Rotary Club Of Yarmouth Engages Youth To talk About Mental Health

Posted on Thursday, December 7, 2017 11:50 AM

(Emma Little (L) and Kerry Muise in Y95 studio for Weekender interview)

Two tragedies in Yarmouth nearly two years ago drove home the point that more open dialogue is needed about mental health.

The Rotary Club of Yarmouth took the challenge following the separate suicides of two teens, a girl in grade 8 and a boy in grade 10.

Rotary Club president Kerry Muise says it rocked the community and the club so they reached out to many resources, knowing they needed to help teens and youth start talking about mental health.

"From there we knew our focus needed to be on youth. Empowering youth. Helping them feel part of the community. Also we brought in some speakers to help them talk about mental health. We found out they do want to talk about mental health."

Emma Little, president of the Interact Club at the Yarmouth High School says the Rotary Club has encouraged students to talk with each other about mental health issues.

"Rotary managed to sponsor a speaker, Mitch Dorge, to come and talk about these things and it really helped students to talk about mental health issues."

The full interview with Kerry Muise and Emma Little can be heard on the CJLS Weekender Sunday morning.