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Teens can learn to take charge of their mental well-being

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

Teens especially need to know they can take charge of their well-being. University of Illinois Extension is hosting a 3-part workshop for teens ages 13 and older called Your Thoughts Matter. This in-person program to be held at the Palestine Library guides youth in learning more about mental health, why it is important to their overall well-being, and actions to promote understanding at home, school, and community.

Susan Sloop, the 4-H Youth Development Educator for Clark, Crawford, and Edgar counties, will be leading the discussions on March 17, 24, and 31 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. According to Sloop, "We want to teach teens to be part of the solution, and give them tools to promote action."

To register for Your Thoughts Matter, please visit online at by Monday, March 7.

This program is not 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. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, contact Sloop at