Psychological well being was a serious concern amongst youth in Chelsea earlier than the pandemic. In some ways, issues are more difficult now. Youth are navigating many trials: psychological well being, medicine and alcohol, stress and isolation. With this in thoughts, SRSLY underwent a mission enlargement earlier this yr to make psychological well being a spotlight for youth in the neighborhood. SRSLY’s aim is to assist construct a group the place youth really feel supported of their resolution to keep away from medicine and alcohol, and households have the talents and sources they want for psychological well being.
“SRSLY is connecting with teenagers in an entire new method, wherever they’re at, discovering out what they need and want instantly from them,” stated Kate Yocum, a coalition director at SRSLY. “Their voice is guiding our actions to help psychological well being and stop substance abuse in Chelsea youth.”
SRSLY is right here for youth, now greater than ever. As a youth-led coalition, SRSLY is constructing a bridge of help for individuals who are scuffling with psychological well being and substance abuse via group training, consciousness and advocacy. By working collectively, the coalition is targeted on stopping these struggles earlier than they begin.
“To ensure that SRSLY to successfully help youth and make a constructive affect of their lives, listening and actually listening to about them as they talk about what they’re experiencing is step one,” stated Courtney Aldrich, Program Workforce Lead, SRSLY. “Psychological well being is a critical concern, and SRSLY has a chance to deal with these concern. There’s correlation between psychological well being and substance use, which locations SRSLY in a novel place to deal with each.”
Donate to Assist SRSLY
Earlier this yr, SRSLY reached the tip of its 10-year federal grant that helped help operations. With the assistance of St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea, native donors and foundations, the work continues.
This yr, Michael and Suzi Coghlan will match presents to SRSLY as much as $10,000. If the coalition reaches the $10,000 aim, the Coghlans will donate an extra $5,000. This beneficiant reward will help implementation of the youth-led motion plan in 2022.
“Youth have super perception, energy, and affect,” Aldrich stated. “If youth are given a voice to talk truthfully to the problems they face and have entry to the sources wanted, they’ve super capacity to make a constructive affect within the areas of psychological well being and substance use. Our function as grownup supporters is to hear for understanding and to help with sources so we will positively affect the lives of younger folks in our group.”
“Youngsters are excited to get to work with SRSLY to have a constructive affect on their friends and their group,” Yocum stated. “They’ve so many nice concepts, and SRSLY may also help them flip these concepts into actuality, however we want your assist.”
To donate to SRSLY and to assist make an affect in our group, please go to https://giving.stjoeshealth.org/srsly or use scan the QR code beneath:
SRSLY is a group coalition in Chelsea, Michigan that works to empower youth to dwell wholesome, substance-free lives and promote psychological well being. SRSLY was fashioned in 2008 by group leaders and volunteers. SRSLY works to boost consciousness and understanding of psychological well being, the connections between psychological well being and substance use, and the helps and sources accessible for each. SRSLY additionally promotes constructive household, college, and group involvement. SRSLY receives help from the Coghlan Household Basis, St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea, and the 5 Wholesome Cities Basis. For extra info, go to www.srsly.org or observe @srsly_community on Instagram.