Ascension Village recently had the privilege of participating in the Queens Borough President Mental Wellness Basketball Clinic, an event that not only promoted physical health but also placed a strong emphasis on the mental well-being of our community's teens. Our time at this remarkable event allowed us to connect with some incredible individuals and organizations, all dedicated to the cause of teen mental wellness.
In this blog post, we'll take you through our memorable experience, the fantastic people we met, and the importance of nurturing the mental well-being of our young generations.
Meeting the Champions of Mental Wellness:
At the clinic, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to meet Professor Rajen Persaud from York College, Ray Martinez from Metro Plus Health, and Sergeant Clarke. Their presence was a testament to the growing awareness of the vital connection between physical and mental health. Professor Persaud and Ray Martinez even had a hand massage table set up, demonstrating the importance of relaxation techniques in promoting mental well-being.
Teen Mental Wellness in Focus:
One of the highlights of our day was connecting with Khaleel, Timothy, and Clare, the dedicated organizers of the clinic. Their passion for teen mental wellness was evident in every aspect of the event. From the engaging basketball games to the insightful workshops, they created an environment where young people could not only thrive physically but also find support for their mental health.
A Tribute to Friendship:
One truly heartwarming moment of the day came when Kendall Byron played in honor of his friend, Chris. Kendall's dedication to the game and the cause resonated with everyone present. It served as a poignant reminder of the importance of supporting one another through life's challenges, especially during the formative teenage years.
The Power of Community:
As we tabled at the event, we were touched by the conversations we had with members of our community. Parents, teenagers, and educators shared their experiences, concerns, and hopes for teen mental wellness. These discussions reinforced our belief in the power of community support in nurturing the mental health of our youth.
Our experience at the Queens Borough President Donovan Richard's Mental Wellness Basketball Clinic was both inspiring and heartening. It reaffirmed the importance of focusing on the mental wellness of our teenagers and the power of community support in achieving this goal. We extend our heartfelt thanks to Khaleel, Timothy, Clare, Kendall Byron, and all the individuals and organizations who made this event possible.
Together, we can continue to champion teen mental wellness and create a brighter future for our young generations.