Center to host youth mental health day

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The Center for Family Life and Recovery and several community partners will host a Youth Mental Health Day at Erwin Park, on Park Drive, from noon to 3 p.m. Monday.

Students and parents of all ages and school districts are welcome to join in the activities focused on wellness and self-care, organizers said. Activities include a bounce house, arts and crafts, face painting, yoga, blow up axe throwing, among others.

“Our Youth Mental Health Day brings awareness to the struggles that our youth are having. It offers the opportunity for our youth in rural areas to have fun, learn, and get support for the struggles they have been facing,” said Fran Esposito, a mental health prevention service coordinator with CFLR.

CFLR to offer Virtual Support Group

The Center for Family Life and Recovery will offer a support group for loved ones of individuals struggling with addiction and who are in recovery.

Weekly, attendees will use the CRAFT method to support one another and work toward making an impact to support loved ones in their addiction and recovery, according to the announcement.

The CRAFT method — Community Reinforcement and Family Training — was created by Dr. Robert Meyers to help family members with three key goals:

  • Help someone reduce their use;
  • Help get a loved one to treatment/other recovery program; and
  • To increase wellness and decrease stress for the whole family.

This weekly group is open to the public and uses the Zoom platform. The Zoom Link Meeting ID: 838 9268 7216, and the Passcode is 295268.

The virtual program will take place at 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22; Wednesday, June 29; and Wednesday, July 6.

“As loved ones, we have a unique experience and with that a unique expertise. We know them, we know their why, we can see behaviors, actions, and their use a mile away,” the CFLR announcement said. “We can use this expertise to help move someone into their recovery journey. At the same time, when we’ve been fighting so hard, we also know that our wellness takes a hit and that this family journey is a delicate balance between our fight for them and our fight for our own wellness. CRAFT gives us an amazing set of tools that tackles both.”

CFLR supports individuals and families struggling with addiction, mental health, and behavioral issues by inspiring hope, providing help, promoting wellness, and transforming lives, officials said.

To learn more, email Esposito at fesposito@cflrinc.org; go online to www.whenthereshelpthereshope.com; or call 315-733-1709.

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