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Richmond library introduces free mental health series program

Online program teaches kids how to manage mental health issues during COVID-19.
Dr. MacNamara, Miller and Ionita
Three professionals will be leading a free mental wellness program hosted by the Richmond Public Library in January. Photo: Richmond Public Library

A free program that teaches children and teens how to deal with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues is being offered by the Richmond Public Library (RPL) in January.

The library is partnering with Pathways Clubhouse, a local mental wellness non-profit, and Beyond the Blues, a mental well-being awareness campaign, to host the program series for families and parents.

Topics include the impact the digital world is having on social interactions, strategies for strengthening family relationships, managing anxiety and stress, and building resiliency.

 “Many young people are struggling during the pandemic, and the library is pleased to welcome Dr. MacNamara, Dr. Miller and Dr. Ionita to discuss and explore the topic of mental health for families,” says Kate Adams, head of children and family services at the RPL.

“This series will provide participants with skills and resources to help them support their children or teens as they continue to navigate through the pandemic and beyond.”

The programs will take place on Jan. 13, 20 and 27 online.

Visit the RPL’s website for more information and to register.