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GCPH observing Mental Health Awareness Month


XENIA — Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in the U.S. since 1949. Every year during May, Greene County Public Health, along with countless other agencies across the country, joins the national movement to raise awareness about mental health. Together, the agencies fight stigma, provide support, educate the public, and advocate for policies that support the millions of people in the U.S. affected by mental illness.

This year, GCPH is joining NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, in celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month with the More Than Enough campaign.

It’s an opportunity for everyone to come together and remember the inherent value everyone holds — no matter our diagnosis, appearance, socioeconomic status, background or ability. GCPH wants every person out there to know that if all you did was wake up today, that’s more than enough. No matter what, you are inherently worthy of more than enough life, love, and healing. Showing up, just as you are, for yourself and the people around you is more than enough.

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Disconnect to Connect Committee, a group of agencies addressing technology use and its effect on youth mental health in Greene County, is offering a free screening of the documentary, “Childhood 2.0: The Living Experiment” May 11.

“Childhood 2.0: The Living Experiment” is a must-see documentary for educators and community members concerned about the dangers of the digital age and excess screen time for children today, according to a release from GCPH. This powerful and eye-opening film sheds light on the impact of technology on the developing brains of children and the potential long-term consequences. It explores the role of social media, gaming, and other digital platforms in shaping children’s lives and highlights the importance of healthy boundaries and balance in their use.

Champions for children’s mental health are encouraged to attend as it will provide a unique opportunity to gain insight into the changing face of childhood in the digital age. This documentary focuses on the challenges faced by children and parents in this vulnerable age, and provides valuable information and resources to help address these issues. Attending this screening can help advocates stay informed and up-to-date on the latest developments in children’s mental health and wellbeing, and can provide them with practical tools and strategies for promoting positive outcomes for kids, the release said.

The screening will be held at 7 p.m. at the REACH Center, 336 S. Progress Drive, Xenia. An RSVP is requested to ensure that there are enough refreshments for those in attendance. There is no fee to attend.

Please RSVP online at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0544A4AF2BA0FB6-community.

The Disconnect to Connect Committee includes members from Greene County Public Health, Greene County Education Services Center, Family and Children First, Mental Health and Recovery Board of Clark, Greene and Madison Counties, Greene County Children Services, and the Greene County Public Library.