Kids’ Minds Matter is making a significant difference in the lives of Southwest Florida children and families. And yet, the need is greater than ever as the mental health epidemic continues to escalate within our community. We need your support to take back the narrative and tell stories that matter.
Help us write a new chapter that will change the future for kids today and for generations to come. With your support, we can continue improving access to care by:
Kelly’s journey commenced in middle school amidst struggles with severe anxiety and depression, culminating in a survival from a suicide attempt. Years later, during a college leave for residential treatment, she realized her story started earlier. Living with and overcoming PTSD, anxiety, OCD, and depression has fueled her with newfound inspiration and empowerment. Sharing her narrative, Kelly aspires to convey to youth that “you are never alone” and it’s acceptable to not always be okay.
Post-earning a ’22 Psychology degree from FGCU, Kelly embraced mental health advocacy. She’s spoken at conferences, interned in behavioral health with Healthy Lee and Kids Minds Matter, and is training as a youth mental health speaker with Minding Your Mind.
For more than 35 years, Dr. Michael Rizzo has worked with children who present with unexpected social, emotional, behavioral and/or academic difficulties. Dr. Rizzo is no stranger to these challenges, as he also struggled as a child. He was later diagnosed with ADHD, anxiety and dyslexia.
Perceived laziness, poor attitude, difficulty sustaining attention, anxiety and mood disturbances are often symptoms, not the causes of a child’s shortcomings. Dr. Rizzo’s philosophy is that no child is lazy. Every child strives to do well and make their parents and teachers proud. By specializing in the innovative science of the brain, Dr. Rizzo has dedicated his life to preventing children from being misunderstood simply because they are neurodiverse.
Your event sponsorship of the 2024 Kids’ Minds Matter Gala will make a tangible difference in expanding access to mental health services and programs. As one of our valued sponsors, you will also receive benefits and recognition during our signature gala event. To secure your sponsorship, email Anne.Frazier@LeeHealth.org.
Please submit your registration by February 1 for this community-focused event.
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