Tuesday, May 11, 2021

InnerAct Alliance, StandUP Polk & Peace River Center Partner for Event to Mark Mental Health Awareness Month


InnerAct Alliance, StandUP Polk & Peace River Center
Partner for Event to Mark Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month to raise awareness of those living with mental health or behavioral issues and help reduce the stigma so many experience. To assist in this effort, InnerAct Alliance, StandUP Polk, and Peace River Center are partnering for an informative presentation, entitled “Identifying and Understanding Teens’ Risky Behaviors”, on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at 10:30 a.m., via Zoom. 

Speakers will be Angela Ellison, Executive Director of InnerAct Alliance, for Own the Upside, and Luke Bigelow, Substance Abuse Outpatient Therapist, for Peace River Center. Topics will include areas of concern surrounding teen mental health, risky behaviors and signs of possible drug use, as well as discussion about differences between normal adolescence and mental health or mental illness struggles and how to access help. The event will take place as part of the StandUP Polk coalition meeting, but all are invited to attend. The link for Registration is: http://bit.ly/may27teens. Those interested but unable to attend may register to have a recording of the presentation emailed to them. 

InnerAct Alliance, formerly the Drug Prevention Resource Center, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency established in 1985 in Lakeland, Florida, to reduce the abuse and underage use of harmful substances along with involvement in other risky behaviors through: Community Awareness and Involvement; Prevention Education; Economic Support; and Leadership Development. The agency serves as the fiscal agent for the StandUP Polk (adult) and UthMpact (youth) Coalitions for a Drug-Free Polk, collaborations which lead proactive community efforts to reduce underage use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Own the Upside is a campaign to help prevent harm and promote health, especially for youth, and celebrates the positives that most kids are doing the right thing, while also educating parents about signs to watch for if their child may be headed in the wrong direction. Correcting risky behaviors early is the key to successful Prevention!    

Peace River Center’s mission is to engage, restore, and empower individuals in our community to reach their fullest potential. The agency provides mental health, substance abuse, primary care, 24-hour crisis response, rape crisis, and domestic violence services in its vision is to be a center of excellent for building emotional wellness. 

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