May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Did you know that May was first designated as Mental Health Awareness Month in 1949 by Mental Health America?  Sixty-eight years later, we are still fighting to end the stigma associated with mental illness. In April, we celebrated our first full year of free mental health programming in area schools.  We are proud of this milestone, but there is still a lot of work to do.   We believe the next generation is ready and willing to SpeakUp to end the stigma.   In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we have a variety of programs scheduled for teens and their families.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat to receive mindful moments, inspirational quotes, and valuable articles to help and encourage you each day. Let’s finish this!

Mindful Yoga for Teens and Parents/Guardians
May 16, 6:30-7:30 pm
Location:  CKG Office, 9700 Gayton Road, Henrico
Join us for an hour of mindful yoga led by a certified yoga instructor.  Open to middle and high school students and their families.  Come by yourself or with your loved one (teens, you can leave the adult at home if you want!)  All levels welcome.  Please register by visiting

Shine A Light, Be A Light
May 25, 7:00-8:00 pm
Location:  Freeman High School Library, 8701 Three Chopt Road, Henrico
Join us for an evening of open discussion about living with mental illness from four different perspectives:  an experienced parent, two siblings of teens who struggle, and a young adult triumphantly living with depression and anxiety.

If you have any questions regarding any of the events or programming opportunities, please contact Jodi Beland, Program Director, at

Katherine Cook