RICHMOND, Va. – The stress, isolation and uncertainty of the last year have taken its toll on many, especially children and adolescents. That’s why mental health experts believe it’s important to reach out to young people who may need help.
“We really want to focus on youth because a lot of conversation around the pandemic and mental health has been related to school and all virtual schooling compared to attendance, many missed opportunities and only general social isolation “. re feeling, ”said National Conventional Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) program coordinator in Central Virginia Jeff Conley.
Accordingly, NAMI of Central Virginia, one of the largest grassroots mental health organizations, plans to host a series of virtual events throughout the community starting Monday, May 17th.
The program for teens 13 and older and families will focus on many aspects of mental health, including warning signs, resources that can help, and real-life testimony from people who have experienced a health crisis. mental.
“Almost any NAMI program has that peer perspective, that lived experience that really differentiates our programs from other groups,” Conley explained. “We’ve been there and we can really talk about the recovery aspect for us and for our family members.”
Experts say even small signs in children and teens can cause bigger problems, so they say openness is key to getting help.
“It’s important to talk about whether it’s for you or someone you care about,” Conley said. “If you go with the gut and say what you think you should say, you can save someone’s life and have a positive impact on that person.”
For more information or to register for the event, visit namicva.org.