Normal
Is Overrated

Date

June 8, 2024

Time

11 am - 2 pm

Location

Florida Southwestern State College
8099 College Parkway
Fort Myers, FL 33919
Building U – Room 102

A Community Event Breaking Down Barriers to Teen Mental Health

Normal is Overrated is an annual community-wide event inviting teens and young adults, along with their families, friends, advocates, health professionals, and community partners, to join together in busting through the walls of shame and alienation associated with mental and behavioral health to open the doors to acceptance and inclusivity.

An interactive and informative event created by students, Normal is Overrated shines a light on the mental and behavioral health struggles teens and young people face. This year’s program will include:

  • Inspiring stories with first-hand experience
  • Art therapy and interpretive dance performance
  • Opportunity to connect with mental health services and resources available in SWFL
Normal is Overrated
Normal is Overrated Event Photo

A Safe Space for All

Normal is Overrated is creating a space in the community for open and supportive conversations around mental health. Coming together with an open mind and heart, this is an opportunity for each of us to explore and deepen our understanding of acceptance and compassion while continuing to raise awareness and promote meaningful conversations about mental health.

Teens & Young Adults

This is an opportunity to connect and hear from students in your community who are experiencing similar struggles with their mental and behavioral health. You are not alone; we are here to help and support you.

Family
& Friends

One of the best ways to support your loved one with their mental and behavioral health issues is to listen. Hear from the experiences of local young people and mental health experts to discover how you can support their journey.

Community Partners & Advocates

Whether you are a mental health professional, a health care provider, or an advocate passionate about improving the stigma around mental and behavioral health, your participation helps teens find the support they need.

Start the Conversation

Led by students, Normal is Overrated features Student Advocates who will share their own stories about their struggles with mental and behavioral health. By sharing their experience, they want you to know you are not alone. And together, we can bring down stigmas and find our way to acceptance.
Saylor Davis

Saylor Davis

I am currently in 10th grade, and I am actively involved in my high school’s Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Future Health Professionals program and the Student Government Association. One thing that is really important to me is mental health advocacy, and my future goal is to be part of ensuring everyone has access to quality medical care for all aspects of their health. I’m also a big animal lover and enjoy volunteering at RAIN (Rescue Animals in Need). After high school, I plan to study neuroscience in college and eventually earn a PhD to become a neurologist.
Andrea Gijon

Andrea Gijon

I am 18 and a senior in high school. I am involved in a lot of different things: I’m part of the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Explorers Post, and I’m actually the President of the Florida Sherrif’s Explorer Association State Board. At school, I am a majorette in the marching band, and I’m also a member of the dance team. Some of my hobbies include painting, writing, Bible study, and spending time with my family. After graduation, I’ll be attending Florida Southwestern College to earn my associate degree. From there, I plan to transfer to Florida Gulf Coast University to study political science and international business for my bachelor’s degree. Ultimately, my dream is to become a successful businesswoman and then pursue a career in politics.
Blas Molina, IV

Blas Molina, IV

I am 16 and in high school. I enjoy listening to music, and my taste is pretty eclectic, with a preference for rock or tunes that barely fall under any genre. In my free time, I like to read webcomics, hang out with friends, and play video games. I am really into indie video games, especially rogue-style ones. I am an active member in my high school’s board game club, and I have plans to attend summer school this year to take extra classes. This way, I can free up time on my schedule for classes I am excited to learn from in the upcoming fall semester. Once I graduate, I hope to pursue a career in chemistry or computer science.

2023 Normal is Overrated

We invite you to view last year’s Normal is Overrated event to see the transformative power of inspiring stories and open conversations and how they can break down barriers and stigmas surrounding behavioral and mental health.

Register for Normal is Overrated 2024

Register below for your free ticket to Normal is Overrated.

Your generous support through donations is both welcome and appreciated.

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Get Involved

Students

Interested in joining the Normal is Overrated committee? Join us in making a difference!

Vendors

Interested in showcasing your mental health services and the resources you have available to young people in our community?

Sponsors

Interested in sponsoring this event? The kindness and generosity of our sponsors like you make Normal is Overrated possible.

For any of these opportunities, please connect with Lorena Rodriguez at Golisano Children’s Hospital.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Open Doors to Acceptance & Inclusivity

Your sponsorship makes conversations around mental health possible, fostering acceptance and inclusivity in our community. Join us in supporting this impactful event.
  • Prominent recognition as either the Food or AV sponsor
  • Opportunity to share a 2-minute video during the event
  • Priority seating for up to 6 guests
  • 1/2 page ad in the event program
  • All benefits from the $2,500 level
  • Opportunity to showcase a therapeutic skill/activity at an event table (examples: journaling prompts, coloring, gratitude statements, positive affirmations, etc.)
  • Recognition on Kids’ Minds Matter social channels, event promotions, and event signage

For any of these opportunities, please connect with Lorena Rodriguez at Golisano Children’s Hospital.

Event Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Kids' Minds Matter advocates for mental health logo

Water Sponsor

Jason's Deli Logo

Wellness Ally Sponsor