Children's Mental Health Awareness Day Event May 8

Kimberlee Turner Published:

On Thursday May 8, the Kentucky Partnership for Families and Children (KPFC) will be hosting an event for the 10th Annual Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day at Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 West Broadway, Frankfort, Ky. from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required for lunch. Exhibitors will provide information and resources for families and children.

Jordan-Paige Nichols, a University of Louisville student and published author will be signing the latest of her five novels, “Conner”. Young adult readers will be intrigued by the main character who works through a mental health illness after witnessing a teen suicide.

This year’s theme, From Hear to There; A Journey of Life focuses on preventing, treating and promoting recovery from substance abuse by youth.  According to the 2013 Youth Risk Behavioral Survey, 62 percent of Kentucky high school students report they have had alcohol, better than 30 percent report they have had a drink in the last 30 days and 34 percent of high school students report they have used marijuana in their lifetime with 21 percent say they have been offered, sold or given an illegal drug in school.

Associate Director for KPFC Joy Varney knows first-hand how substance abuse can affect a family. While a college student, her son became addicted to heroin.  “It’s devastating.  I can’t tell you how devastating,” Varney said. “It will knock you to your knees.”

The Kentucky Partnership for Families and Children provides a united voice dedicated to improving services for children in Kentucky with emotional, social, and behavioral challenges.

A native of Pikeville, Ky., Jordan-Paige Nichols is an acclaimed author of five published novels written for young adult readers.  Jordan attends the University of Louisville majoring in psychology with a concentration in social sciences and a minor in creative writing.

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