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Date: August 28, 2020
Agent: Nicki Carpenter

Hello, this is Nicki Carpenter, 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent with North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Burke Center.

Mental health is a significant issue for young people in the U.S. Seven in ten teens are struggling with mental health. In a new survey from National 4-H Council, an overwhelming number of teens report feeling anxious, stressed or depressed amidst COVID-19. Nearly 55% of teens deal with increased levels of stress, uncertainty, sadness, and other feelings. Now more than ever, young people need a safe and inclusive space to talk and learn about their mental health.

The 4-H Healthy Living programming empowers youth to be healthy – body and mind – with the skills to make healthy decisions and lead healthy lifestyles. Having the confidence and skills to lead healthy lifestyles not only improves overall well-being; it enables youth to tackle life’s challenges today and become leaders in their lives, careers and communities as they grow into responsible adulthood.

The 4-H Healthy Living Program Areas support the:
The mind, with social and emotional well-being.
The body with fitness, health, nutrition and safety, and promote teen mentorship and leadership.

Teens are ready to lead and play a major role in the ongoing dialogue about mental health, and 4-H is helping to uplift the voices of teens who are already actively participating and driving change in their communities.

Join 4-H in starting a conversation on teen mental health.

For more information please call our office at 828-764-9480. Thank you , this has been Nicki Carpenter with North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Burke Center.