25 Jul MY LIFE Tallahassee Youth to Host “MY Fest” Community Event to Raise Awareness About Mental Health
MY LIFE (Magellan Youth Leaders Inspiring Future Empowerment) Tallahassee is hosting its signature youth event, MY Fest, on Saturday, July 27 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., in Kleman Plaza in downtown Tallahassee. MY Fest, which is making its first appearance in Florida, is an event produced almost entirely by its youth participants, and aims to raise awareness and reduce the stigma about mental health, substance abuse and foster care and juvenile justice-related issues. It features musical acts, dance performances, art exhibits, resources and information for youth and their families.
Pioneered by recognized behavioral health leader Magellan Health Services, which currently manages behavioral health care for more than 30 million individuals nationally including approximately 1 million Floridians, MY LIFE is a first-of-its-kind peer support program that is making a difference in the lives of young people. The group consists of young people between the ages of 13 and 23 who have experience with mental health, substance abuse, juvenile justice and foster care-related issues. MY LIFE gives youth the unique opportunity to share their personal stories through regular meetings, performances, special events, social media and local and national presentations.