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Local group is helping kids cope with stress and depression

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Kari Taylor is executive director at Cornerstone of Hope Lima and she's teaching middle schoolers how to handle stress. Kari Taylor is executive director at Cornerstone of Hope Lima and she's teaching middle schoolers how to handle stress.
If you are interested in learning more about Cornerstone of Hope Lima or want them to visit your kid's school, you can contact them at 419-581-9138 or go to their website at: cornerstoneofhopelima.org. If you are interested in learning more about Cornerstone of Hope Lima or want them to visit your kid's school, you can contact them at 419-581-9138 or go to their website at: cornerstoneofhopelima.org.

Hundreds of kids right here in Allen County are struggling with depression. But this week, students at Shawnee Middle School are learning strategies to cope. Strategies that could save a life.

Kari Taylor is executive director at Cornerstone of Hope Lima. She's teaching middle schoolers how to handle stress. She says one out of five teenagers in Allen County have considered suicide.

"Before they get to high school, if they can be equipped and trained how to manage the thoughts that they have, the emotions that they have, how to learn how to shift their thinking, then it really will help them when they get into high school," explained Taylor.

That's why she's holding four days of "Resilience Assemblies" at Shawnee Middle School. She says one major source of anxiety for kids is social media.

"I can't tell you how many people I've had in my office who said that when they actually got off Facebook, specifically, that their anxiety went down, their depression went down," said Taylor.

Shawnee Guidance Counselor Erica Schmiedebusch agrees that social media can be dangerous. 

"Since sometimes it's just for fun and it's great, but other times the things they are saying on there is so hurtful to other kids," commented Schmiedebusch.

"So if like somebody texts me something mean or something, or if I see something that they post that's mean to me, it makes me like feel sad," said Emma Stump, Shawnee 5th Grader.

If you are interested in learning more about Cornerstone of Hope Lima or want them to visit your kid's school, you can contact them at 419-581-9138 or go to their website at: cornerstoneofhopelima.org.

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