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Queens Library's Teen Mental Health Week

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 20 percent of youth ages 13-18 live with a mental health condition, and suicide is the third-leading cause of death in young people ages 10-24.

In honor of World Mental Health Day and Mental Illness Awareness Week, which are both held at the beginning of October, Queens Library is holding its first annual Teen Mental Health Week, from Tuesday, October 9 to Saturday, October 13.

We hope that our teenage patrons will join us for activities that will help them focus on self-care, provide them with resources on mental health, and give teens an opportunity to voice their thoughts and concerns about mental health.

 

 

 

Upcoming Programs

Changing Minds Film Series & Conversation

Queens Library has partnered with the progressive nonprofit Community Access to positively change how we think and talk about youth mental health issues. Community Access launched Changing Minds, a unique storytelling initiative that helps young people (ages 15-25) share their mental health stories in ways that spark meaningful conversation and bring about real change. This series will focus on the winning films from the Changing Minds Young Filmmaker Competition and have fun activities and conversation about the films.

Tuesday, October 9
4pm to 6pm
Cambria Heights Library

218-13 Linden Boulevard

Wednesday, October 10
4pm to 6pm
Queens Library for Teens

2002 Cornaga Avenue, Far Rockaway

Thursday, October 11
4pm to 5pm
Cambria Heights Library

218-13 Linden Boulevard

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Breathe, Let It Go

During this workshop, teens will explore different techniques and methods like meditation, breathing, and visualization to help them stay calm and collected, no matter what life throws at them. The workshop will be guided by Mariam Mouna, a Reiki practitioner and the founder of I See You Wellness. All attendees will receive an affirmation card to take home.

Tuesday, October 9
4pm to 5pm
Queens Library for Teens

2002 Cornaga Avenue, Far Rockaway

Wednesday, October 10
4pm to 6pm
Cambria Heights Library

218-13 Linden Boulevard

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Changing Minds Film Festival & Panel Discussion

Come see films from the Changing Minds Young Filmmaker Competition! These short films address important mental health topics, and they were all created by young adults. Following the short film screenings, you will have a chance to hear from and interact with the filmmakers and mental health professionals about some of the common issues that teens are experiencing and some trusted resources available in our communities. Get Your Free Tickets.

Wednesday, October 10
4pm to 6pm
Flushing Library

41-17 Main Street

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Youth Mental Health First Aid

As part of the City's ThriveNYC initiative, the NYC Health Department is offering free Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training to all New Yorkers. MHFA is a groundbreaking public education program that teaches the skills needed to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health and substance abuse challenges and crises. These events are sponsored by NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Please register online at https://cambriaheightslibrary.timetap.com. Please Note: Attendees must stay for the entire eight-hour training.

Saturday, October 13
9am to 5pm
Cambria Heights Library

218-13 Linden Boulevard

Sat, 2018-10-13 10:00