Barrels & Bonfires 2002 took place on Thursday, November 3 at the picturesque Farmacy Brewing in Reisterstown, MD. The event was 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 helped 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.