#1 Thing

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This year, START has had the privilege of linking arms with the #zeroreasonswhy teen council, a local mental health campaign tackling the issue of teen suicide in Johnson County. At a recent teen council meeting, teen were asked a poignant question: “What is the number one thing adults can do to support your mental health?”

One young man’s answer stopped us in our tracks: “Put your phones down and listen to us.”

It can be hard to find time to set your screen aside and connect with your kids, but the investment is worth it. This weekend might be the perfect chance to find a few moments to step away from screens, and listen intentionally to the people who matter most.

Krista Boan