Students join CTC for special mental health awareness event

Student-led tie-dye activity set for May 1

LEWISTOWN — “Slowly replacing negative thoughts with beautiful colors and positive energy” is the theme and inspiration for a joint effort between Communities that Care (CTC) and students in the Mifflin County School District. The most recent Pennsylvania Youth Survey data from 2017 indicates that 39.8 percent of local youth in grades six through 12 struggle with depression. In addition, 36.7 percent of youth feel they are “no good at all” and 26 percent indicated that they think “life is not worth it.” These statistics motivated CTC volunteers and local high school students to bring awareness and action to the community to combat these issues.

From 3:15-7:15 p.m. May 1, a student-lead tie-dye activity will be held in front of the Mifflin County High School. Local youth are encouraged to tie-dye a free T-shirt in support of Mental Health Awareness Month. Students also challenge community members and agencies to bring a white T-shirt and join them in support of this cause. Anyone who makes a T-shirt is urged to wear it on May 10 to honor mental health awareness, increase suicide prevention/awareness, promote overall kindness and acceptance, and fill the community with beautiful colors and positive energy.

This event is possible because of numerous volunteers and support from local businesses and agencies. In addition to CTC volunteers, teacher Maggie Pascoe and students Maci Tomlinson, Jonathan Yourchak, Natalie Lavelle, Chloe Everly, Courtney Rhoades, Macy Snyder, Adriene Pennebaker, Kolbi Knode, Madeline Torquato, McKenna Smith, Abbie Treaster, Sydnee Kammerer and Tucker Niece are the passionate committee leading this initiative. Community contributions include T-shirts donated by CTC, $100 sponsorship for the event provided by Lewistown Printworks and tie-dye supplies purchased by Center for Community Action.

For more information on this event or how to get involved with Communities That Care, contact Aleta Kammerer at (717) 248-4942, ext. 120.