Mental Health Awareness
Too many young people have been suffering in silence and holding secrets for far too long. The truth about Mental Health is that it manifests in ways that can be obvious to others as behaviors change when young people self-medicate, become promiscuous, or exhibit physical changes. While others hide in their loneliness because, culturally you’re not supposed to tell people how you feel, because, in school, the counselor has 400 other students to meet with, or because if you tell who will care anyway?
According to the Youth Census, 75% of young people are going through life stressed, anxious, sad, and confused. Yet, the resources and services meant to support them are not fully funded, or the programs don’t meet the needs of the population and even worse, the government only steps in for young people, when it’s too late. Saving the future of our city and our nation requires those at the table to prioritize youth mental health and wellness. Acknowledge that the system is faulty and needs an upgrade. How do we accomplish this? Who do we ask? Experts, stakeholders, or young people? We empower young people to put their potential into play and speak their truths. Out of the mouths of youth, comes the truth. Listen, carefully…
Youth Town Hall Video
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