Weezer, Pete Wentz Join #MyYoungerSelf Mental Health Campaign

By David Konow 05/28/19

Weezer, Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy and producer/songwriter Butch Walker are the latest to create videos for the campaign.

Weezer discussing The Child's Mind Institute's My Younger Self Campaign
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The Child's Mind Institute's annual #MyYoungerSelf campaign aims to raise mental health awareness by providing a platform where celebrities can get candid about overcoming their struggles, and share what they would tell their younger selves about their mental health journey today. 

Members of the band Weezer, Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy, and producer/songwriter Butch Walker are the latest to create videos for #MyYoungerSelf, in the hopes that young people will find comfort in their advice.

As Rolling Stone reports, Weezer bassist Scott Shriner describes himself in his childhood years as “super sick, different and weird.” He was full of self-hatred and “scared of everything, [I] hid under the bed when it was time to go to school.”

In the video, Shriner encourages young people to “find something that you really enjoy and just work really hard at it and know that you’re not alone and that you’re not always going to feel that way. If I knew then how I would turn out now, I probably could’ve relaxed a little bit… Find some of the weirdos like you to talk to.”

Wentz also said, “It’s super normal to be unsure of yourself and feel lonely. One of the things I would have told myself 10 or 20 years ago is that it’s alright to feel that anxiety, it’s alright to feel down, but you’ve gotta know that tomorrow might have a different feeling.” He also said, “It’s important to know that you can reach out to people. Sometimes you start feeling like, ‘I’m feeling down, and I’ll just keep it to myself.’ I think it’s important to reach out to your friends.”

Walker, who has worked with Fall Out Boy and Weezer, among other bands, recalled coming from a small town “and feeling different… it was a lot of people who were scared out of the box of being ‘normal’ and scared to like things that other people didn’t necessarily like or weren’t into. I gravitated toward doing things and loving things that a lot of my friends did not. And because of that I got made fun of a lot—ridiculed, teased, mocked.”

Yet Walker today says, “I know I’m not alone,” and now his son also has to deal with being “different” at school.

“I guess the bottom line here is I want to tell you, ‘Don’t be afraid to be different. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself.’ Just love what you love, and be yourself because everyone else is taken.”

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