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Filament Games Podcast | Season 6 Episode 7 – Games for Change Festival Interview with Rebecca Benghiat

Terms like “addiction,” and “anxiety” often carry heavy stigma around with them. Yet opening sincere dialogues around mental health is exactly what longtime advocate Rebecca Benghiat does alongside Filament Games Podcast host Jennifer Javornik in this new episode.

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With senior leadership experience driving growth for organizations like New York’s pioneering Quad Preparatory School and national nonprofit Facing Addiction, Rebecca knows firsthand both the challenges and the potential when it comes to nurturing young people’s wellbeing

Rebecca’s extensive experience working with vulnerable youth fueled her passion for supporting the mental health and wellbeing of children. Rebecca advanced that mission as the former President and COO of The Jed Foundation, “a nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults, giving them the skills and support they need to thrive today…and tomorrow.”

Emotional intelligence and social-emotional learning play a critical role in enabling students to thrive. However, for many educators, parents, advocates, and schools, making these types of emotional competencies a regular part of education remains challenging. 

In this episode, Rebecca and Jennifer explore integrated solutions that weave key mental health concepts into education. Their conversation offers insights into how schools and communities might positively transform not just academics, but the quality of life for youth facing unseen struggles.

Listen to the full episode below, or listen on your favorite podcast-hosting platform: Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher.

To hear more from leading voices on leveraging technology and game-based learning to transform lives, check out the rest of this season’s episodes! And stay connected with Filament Games on X and Facebook for more. Plus, contact us anytime to explore game-based solutions promoting skills for health and humanity.

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