Forums offer resiliency tips for kids

VERGENNES — A coalition of the Vermont Department of Health and several Addison County human services providers will be sponsoring a series of free discussions in October to help parents teach “resiliency” skills to their children.

Recent surveys of Addison County students have shown a concerning trend of adolescents becoming despondent and believing their community has no use for them. These feelings can lead to depression, potentially leading to self-harm in some cases, according to local human services officials.

The upcoming youth resiliency series will involve four separate Thursday morning gatherings at Vergennes Union Elementary School, from 8 to 8:45 a.m., on October 4, 11, 18 and 25.

Participants will learn seven “building blocks for resiliency” that can help children thrive and take away easy tips and tools for raising children so that they can better handle the bumps and bruises that life has in store.

The Addison Independent will feature a more expansive report on the Addison County youth resiliency effort in its Thursday, Oct. 4 edition.

Child care, coffee and snacks will be provided. An RSVP is requested, especially from those who need childcare, to Elissa Best, ebest@, or (802) 877-3761.

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