1N5 Attends Living Healthier in 2020 Youth Track at NKU

On Saturday, November 2nd, 1N5 attended the Living Healthier in 2020 Youth Track sponsored by Northern Kentucky University and St. Elizabeth Healthcare. The event focused on stress and anxiety and how to manage both.

The sessions, aimed at parents, educators, and individuals who work with youth, discussed how unresolved, chronic stress erodes mental and physical health in children, youth, and adults. As one of several community organizations that were involved in the event, 1N5 provided resources and information about awareness and education for mental health in adolescents. Dr. Robert Shapiro of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Dr. Chris Tuell of The Lindner Center of HOPE, and Ms. Melissa Adamchik of Tri-State Trauma Network were all featured speakers aimed toward adults. Featured events for youth included Methods for Managing Stress, ACT (act, care, tell) scenarios, and a simulation center for hands-on medical activities, all led by NKU faculty and students.

At the event, 1N5 facilitated an hour-long session utilizing part of the evidence-based Sources of Strength peer-leading training. Youth ranging in age from 9 to 24 years old actively participated in both the games and learning about the Sources of Strength wheel. The Sources of Strength wheel focuses on building up students’ projective factors to increase resiliency so that when they are met with the challenges life brings, they can rely on numerous Sources of Strength (family support, positive friends, mentors, healthy activities, generosity, spirituality, medical access, and mental health). Sources of Strength programs are in over 4,000 schools in the US and are listed on SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.