Tykes & Teens Announces Schedule for 2022 “Mental Health Matters” Video Series – “Building Resilience” Episodes to Air Monthly on Facebook @TykesTeens

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Tykes & Teens Announces Schedule for 2022 “Mental Health Matters” Video Series

“Building Resilience” Episodes to Air Monthly on Facebook @TykesTeens

PALM CITY, Fla. (February 14, 2022) – Tykes & Teens, a leading provider of the highest quality, evidence-based mental health services and programs for children and adolescents for 25 years, has announced the schedule for its 2022 monthly Mental Health Matters – Building Resilience video series.

Each 15- to 30-minute video segment features conversations with leading mental health experts, educators, community organization and students discussing practical tips, tools and resources to effectively navigate and cope with mental health-related challenges by building resilience.

Episodes will air on the last Wednesday of each month at 4:30 pm on Tykes & Teens’ Facebook channel @TykesTeens.  Not on Facebook?  No worries.  The videos, as well as additional resources, will also be available at www.tykesandteens.org/mental-health-matters-series/.

“As we continue facing the devastating impacts COVID is having on our children and youth, providing high quality preventions services are more important than ever,” says Tykes & Teens Director of Prevention Services Dorothy Oppenheiser.  “Our goal with this year’s ‘Mental Health Matters’ series is to provide parents and students with tips, tools and resources to build their capacity to help support those who are struggling to effectively navigate and build resilience during this challenging time.”

The first episode – COVID’s Devastating Impact on Children’s Mental Health – airs on Wednesday, February 23, 2022.  Tykes & Teens CEO Eric Garza, MHA, LCSW, and Mental Health Collaborative of Indian River County Executive Director Brett A. Hall LCSW, MBA, will be discussing the current mental health crisis and the devastating impact COVID is having on our children, families and community, and the need for a ‘whole-of-society’ collaborative approach.

Children today are experiencing unprecedented uncertainly, fear, anxiety, depression, abuse and neglect. According to the recently-released U.S. Surgeon General Advisory – Protecting Youth Mental Health – youth depressive and anxiety symptoms doubled during the pandemic, with 25% experiencing depressive symptoms and 20% anxiety. In early 2021, U.S. emergency department visits for suspected suicide attempts were 51% higher for adolescent girls and 4% higher for adolescent boys compared to 2019. Reduced in-person interactions during the pandemic made it harder to recognize signs of child abuse and mental health concerns. The crisis in our local communities is just as staggering.

Tykes & Teens’ “Mental Health Matters – Building Resilience” 2022 Schedule

  • Wed., Feb. 23 at 4:30 pm – COVID’s Devastating Impact on Children’s Mental Health
  • Wed., March 30 at 4:30 pm – Social Media and Technology’s Impact on the Mental Health of Our Youth
  • Wed., April 27 at 4:30 pm – Alcohol Awareness Month: Alcohol, Substance Abuse, Vaping and Self-Medication as Coping Mechanisms – Signs to Look for and Resources Available
  • Wed., May 25 at 4:30 pm – May Mental Health Awareness Month: Removing the Stigma; Addressing and Breaking Barriers to Mental Health
  • Wed., June 29 at 4:30 pm – Building Resiliency Skills, Positive Identity and Self-Esteem
  • Wed., July 27 at 4:30 pm – Preparing for Return to School
  • Wed., Aug. 31 at 4:30 pm – Building Resilience Begins at Birth – Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Matters
  • Wed., Sept. 28 at 4:30 pm – Suicide Prevention Month: Concerned About a Friend or Child? How to Have the Conversation
  • Wed., Oct. 26 at 4:30 pm – Wraparound Targeted Case Management to Support Mental Health

To learn more about Tykes & Teens’ high-quality evidence-based programs and services, visit www.tykesandteens.org/get-help/.

For more information on how you can make an impact in the lives of children and families on the Treasure Coast, visit www.tykesandteens.org/give-help/.

Tykes & Teens’ Mental Health Matters video series is proudly supported by the Children’s Services Council of Martin County.

About Tykes & Teens

Tykes & Teens has been a leading mental health provider for children and adolescent evidence-based programs and services for 25 years.  Our mission is prioritizing children’s mental health in our families, schools and communities through a wide range of prevention, education, and treatment programs and services.  Our passion and commitment are to empowering children and strengthening families by ensuring that all children have access to high quality counseling and mental health services, regardless of financial status.  We also advocate for increased awareness of mental health to remove the stigma and shame often associated with seeking mental health treatment.  We offer services from more than 50 locations, including outpatient offices in Palm City, Jensen Beach, Hobe Sound, Port St. Lucie and Vero Beach, on-site services in all Martin County schools, and in schools in Okeechobee and Indian River counties, as well as collaboration with numerous community partners, in addition to virtual telehealth services.  We have continued to offer our services and programs throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, including virtual telehealth care.  We accept most insurance, private payments, and we are a Medicaid-approved provider. We have successfully administered a sliding fee scale for those in need when necessary for more than 20 years.  As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency, we also provide $750,000 in unreimbursed services to the communities we serve each year.  Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.


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