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First Person: Finding A Safe Space In A San Diego Arts Organization

David McConnell is pictured at the Sherman Heights location of Urban Beats in...

Photo by Brooke Ruth

Above: David McConnell is pictured at the Sherman Heights location of Urban Beats in front of a wall of artwork, July 20, 2018.

Nearly one out of five Americans suffer from mental illness.

Urban Beats serves young adults with or at risk of having mental health challenges. The organization uses art as a platform for young adults to express themselves to improve their well-being and become more self-sufficient.

The organization is funded by Proposition 63, now known as the Mental Health Services Act, which was passed in 2004 and is funded by a one percent tax on those who make over one million dollars.

As part of our First Person series, 20-year-old David McConnell tells us how Urban Beats has provided him a safe space during challenging circumstances.

First Person: Finding A Safe Space In A San Diego Arts Organization

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David McConnell, participant, Urban Beats


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Special Feature First Person

KPBS Midday Edition's First Person series tells the stories of average and not-so-average San Diegans in their own words. Their experiences, both universal and deeply personal, offer a unique lens into the news of the day.

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