Tykes & Teens, the Palm City-based provider of evidence-based mental health services and programs for children and adolescents, will partner with the National Alliance on Mental Illness Martin County (NAMI) to light up Sailfish Fountain in downtown Stuart in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month in May. The mental health organizations invite the families and communities they serve throughout the Treasure Coast to “Paint the Town Green” on May 2 at 7:30 p.m.
The need to focus on mental health awareness is imperative, particularly due to the impacts of the pandemic. The goal of the organizations’ May programming is to “Shine a Light” on the importance of mental health and remove the stigma often associated with seeking treatment.
Since the beginning of the pandemic children have reported experiencing unprecedented uncertainty, fear, anxiety, depression, abuse, and neglect. Consequently, cases of youth depressive and anxiety disorders have doubled, as isolation made it harder to recognize signs of child abuse and mental health concerns. Tykes & Teens has seen a 300 percent increase in demand for service, 100 percent increase in high-risk clients, and a considerable increase in complexity and length of treatment.
For complete details on Tykes & Teens’ Paint the Town Green to Shine a Light on Mental Health events taking place, like NAMI’s Walk in the Park for Mental Illness on April 30, Game Day on May 14, and more, click here.