Festival Raises Awareness of Teen Mental Health Resources
Hope Means Nevada, the community-based non-profit focused on eliminating youth suicide in the state, will host the Rising Hope Festival on Saturday, Nov. 6. This FREE, statewide virtual festival will raise awareness of how mental wellness saves lives and help those struggling with mental illness find resources and community. The impact of COVID-19 means people of all ages, including teens, may be encountering higher levels of stress, anxiety and depression—and Nevada’s teen suicide rate is already among the highest in the nation.
This year’s theme is “Can Anyone See I’m Struggling? Teen Stories of Being Seen.” The festival will showcase a variety of entertaining and informative programming designed to engage teens, their parents, families, counselors and anyone else who wants to learn more about how to safeguard their own mental health and that of their friends and loved ones. Topics to be addressed include anxiety and depression, bullying, sexual orientation and peer pressure.
Maxx Crosby, Las Vegas Raiders
Raiders player Solomon Thomas, The Defensive Line
Pato Banton, reggae singer
Ray and Paul Holmberg
Kristina Cullinane, NFL Cheerleader
Mackenzie Vojvoda, NFL Cheerleader
Saturday, Nov. 6
3 to 6 p.m.
Members of the public can register to participate in the virtual festival at this link: https://bit.ly/3oEW5Me
The event is made possible thanks to community sponsors including, Foundation XNL, Gard and Florence Jameson, Hugh Anderson Hightower Las Vegas, Intermountain Healthcare, The NV Energy Foundation, PediPed, Renown Health Foundation, Sheer Family Foundation, SilverSummit Health Plan, and Wynn Resorts.
ABOUT HOPE MEANS NEVADA
Hope Means Nevada is a community-based initiative of non-profit Nevada Medical Center focused on reversing the youth suicide trend in Nevada by inspiring a culture of empathy and advocacy around mental health. Created to raise overall awareness around Nevada’s high rates of mental health and teen suicide in Nevada, Hope Means Nevada acknowledges teens may be encountering increased levels of stress, anxiety and depression due to the impact of COVID-19. For more information about Hope Means Nevada, go to www.hopemeansnevada.org, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
The National Suicide Prevention Hotline number is (800) 273-8255 or Text “Home” to 741741.