For this first Barrels & Bonfires, we are thrilled to celebrate the beauty of the fall season at the picturesque Farmacy Brewing Reisterstown, MD. We are also partnering with Caviar and Cupcakes and Peter Wood, managing partner at The French Paradox Wines, to offer an assortment of beverages, along with an array of savory and sweet culinary delights that capture the flavors of the season.
This event will be a wonderful time to gather, as well as a chance to support an issue that has affected so many—the mental health and wellness of adolescents and young adults throughout Maryland and across the nation, an ever-growing concern. Depression and suicide rates have risen drastically in recent years, yet many parents were raised to not talk about mental health issues. Kennedy Krieger’s mental health specialists say kids need to be able to talk about their concerns and know where to turn for help. Funds from this event will help with the creation, production and promotion of a powerful multimedia campaign centered on short videos about mental health and well-being, geared toward young people, parents and educators. The videos will be important public health messages to educate this targeted audience on how to identify mental illness and overcome stigma. They’ll also talk about where to turn for help, and will feature Kennedy Krieger’s experts in diagnosing and treating mental health conditions in adolescents and young adults with and without developmental disabilities.