Going off to college is often the first time a young adult lives away from home. What comes with more autonomy might include added financial responsibility, different food and exercise choices, changes in sleeping habits, and a new social environment. There can be exposure to drugs and alcohol, potential sexual pressures, and typically a more rigorous academic curriculum. If a young adult has a pre-existing or predisposition towards mental illness, their exposure to these new stressors can exacerbate their illness and potentially impact their academic success. Time: 12-3:15 PM. Cost: $65. Pre-registration required.
An anxiety disorder can affect people of all ages, including children. In fact, anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental health disorder in children, affecting as many as ten percent of young people. Time: 9 AM-4:30 PM. Cost: $115. Pre-registration required.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is the leader in the fight against suicide. They fund research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss. The Out of Darkness Walks are held in hundreds of cities across the country. They give people the courage to open up about their own struggle or loss, and the platform to change our culture's approach to mental health. Charlotte Walk: Registration at 1pm, Program & Walk from 2:30-4pm.
Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety, is a documentary that tells the stories of kids and teens who discuss their anxiety and its impact on their lives and relationships, as well as how they've found solutions and hope. The movie showing, sponsored by the Jewish Federation, will be followed by an informative panel discussion, with special guests, including a therapist, school counselor, parent and teenager. This program is for middle and upper school students, parents, teachers and professionals. Time: 2 PM.
Join Silent Images for a night of films and discussion on mental health in Charlotte. It will be a night for our community to listen to each other's stories, watch videos from the Compass & Light documentary series, connect with local agencies that provide mental health services, and enjoy desserts and coffee. Let's spend a night learning and growing together. Time: 7-8:30 PM. This is a free event, but please RSVP.
In May, Promise Resource Network (PRN) debuted this NC evening of storytelling and creative expression to a sold-out audience of 400! Back by request, the second TIMB will showcase a new line-up of talented and brave performers who will share their stories of recovery, triumph and resilience over mental health diagnoses. Performers will inspire, entertain, and challenge traditional thinking around mental illness through original music, poetry, theater, comedy, dance and spoken word. Time: 4-6 PM