Mental health club started for local youth in Carroll, Lee and Whiteside counties

Health is an important part of 4-H. After all, an entire H is devoted to it! Just like exercise and nutrition are a part of good health, mental health plays an important role in our daily living.

University of Illinois Extension is hosting a six-part online series for youth ages 13 and older called Your Thoughts Matter.  This state-wide program will be facilitated by local Extension offices, and will help teens learn to define mental health, how to talk about it with family and friends, and how to help themselves and others.

This online program qualifies as a SPIN or special interest club at the local level. Youth, who do not need to belong to 4-H, will log into weekly Zoom calls on November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and December 7 from 4 to 5 PM Central Time. Register online or for more information contact 815-632-3611.

This SPIN club is not intended as a resource for those in crisis. If you or someone you know is struggling with a mental health issue, please seek adult or professional help immediately.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. For reasonable accommodation to participate in the webinars, contact Karla Belzer at