Thursday, April 27, 2023

School district hosts local health fair Saturday

More than 70 booths focused on mental health and overall wellness as well as creative stations for children, therapy dogs and a “healing with horses” demonstration will fill Kellogg Park in downtown Plymouth this Saturday. Free food, a family fun zone and music will also be featured at the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools mental health fair set for 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29.

Representatives of the school district and several community partners are planning the second annual event to help provide more information about mental health, ways to find support and resources and enjoy food and fun activities.

“Plymouth-Canton Community Schools is excited to stand with our community partners so we can wrap our arms around the challenges of mental and behavioral health together, and that's why we encourage everyone to check out our free mental health fair,” said Dr. Monica L. Merritt, superintendent of schools. “Mental health is as important as physical health, and we look forward to sharing information at our fair to support families across our community.”

Premier sponsors of the event include Henry Ford Health, Metro EHS Pediatric Therapy, Community Financial, Michigan Educational Credit Union, Verita Telecommunications Corp., Growth Works, the City of Plymouth, Plymouth Township and Canton Township.

“Families can gain valuable insights into the importance of mental health and wellness at Plymouth-Canton Community Schools' Second Annual Mental Health Fair,” said Kathy Grodus, district psychologist and mental health manager at the Office of Student and Family Engagement. “Children and adolescents today are confronting a number of mental health challenges, with depression and anxiety being among the most common issues seen in schools. These problems can have a profound impact, leaving students feeling sad, hopeless, and disengaged from activities they once enjoyed. At P-CCS's fair, families can learn about mental health and wellness resources, as well as available support. By partnering with our mental health agencies and working collaboratively, we can create a brighter and more inclusive future for everyone.”