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School campaign encourages young people to ‘Be present’

• Mar 4, 2018 at 10:00 AM

The Huron County Board of Mental Health and Addiction Services promotes wellness and recovery for all residents. The Board, along with Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services Department, is bringing the “Be Present” campaign to Huron County.

Be Present is a statewide social marketing campaign focused on prevention of mental health issues among youth and young adults. The Be Present campaign educates and empowers peers, friends, classmates and siblings of at-risk youth to “step up” and provide needed support. It also makes youth more aware of and able to address their own emotional state. With their own cups “full,” they become more willing and able to step up and speak out in a supportive manner.

Many adolescents are struggling with trying to find their own way, exploring different parts of their identity or figuring out what they want to do with the rest of their lives. They’re experiencing transitions from middle to high school to college, making discoveries about their own desires and needs or trying to find work and live on their own after leaving their familial homes.

The Be Present campaign was developed by an advisory group of youth throughout Ohio. Be Present will raise awareness about the struggles young people face and encourage and empower their peer group, close friends and siblings to take more responsibility for each other, especially for youth who are being bullied (in-person or online), struggling to overcome mental or emotional problems or other stressors, and for  those who are most at risk of harming themselves.

On Tuesday, Javier Sanchez, an internationally recognized motivational speaker, will provide a high-energy assembly for the youth in the county. In the morning Monroeville High School will host the Be Present assembly and in the afternoon Norwalk High School will end the day with yet another assembly.

Sanchez will deliver the message: “Be Present so you can be there when a friend, classmate or family member needs you most.”

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