Mar 18, 2013 10:35 AM by Evan Weborg (Helena)
A Helena youth group is getting national recognition for their advocacy in mental health.
The Hope & Advocacy Youth Group consists of four young adults that are paving the way in Montana with their message on dealing with mental health issues.
Mari Antcliff, Dylan Henry, Morgan Henry, and Travis Henry have traveled to about every corner in Montana sharing their story on mental illness which is leaving a lasting impact.
Mari Antcliff explained, "Even if you don't have the courage to say you have mental illness or you don't want the help, just know that you are not alone and you do have kids that can help you and don't give up on anything because you can get help and you can recover."
Travis said, "I feel that it has been effective in some way because I think that is is kind of an eye opener for some people. Some of these illnesses are not really known that well and except if you were to live that experience yourself."
Dylan said, "I think you are tough, if you are who you are and you just be who you want to be, I think that is how you get tougher as a person."
It that type of message that has landed the Hope & Advocacy Youth Group with first place award for the National Council for Community Behavioral Health for their advocacy.
Morgan said, "I think the fact that the way that we present and the fact that were brave enough to show our story and to educate all of these thousands of people. I always thought that I was just going to be in montana but now I feel like my voice is actually being heard."
The youth group will be honored for their first place award on April 9th in Las Vegas.