May: Mental Health Awareness

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Join us as we Paint the Town Green to raise awareness and remove the stigma associated with mental health! 


We’re on a mission to make a difference, and we need your support. Before the pandemic, our youth were already facing a mental health crisis, with depression surging by 90% and suicide rates increasing by 47% from 2008 to 2019. At Tykes & Teens, we believe in taking action now to provide affordable, accessible, and high-quality mental health services. Our programs help children improve self-esteem, recover from trauma, manage anxiety and depression, and develop essential life skills. Together, we can build a healthier and more resilient community.

A Little History

Established in 1949 by Mental Health America, Mental Health Month (also known as Mental Health Awareness Month) aims to increase awareness of mental health and wellness in Americans’ lives and celebrate recovery from mental illness. May is dedicated to raising awareness about the impact of trauma on individuals, families, and communities, crucial for addressing the challenges faced by millions of Americans living with mental health conditions. Tykes & Teens joins NAMI in this national movement, working to eradicate stigma, provide support, educate the public, and advocate for policies prioritizing the well-being of those affected by mental illness. Throughout May, we’re committed to this cause, fostering a supportive environment and advocating for positive change.

Mental Health Matters - Every Day

While this dedicated time brings vital attention to the topic, it’s crucial to remember that mental health matters every day! Our emotional well-being influences every aspect of our lives, from relationships to work performance and overall quality of life. By fostering open conversations, providing support, and prioritizing self-care, we can create a culture where mental health is valued and supported year-round. Join us in spreading awareness and advocating for mental health resources and initiatives that make a difference in our communities every day.

Here are some ways you can help support this vital cause:

  • Attend our events: Join us and bring your friends and family along to help spread the message of mental health awareness.
  • Engage on social media: Like, comment, and share our posts to amplify our message and reach a wider audience.
  • Volunteer: Get involved directly by volunteering your time and skills to support our programs and events.
  • Donate: Every contribution makes a difference, no matter the amount. Your donations help us continue to provide vital services and resources to those in need.
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Mental Health Awareness Month Events & Initiatives

Honk for Mental Health

Honk for Mental Health and join the movement! Thanks to the incredible support of Philip DeBerard and team, our billboards are shining bright in Martin and St. Lucie County. Let’s show our appreciation and raise awareness for children’s mental health. When you spot our billboards from May 1st to 14th in Martin County and May 14th to 28th in St. Lucie County, let your horn be heard. Every honk counts in our mission for mental wellness. Together, we can make a difference!

Tykes and Teens: #itstartswithme2024

Lighting at the Arch of Memorial Park

May 1, 2024 – Memorial Park (300 SE Ocean Blvd, Stuart)  – 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Get ready to kick off our month of festivities with a burst of color! We’re lighting up the Arch at Memorial Park in Downtown Stuart, and we want YOU to join us in all your GREEN GLORY! 💚 Mark your calendars as Tykes & Teens, along with our incredible community, come together for this meaningful event. Let’s light up the night and show our support by dressing in green to stand in solidarity.

Come be a part of this important event. We’ll see you there❣

Youth Yoga

Every Tuesday in May from 6:30pm – 7:30pm – 10th Street Community Center (724 SE 10th St, Stuart)

Join us as we strengthen our core and stretch our way into mental clarity!🧘‍♂️

We are nourishing our body and minds every Tuesday during the month of May in celebration of Mental Health Month. These 1 Hour sessions are FREE for kiddos aged K-5, but you must register your child for each class you would like for them to attend.

Full Schedule of  Weekly Classes: 

  • Nature & Mindfulness
  • May 14, 2024: Journey Through Emotions
  • May 21, 2024: Strength & Resilience
  • May 28, 2024: Connection & Compassion

Planning on attending? Click the link to RSVP 👉

Gizmo's Pawesome Guide to Mental Health

Feeling sad, mad or worried? Gizmo’s here to help!

Saturday, May 18, 2024 – 2pm – 3pm – Blake Library (2351 SE Monterey Rd, Stuart)

Dive into a world of fun and positivity at our special storytime read-along, happening at Martin County’s Blake Library. Best of all? It’s completely FREE, but you’ve gotta reserve your spot! Plus, every attendee gets their paws on a copy of “Gizmo’s Pawesome Guide to Mental Health” and some awesome activities to enjoy at home.

Hurry, space is limited, so snag your tickets now! And parents, stick around after the reading for our parent cafe, where you’ll discover how to support your little ones on their journey to happiness. Because remember, #ItStartsWithMe. You’ll even score a free copy of “Operation Parent: The Parent Handbook” (while supplies last).

Planning on attending? Click the link to RSVP 👉

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