The Developing Healthy Kids Campaign was founded in Rockford Public Schools in 2011 to support mental health awareness and suicide prevention.

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Featured Events

The Bridge
October 17, 2018 – 6:30-8:00 pm

Kevin Hines is a brain/mental health advocate, award-winning global speaker, bestselling author and documentary filmmaker who reaches audiences with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live. Two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 19 years of age, he attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. He is one of only thirty-four to survive the fall which has resulted in death for the majority of the 2000 people who have made the jump since the bridge was erected in 1937. He is also the only one to regain full physical mobility. Kevin survived and in the 16 years since his nearly fatal attempt, he is sharing his story to foster a critical bridge of hope between life and death for people caught in the pain of living with serious mental illness and/or difficult life circumstances. His refreshing honesty, realism, advocacy, and appreciation of the complex conditions that contribute to mental illness is a much-needed guiding light through the darkness of societal stigma and discrimination.

Appropriate for ages 13 yrs +. Under 13 yrs viewer discretion advised.

Book Signing with Kevin Hines
October 17, 2018 – 5:45-6:15 pm

Bring or purchase Cracked But Not Broken or the Through the Eyes of One or other materials to be autographed by Kevin Hines
*epilogue books will be selling books at this event.

Community Mental Health Resource Expo
October 17, 2018 – 5:00-6:30 pm and 8:00-8:30 pm

Prior to and after the event, we will be hosting a Community Mental Health Resource Expo in the Rockford High School Cafeteria. Local and county mental health and support organizations, therapists, and advocates will provide information, resources and the opportunity to ask questions and/or seek support.

January 22, 2019 – 6:30-8:00 pm

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health challenge in the U.S., impacting 54 percent of females and 46 percent of males, with age seven being the average age of onset, according to the World Health Organization. While anxiety disorders are highly treatable, only one-third of those suffering receive treatment. Due to increased societal pressures and access to technology, anxiety is commonplace in our students, families, and in the workplace. As a result, IndieFlix, a leading independent online streaming platform, along with its non-profit arm, the IndieFlix Foundation, is sparking a global conversation about anxiety through screenings of its brand-new documentary, “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety”. Everyone involved in the development of “Angst” has a personal experience with anxiety – from the producers to the interviewees. On January 22nd, Developing Healthy Kids will hold a special screening to open up a dialogue between our RHS students, families, community leaders and experts. The event will feature a viewing of the 56-minute film, followed by an informative panel discussion.

Appropriate for ages 11 yrs +. Under 11 yrs viewer discretion advised.

Powerful Parenting
March 19, 2019 – 6:45-8:00 pm

With passion and wry humor, the former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford and New York Times best-selling author Julie Lythcott-Haims makes the case for parents to stop defining their children’s success via grades and test scores. Sit back, relax and enjoy this presentation, you will leave feeling inspired.

Small Group Sessions
March 19, 2019, 4:45-6:30 pm

Please join us for small group parenting sessions led by local experts and therapists supporting topics such as parenting through grief/trauma, understanding technology, the power of sleep, navigating divorce successfully, building literacy with your child, behavioral supports in the home, and parenting healthy athletes.

*A special thank you to Rockford Sports Boosters for bringing in internationally accredited proactive sports coaching expert, Rob Miller!