Myke Selha presents at Iowa 4-H Youth Conference
July 1, 2019
Every June, nearly 900 teenagers from throughout Iowa attend the annual 4-H Youth Conference, held at Iowa State University. Assistant Professor of Social Work, Myke Selha, LISW, MSW was invited to present on the topic of Mental Health and Wellness. Mr. Selha collaborated with Marisue Hartung, MSW from ISU Extension Services to talk about what youth can do to develop resiliency, how to support peers who may be showing signs of mental distress, and resources available to youth and their families.
Regarding the importance of talking to youth about mental health Selha had this to say, “We know the earlier people start to care for their mental well-being, the less likely they are to have more complicated mental illness later in life. We also know that connections with others is one of the strongest preventative tools. Talking to youth about mental health can help lessen the stigma and encourage them to not be afraid of people with mental disorders, rather to support them.”