Today (May 2), Frederick Dryden, executive director and founder of Liberty for Youth, dropped by Burlington City Hall during his Recovery Run for Youth to speak to us about youth mental health.
Between April 28, 2022 and May 7th, Liberty For Youth will host a 10-day, Recovery Run For Youth fundraising event. The run will take place around the cities of Burlington, Hamilton, Brantford, the County of Brant, and the Six Nations of the Grand River Communities and surrounding areas.
Each day, Frederick and our Liberty for Youth council members will run a half marathon (21 km) and inspire the community during 21 speaking engagements.
It was so inspiring to meet Frederick and hear his passion for mental health supports for youth that has become that much more serious since the COVID-19 pandemic. Acknowledging the challenge is one step toward recovery and health.
The primary message of the Recovery Run for Youth is HOPE.
Frederick and his team are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of youth who are in need of help by raising funds and awareness through the Recovery Run for Youth.
There is certainly a mental health pandemic that is running parallel to the COVID-19 pandemic, and many people are experiencing the negative effect that social isolation can have on a person’s ability to be resilient.
Social media has certainly become a tool that can connect us when we cannot be together in person, however, the negativity that is shared on social media platforms sometimes has limited positivity to balance the equation.
Frederick says “the time to recover is now,” and he has a 3-year plan through Liberty for Youth to restore and amplify positivity. The pandemic had a negative impact on the mental health of all ages, and even young children are feeling the effects of social isolation.
Liberty for Youth acquired a ranch in the Brant County where it has a number of animals to help in therapy for youth to assist in building confidence and with anger management.
For more details, visit https://www.libertyforyouth.org/locations or click here: Liberty for Youth Recovery Run for Youth Backgrounder.