LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) — Horizon Behavioral Health is sharing a message of hope and resiliency ahead of students' return to the classroom.
The 2020 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) showed an increasing trend in feelings of sadness and hopelessness amongst high school students in Lynchburg over the past five years (LCS School Health Advisory Committee). Similarly, only 30% of adults in the United States, ages 18 and older, reported feeling hopeful about the future in the 2021 Stress in America Survey (American Psychological Association).
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Horizon said they are proud to invest in the future growth and well-being of residents in Central Virginia. They are doing this by emphasizing the importance of positive messaging as a factor for building safe, happy, and healthy communities.
“The science behind resiliency shows us that messages of hope and trusted support systems are equally impactful for all ages, across all neighborhoods, and all people,” says Januwaa Davis, Prevention Program Manager at Horizon. “In the face of an ever-changing landscape at home, at school, and at play, our ability to respond to stress, everyday challenges, and unexpected setbacks are crucial in creating a nourishing environment where youth, adults, and families can thrive as they aspire to reach their goals.”
Back by popular demand, Horizon said they are offering yard signs to the community to encourage neighborhoods to build their resiliency with positive messages of hope. Yard signs will be made available at no cost to individuals residing in the Counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell, and the City of Lynchburg.
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Yard Signs, free medication lock boxes, medication disposal bags, gun locks, and additional resiliency resources can be picked up at one of Horizon’s Wellness Centers from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm according to the following schedule:
Horizon said they are also partnering with local school systems to continue resiliency work in the school setting, where they said youth are strengthened by protective factors such as a healthy and supportive learning environment, parent engagement, connectedness, and community involvement.