Recent statistics paint a vivid picture of the challenges faced by our youth. According to a comprehensive study, an alarming 1 in 5 adolescents grapple with mental health issues, ranging from depression and anxiety to addiction and suicidal ideation. The effects of childhood trauma (which studies have shown affects over two-thirds of the population) are also significant, affecting a child’s overall well-being and future life outcomes. Additionally, the influence of social media can worsen mental and physical health issues, including depression, anxiety, sleep problems, and attention issues.
The 2022 Ken Burns documentary Hiding in Plain Sight gives voice to the experiences of young people who struggle with mental health challenges like these and focuses on the importance of awareness and empathy. The film includes insights from families, providers, and advocates and explores the impact of childhood trauma, stigma, and social media.
The North Fulton Mental Health Collaborative is determined to confront these critical issues head-on, promoting awareness, understanding, and dialogue within our community. At our next meeting on Thursday, August 31st from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM, we invite you to a free screening of Hiding In Plain Sight and a panel discussion following the presentation. Fulton County Commissioner Bob Ellis will be moderating a panel discussion with mental health leaders in our community.
This gathering provides a unique opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, businesses, and organizations passionate about mental health. Together, we can break down barriers, challenge stigma, and create a supportive environment for those facing mental health challenges. Register today at tinyurl.com/NFMHC823.