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Angela Bauer: Series to offer youths mental health support

Jacksonville Journal-Courier - 5/31/2024

May 29—While the summer months are intended to provide a break from the daily stress of school and homework, youths can experience other mental health challenges during that time.

To help ease those challenges, OSF Saint Anthony's Health Center Psychological Services department is offering a free community workshop series exploring issues impacting the mental health of children of all ages and their families.

"Surviving Summer" is designed to give parents and caregivers a chance to hear from health care professionals on topics including available resources and how to identify support systems. It also gives participating parents and caregivers a chance to connect with one another.

The series will have four weekly, one-hour sessions from 3 to 4 p.m. each Wednesday starting July 10.

* July 10, Social Media: The Great Balancing Act, led by clinical psychologist Ari Lakritz

* July 17, Sleep Hygiene: Who Needs Sleep Anyway?, led by Frances Young, Rehabilitation and Sleep Services manager

* July 24, Communication: How to Talk to Other Humans, led by licensed clinical professional counselor Rachel Brown

* July 31, Nutrition: Does What You Eat Really Matter?, led by registered dietitian Ginger Becker, Nutrition Services supervisor

All four sessions, which are free, will be held in the Psychological Services department's group training room on OSF St. Anthony's third floor. OSF St. Anthony's is at 1 St. Anthony's Way in Alton.

For more information or to register, call 618-474-6240.

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