Chicago students participate in Mental Health Action Day

On Thursday, Mental Health Action Day, CBS partnered with MTV to give grants to local nonprofits that aim to improve people’s mental health. One of the recipients in Chicago is Gabriel’s Light, an organization that works to prevent youth suicide through education and kindness campaigns.

CBS 2 visited the Chicago Youth Center in North Lawndale, where an event for grade school children was held. At the event, kids listened to a presentation and took part in workshops where they created compliment cards and positive affirmation cards. Kate Bridgeman, the marketing director at Gabriel’s Light, emphasized the importance of taking action to help friends and encouraging kids to tell a trusted adult if they are facing mental health challenges.

Gabriel’s Light promotes “kindness to self” and “kindness to others.” Kids at the event were tasked with giving the compliment cards to their peers, fostering a supportive environment among friends. Kim Harrigan, the community development director for Gabriel’s Light, explained that they incorporate art-based projects into their programs because art is a way for children to relieve stress and focus on something positive.

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