COHASSET – Safe Harbor’s Cohasset Youth Ambassadors will spotlight the hidden struggles many people face with the group’s first “Cohasset Minds Matter: A Community Wide Day for Mental Health Awareness.”
The free event, aimed to destigmatize mental health issues, will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 21, on the Cohasset Town Common.
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“I’m looking forward to hopefully opening up conversations and talking more about mental health within the community as a whole,” said Maeve Kearney, senior at Cohasset High School and a youth ambassador.
Kearney said the youth ambassadors brainstormed projects to pursue and landed on mental health. Safe Harbor, the town’s anti-substance abuse group, recently took a poll of middle and high school students and saw an increase in mental health issues, she said.
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There will be yoga and meditation led by Balance Studio instructor Katelyn Ryan and meditation instructor Kristen Dean from 1 to 2 p.m., therapy dogs from the Cohasset Working Dog Foundation from 2 to 3 p.m. and mental health-related crafts from 1 to 3 p.m. There will also be resource tables for visitors to learn more about the help available.
“The service dogs came to my school … and they’re just honestly a great experience,” Kearney said. “They boosted morale and just took everyone’s minds off the stressors of finals, so I’m really looking forward to seeing them again.”
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Kearney said crafts will include writing encouraging messages with chalk and painting rocks with motivational words. Music will be played throughout the event.
“I hope the community will take away that (mental health) is something to normalize and something to be able to talk about,” Kearney said.
The event is sponsored by The Cohasset Anchor and Safe Harbor. For more information, email email@example.com.
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