GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — U.S. teens will share mental health resources with parents and other adults including teachers, coaches, youth group leaders and others Robbie’s Hope reports.
Robbies Hope Foundation will be sponsoring the 2021 HOPEfull Drive which will take place Jan. 21 and Feb. 7.
“Teens with depression and anxiety often don’t know how to share their feelings with others or feel there is a stigma attached to admitting they need help. While it can feel uncomfortable and awkward to bring up, one of the most important first steps in helping a struggling teen is starting ongoing conversations about their mental health,” Kari Eckert, Executive Director of Robbie’s Hope Foundation, said. “We developed the HOPEfull Drive to encourage these one-on-one dialogues and we are excited to see the program grow as more and more teens get involved and engage with the adults in their lives,” she said.
“Robbie’s Hope teen Ambassadors will be posting information online, setting up booths at their schools, attending outdoor events, and having thousands of personal conversations about mental health. We hope that by fostering dialogue to destigmatize mental health issues, we can help provide a path towards teaching our community how to start a discussion and save a life.” Eckert said.
Robbie’s Hope Ambassador started in fall of 2020 and there are nearly 2,000 Ambassadors nationally. For more information about the HOPEfull Drive, the Adult Handbook or Robbie’s Hope Foundation, reach out via email.