GLOUCESTER — Public Well being Director Karin Carroll and Regional Prevention Director Amy Epstein are happy to share that the Regional Youth Coalition will host a free occasion selling psychological well being care amongst teenagers this weekend.
Saturday, June 19 from 12-3 p.m.
The occasion shall be held no matter climate circumstances.
Obear Park at 145 Livingstone Ave, Beverly
The Regional Youth Coalition is internet hosting North Shore Teen Psychological Well being Day this weekend, open to all space highschool college students. The free, rain or shine occasion will characteristic a mini-carnival with meals, a DJ, garden video games, remedy canines, artwork stations, Juneteenth training and actions, a photobooth, raffles, airbrush tattoos, plate-smashing and knowledge tables with psychological well being and different neighborhood sources for younger individuals.
Neighborhood teams to be represented embody: Gloucester Well being Division, Younity, NAMI, Kids’s Buddy and Household, Beverly Library, Canine B.O.N.E.S. Remedy Canine of Massachusetts, The Clever Life, YWCA North Shore Rape Disaster Heart, Youth Peace Motion, Gloucester Youth Management Council, SAGA Cape Ann/NAGLY, native psychological well being counselors, and extra.
The Regional Youth Coalition fashioned in December 2020 and is part of the Regional Youth Prevention Community. The coalition contains greater than 50 highschool college students from Gloucester, Beverly, Essex, Manchester, Ipswich, Danvers and Rockport.
Of their bi-weekly Zoom conferences this 12 months, the Regional Youth Coalition has centered on studying about threat and protecting components, public well being work, and the best way to use knowledge to evaluate acceptable methods to deal with neighborhood points. The group labored with Youth Threat Habits Surveys from every city, which they used together with the person experiences of their friends to determine an important focus of their first technique.
When requested to debate the most important points dealing with individuals their age, the coalition rapidly recognized psychological well being as a subject they wished to give attention to. They strategized over many weeks about how they might promote psychological well being care amongst their friends.
“North Shore Teen Psychological Well being Day is for highschool aged youth and is meant to unfold psychological well being consciousness and sources, and likewise for us to easily get pleasure from components of life many people miss as we become older; in addition to offering some enjoyable and lightness throughout this robust time,” stated Annika Johnson, a youth coalition member and freshman at Ipswich Excessive Faculty.
Within the area’s most up-to-date Youth Threat Habits Surveys, greater than 30% of space highschool college students stated they “felt depressed sufficient for not less than two weeks that [they] stopped standard actions.”
In keeping with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 7.1% of youngsters and teenagers ages 3-17 have been identified with anxiousness, and three.2% of youngsters and teenagers in that age vary have identified despair.
The Regional Youth Prevention Community is a coalition of direct service companies, stakeholders and different representatives from Gloucester, Manchester, Essex, Rockport, Ipswich, Beverly, and Danvers. The community meets commonly with the mission of connecting direct service suppliers to shut gaps and share prevention sources and greatest practices.
For extra info contact Regional Prevention Director Amy Epstein at [email protected].