Yusuf Omar is a multi-award winning journalist and co-founder of Hashtag Our Stories, a TEDx speaker, and former CNN Senior Social Media Reporter on Snapchat. He has been a foreign correspondent with just his phone since 2010 and covered the Syrian civil war. At Hashtag Our Stories, he’s empowering mobile video storytelling communities around the world. Yusuf also serves as a coach for Snapchat’s Club Unity, a board of young leaders that unites today’s leading actors, dancers, singers, and athletes to support Gen Z voices. Together with Active Minds and Snapchat, Yusuf and the other members of Club Unity recently launched Here For You, an in-app mental health resource hub that addresses ways Snapchatters can start tough conversations with friends.
When asked why it’s important to “turn up” the conversation around mental health, Yusuf says, “The metaverse is becoming the internet. Social media is just media. Remote working is now just work. The post-COVID world is not the same as before. And if you think mental health issues are complex today, it’s about to get way more complex.”