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KCPS recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month
Shown here are representatives of the 20 or so local agency and organization partners supporting mental health that participated in a resource fair at Kent County High School Wednesday, May 18.
Shown here are representatives of the 20 or so local agency and organization partners supporting mental health that participated in a resource fair at Kent County High School Wednesday, May 18.

WORTON — Kent County Public Schools is recognizing May as Mental Health Awareness Month.

The school system held resource fairs and awareness-raising activities for students throughout the week of May 16-20.

"Youth mental health is directly related to school success. It is connected to students' academics, behavior and social involvement," said Courtney Miller, the school social worker at Kent County High School. 

Kent County High School offered a Mental Health Resource Fair Wednesday, May 18.

The fair was hosted by the Kent County High School Mental Health Club and the Kent County Local Management Board.
About 20 vendors and community stakeholders — from local government agencies to Eastern Shore-based nonprofit organizations — participated. 

Another resource fair was held Thursday, May 19 at Kent County Middle School with many of the same participants offering mental health-related information to students.

"Students were engaged, curious and excited about visiting the vendors. Some shared they had no idea there were so many services to support mental health in Kent County," Miller said.

The elementary schools also held informative events highlighting the importance of mental health throughout the week of May 16-20.

Among the participating organizations in a Mental Health Resource Fair held at Kent County High School Wednesday May 18 were Mid Shore Behavioral Health, Minary's Dream Alliance and the Kent County Local Management Board. From left are Audra Cherbonnier and Sarah Fegan of Mid Shore Behavioral Health; Minary's Dream Alliance co-founder Doncella Wilson; and Alisha White, Jamar Abner and Rosemary Ramsey Granillo of the Kent County Local Management Board.

Jessica Carey, left, and Jenna Dolch of the Kent County Family YMCA participate in the Mental Health Resource Fair held Thursday, May 19 at Kent County Middle School.
 
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