Christian County Public Schools will be handing out “Mindfulness Grab and Go Kits” on Saturday Oct. 16, starting at 9 a.m, at The Public Library.

The mindfulness kits will be available to all kids and teens.

Cassie Doughertyc who’s the District Mental Health Provider for Christian County Public Schools, expressed how much she looks forward the event.

“These mindfulness kits are needed. They bring awareness to the kids in our community and to their parents,” she said. “These kits bring discussions, questions and awareness.”

Each kit will contain multiple items, in particular a story book for the kids to read and discuss among families. As for the teens, each kit will include a mindfulness coloring book.

Matt Haig once said, “Mental health problems don’t define who you are. They are something you experience. You walk in the rain and you feel the rain, but you are not the rain.”

These type of events are needed within the community, especially while being in the midst of a pandemic. Mental Health is essential for all ages, both in adulthood and childhood. Mental health effects everything regarding how you think, feel and act as you face life’s situations. Mental health affects how you handle stress, how you relate to another, and how you make decisions. Understanding the importance of having a healthy mindset will allow you to move through life with tools on how to handle life’s highs and lows. It makes a difference when children are granted the right to learn and comprehend emotions. The Grab and Go Kits highlight just that. Having the understanding of emotional intelligence is the ability to manage your feelings as well as recognize emotional distress in others.

“In the past, we have had a phenomenal response. These kits are rooted in mindfulness,” said library executive director DeAnna Sova. “I think it’s awesome that Christian County Public School is providing an event like this, the library is just so excited to collaborate.”

The Mindfulness Grab and Go Kits are also a form of love for oneself. When it comes to your mental health, self-care can help you manage stress, lower your risk of illness, and increase your energy. Small acts of self-care in your daily life can have a big impact. Self-care is part of the answer to how we can all better cope with daily stressors.

Make your mental health a priority. Stop by the public library Saturday morning, October 16, 2021 at 9 a.m., and grab a kit for yourself or a loved one. The Public Library is located downtown at 1101 Bethel St, Hopkinsville, KY 42240.

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