(Zara, Kim, Destiney, Corinne, Ahmed, LYAC Grandmother Jeanne Raymond, Feysal, Kadence, Ava, Samiira, and Annie; Fadumo and Asha were also present but not pictured)
Lewiston community members talked and truly listened to each other at the December 8, 2022, Be Kind To Your Mind Community Conversation About Mental Health Awareness held at Connors Elementary. The point that mental health is health period—just like a cold, broken leg, or another physical condition was repeatedly stressed.
The exchange was honest and powerful, and Mayor Carl L. Sheline praised the hosting Lewiston Youth Advisory Council (LYAC) for being in tune with the community’s needs. Councilor Linda Scott, City Council liaison to the youth council, also praised LYAC for helping people feel comfortable to open up and share.
A panel of professionals fielded audience questions from elected officials, parents, youth, and teachers. On site were: Colin O’Neill, Tri-County Mental Health Services Chief Clinical Officer; Amran Osman, Generational Noor Executive Director and Founder; Megan Parks, Licensed Social Worker/Substance Use Counselor/Clinical Supervisor; Lisa Escobar, Lewiston Public Schools Substance Use Coordinator/Licensed Counselor; and Lewiston Police Detective Joe Philippon.