Event highlights kids’ mental health

Published 9:55 pm Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Western Tidewater Community Services Board is hosting an event at Constant’s Wharf on Saturday to raise awareness about the impact of behavioral health disorders among children.

According to Brandon Rodgers, administrator of program and service development with the board, one in five children either has a mental illness or has experienced mental illness at some point.

“As the public mental health, intellectual disabilities, and substance abuse services department for the Western Tidewater area, Western Tidewater Community Services Board recognizes the need to raise awareness of the impact of behavioral health disorders on children and their families,” Rodgers stated in a news release.

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Saturday’s Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The board’s Sheronda Farrow, a clinical psychologist, is billed as the guest speaker, and the event will include children’s activities such as a rock wall and inflatables, as well as an open-mic session and basketball.

Roy and Ricky’s Catering will provide food, while supplies last. Entry is via a canned food donation, which will go to local food pantries. The first 50 children with a canned food donation will receive a free T-shirt.

“A variety of community partners will be on hand to provide activities for children to participate in,” according to Rodgers.