Saturday is the third annual MyFest event out a Tempe town Lake. This is a huge Magellan-organized youth event aimed at combating stigma associated with mental illness and is a great opportunity to get positive messages out there to youth across the state. We expect several thousand youth to be there.
It’s a youth involvement festival, featuring live music, entertainment, art, food, and information about resources and services from a wide-variety of youth and family-based Valley organizations, produced by MY LIFE. Last year more than 2,500 people, the festival and gave youth and families the opportunity to get involved and learn about employment, volunteering, youth programs and other community activities. To view news footage and video highlights of MY Fest ’08 & ’09, click HERE.
The festival will be held Saturday, April 3 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Tempe Beach Park. Free parking is available across the street from the park in the US Airways garage next to the US Airways building, between 3rd Street and Rio Salado. Or you can take the rail top the Mill Ave & 3rd St stop and walk North a couple blocks.
As a police officer working in the UK I have seen many cases of mental illness and personality disorder in the young people that come into contact with the legal system. Many of the drug misusers I have met seem to be ‘self-medicating’ a mental or emotional condition.
So, it’s great to see some real positive action to bring up the profile of this subject and provide some alternatives to social isolation and slipping into involvement in crime.
It’s a really great to see young people to be involved in that kind of event . I’m from Germany and here in Stuttgart have similar events.