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HCRS to Host Cookouts on May 9

HCRS will be hosting free hot dog cookouts and open houses in Springfield, Hartford, and Brattleboro in honor of Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. This day was created to shed light on the prevalence of children’s mental health. According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, 20% of youth ages 13-18 live with a mental health condition, and Vermont’s Mental Health Scorecard indicates that 11% of youth in grades 9-12 have developed a plan to die by suicide. These are startling statistics that illustrate the need for much more attention on how to support youth and families.

HCRS’ Children’s Mental Health Day events will be held on the afternoon of Thursday, May 9, at two of the non-profit agency’s regional office locations – 390 River Street in Springfield (2:30-4:00) and 51 Fairview Street in Brattleboro (2:30-4:00). The Hartford event will be held at Lyman Point Park at 167 Maple Street in White River Junction (2:00-4:00). Free hot dogs, chips, and cookies will be served, while supplies last. In addition, children’s activities and goodie bags will be provided.

According to HCRS CEO, George Karabakakis, “These cookouts are an opportunity to highlight the importance of good mental health for the children and youth in our communities and how it can impact their future. We look forward to connecting with many families and community members at each of these events.”