February is Youth Mental Health Awareness Month

Growing up during the large mental health decline caused by the pandemic has created or amplified a lot of distress among all ages. Bella Durbin, a senior at OTHS, will present at an event where kids will be read “Little Humans, Big Feelings” by Sandye Zdanwic, participate in a brief breathing exercise to calm anxieties, create a pom-pom “fit” they can used when upset, learn what a “calm box” is, practice mindfulness with a short balance game, create a “community chart” to help them realize they have people to help them, and color soothing repetitive patterns. Parents are more than welcome to stay and learn how to take care of their mental health as well. 

When: Saturday, February 11 at 10AM

Who: Children Kindergarten-6th grade

Where: The Community Room at the O'Fallon Public Library

Bella Durbin has been a Girl Scout since Kindergarten and is currently a senior at OTHS. She has always been interested in promoting more mental health education in schools and is thrilled to be working on her Gold Award which focuses on mental health education and awareness people of all ages. “Big Feelings: Mental Health Awareness for Kids” is the first event in a series she is planning and focuses on helping kids learn and take care of their mental health. 

This is a free event that is offered to the public. You do not need a library card to participate!

Space is limited. Registration is required 

Contact Youth Services for more information - [email protected]