals with ADHD and typically developing children.

Postnatal social deprivation is devastating

Nurture is critical - hostile parenting mixed with genetic predisposition causes ADHD

Nurture actually makes a big difference in outcome

10 things to know about teen suicide from Walden U (

  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death for youth between 10 and 24 years of age, claiming 4,600 lives annually.3

  • Suicide kills more teenagers and young adults than does cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease combined.4

  • 16% of high school students report seriously considering suicide.3

  • 13% of high school students report creating a plan.3

  • 8% of high school students report trying to take their own life in the past 12 months.3

  • Every day, 5,400 youth in grades 7–12 attempt suicide.4

  • Each year, around 157,000 youth between the ages of 10 and 24 are treated in emergency rooms for self-inflicted injuries.3

  • Boys account for 81% of suicide deaths.3

  • Girls are more likely to report attempting suicide than boys.3

  • 4 out of 5 teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs

***Pay attention!… 80% deaths possibly preventable!***

***We need to be conscious and present for our kids***

Every day in America:

  • 2,805 children are arrested

  • 8 children and teens are killed with guns

  • Every 47 seconds a child is abused or neglected

  • More than 1.2 million public school children are homeless


The degree to which a person or group is socially close, interrelated or shares resources with other persons or groups

It can be harmful if the social groups are negative in thoughts or behaviors

Individual<>family<>Community orgs<>social institutions

Connectedness begins inside. Self-love is critical to connect to flow of love that creation provides to all in abundance! Transformational work helps put individuals in touch with themselves in such a way that self love can become possible. When that occurs, I call that RESURRECTION!

Motivating the Teen Spirit

Lisa Nichols

Jelani Nichols

Vision Statement

Our vision is a world where every teen will have access and choice to become empowered and make integrity-based decisions through self-love as part of a global movement called Teen Spirit. Through this movement, people from every race, religion, and socioeconomic background will be brought together in the same spirit to create healthier and happier teens.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to empower teens to fall in love with themselves, communicate more effectively, and make integrity-based decisions.

How can interested teens get in touch?

Contact MTS:


ADDRESS Motivating the Teen Spirit 300 Carlsbad Village Drive Suite 108A Box 187 Carlsbad, CA 92008

PHONE Office: (760) 931-9400