SAN RAFAEL, CA — When it grew to become obvious to Preston Lee the extent to which fellow neighborhood members experiencing psychological well being points have been struggling, he felt compelled to do one thing about it.
The Marin County highschool senior quickly discovered others who shared his conviction.
Lee is amongst a gaggle of like-minded Marin highschool and faculty college students who banded collectively to kind the Marin County Psychological Well being Intern Group.
The submissions deadline for this occasion is Wednesday.
“The aim of our showcase is to convey the younger neighborhood of Marin nearer collectively by artwork and use it as a medium of artistic expression to assist others who’re struggling,” stated Lee, who lives in Tiburon and can also be a videographer.
“So many individuals endure hardship beneath the radar. After I first bought uncovered to how many individuals in my life struggled, it impressed me to advocate for such a prevalent concern in my neighborhood.”
Occasion attendees might be required to stick to COVID-19 pointers, together with mask-wearing.
The occasion will function a panel of youth artists chosen by this system staff who will focus on their submissions’ views about or experiences with psychological well being.
Submitted artwork can even be showcased digitally on the challenge web site.
“Should you ask those that have struggled with psychological or emotional ache, many will point out that the connection and help of their neighbors and family members was essential for his or her restoration,” stated Kara Connors, senior program coordinator for the County’s Suicide Prevention Collaborative.
“With each bit of paintings submitted, these youth are sending a strong message that stigma has no place in Marin and that as a neighborhood, we are able to discuss psychological well being and suicide in open and direct methods.”
The Psychological Well being Interns are conscious of aggravating points amongst their friends and strategies to deal with them.
“Typically youngsters discuss suicide on-line in an off-the-cuff method that may not be taken severely,” stated Scarlett Goh, a staff member and highschool junior from Mill Valley.
“Or, some youngsters are afraid to succeed in out for assist in the event that they see others ‘joking’ about suicide. I feel a technique we might help create motion by social media is for everybody to share the Disaster Textual content Line (textual content MARIN to 741741) or the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1- 800-273-8255) and to assist get the phrase out. On the finish of the day, we simply wish to maintain one another protected.”
For youth who categorical private struggles, Lee has created movies on the delicate topic of psychological well being and suicide prevention.
“Every single day I proceed to attempt and assist my friends by providing them help and utilizing my artistic skills in filmmaking to unfold the message that you’re by no means alone, and there are individuals on the market to assist.”
A person’s psychological well being journey can vary from wellness, challenges, or crises and will change and shift over time. Please share your story by artwork that displays messages which can be hopeful and targeted on what somebody can do to assist themselves or others and draw out of your distinctive perspective and expertise.
Artwork of all types is accepted, together with, however not restricted to,; images, portray, digital artwork, poetry, dance, and video. Video submissions will be quick movies, animations, and so on… and should be 10 minutes or shorter. See extra video pointers, together with assets to function.
Please reply to a number of of the next prompts:
- What’s your private expertise with psychological well being and well-being?
- What helps you cope with troublesome feelings and difficult occasions?
- What provides you hope, pleasure, and inspiration?
- What position do your loved ones, pals, and neighborhood play in your psychological well being and well-being?
- What tales and views surrounding youth and psychological well being do you suppose should be advised?
A number of the artwork submissions might be chosen for a Caring Card marketing campaign. Recipients of the marketing campaign might be given private handwritten playing cards with themes of empathy, compassion, and hope together with related assets as they transition to restoration. Keep tuned for extra data.
Thanks to your participation within the showcase. You can be selling the significance of psychological well being amongst youth in Marin and serving to to start out vital discussions in our neighborhood. For any questions relating to submitting artwork or the showcase, please attain out to Nancy Vernon. Observe that artwork might be submitted anonymously, so no names might be proven with artwork when showcased until permission is acquired.
Should you or somebody you realize is in misery, please contact:
- Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-TALK (8255)
- Lifeline Crisis Chat[External] Obtainable 24/7
- Need assistance now? Textual content “MARIN ” to 741-741
- For substance use or psychological well being companies, contact BHRS Entry Line: (888) 818-1115