600 Miles for Youth Mental Health

600 Miles for Youth Mental Health

From David Bidler

On June 17th Physiology First President David Bidler will be running from Portland, Maine to Washington D.C to raise funding for a national youth mental health initiative.

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Last spring Physiology First President David Bidler ran 100 miles around the Freeport High School Track to raise awareness about the need for youth mental health education. The run raised $12,000 and allowed us to present to more than a thousand students, set up an international ambassador program where community members can share resources on youth mental health in their community, and conduct an 8 week mental health education program with high school students in Maine.

The finish line of the 100 Miles for Youth Mental Health Run at Freeport High School! 

We continue to receive requests for our Physiology First seminar which shares the latest science on stress and anxiety management with students and the larger community that supports them. 

We are also preparing to conduct research on breathing dysfunction and youth anxiety which can help to inform the next wave of evidence based anxiety mitigation education. 

Finally, we are working to continually expand our Physiology First ambassador program to empower community members with the knowledge and skills to share this information with their communities.

David, presenting our Physiology First seminar to high school students. 

Currently, 1 out of 6 children in the U.S is diagnosed with a "mental health disorder." 

Teen suicide rates are at their highest rate in two decades. 

Students are being presented with pharmaceutical solutions to common physiological responses, which can lead to changes in their brains and bodies that make non-medicative approaches to anxiety management less effective in the long run. 

Physiology First suggests that we teach students about the stress and anxiety response and provide them with simple, evidence-based, exercises that can tangibly lower anxiety while assessing the role that sleep, nutrition, physical activity, breathing, and exposure to digital technologies that have a demonstrated impact on mental health plays as a first step in positively and proactively supporting youth in improving their mental health and achieving their goals in school and beyond. 

Teaching breathing exercises for anxiety management to high school students at the Waldorf School.

Sharing our Physiology First seminar with middle school students at Waynflete High School.

Your support of the 600 Miles for Youth Mental Health Run allows us to create a new, positive, and highly proactive conversation on youth mental health while providing the leaders of tomorrow with the tools that they need today. 

Teaching breath and movement exercises to the students of North Yarmouth Academy in our 8 week breath education program.

Thank you all for your support and looking forward to a long run for a great cause! 

David and the Physiology First Team

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