This blog is a landing place to maintain a public record of the important advocacy work of YouthMOVE Athens (county) Ohio. YouthMOVE is a national organization organized with state, regional and county chapters. Athens, Meigs and Vinton counties make up our regional chapter. Youth from Athens County may participate in local, regional, state and occasionally national advocacy campaigns.
May is mental health awareness month and May 9th is Child Mental Health Awareness Day. Youth in Ohio began a tradition 14 years ago to hold a rally at the Ohio State House in order to bring awareness to children's & young adults's mental health needs. Participants were fed lunch and given "swag" such as t-shirts & drawstring bags. There were a variety of speakers including: NAMI, Parents, Youth Leaders, Youth, the director of OHMAS, a juvenile court judge and 2 politicians. The rally always concludes with the formation of a Resiliency Ring on the State House lawn. Following the rally, participants made their way to a resource fair held at a nearby exhibition hall. Athens County youth Jade, Teagan and Kenna helped facilitate the event.
Check out the slideshow below of the 14th Annual Resiliency Ring.