Addressing Youth Mental Wellness

Children and young adults face many challenges growing up. It’s a time to figure out who they are, what they value and hope to achieve. Our collective organizations provide a safety nets and guideposts to help these young people thrive within our community.

It’s normal for children and adolescents to experience various types of emotional distress as they develop and mature, from anxiety about school to short periods of depression. But serious mental health concerns may emerge due to challenges in their home, school, community and interpersonal relationships. Mental illness, if not treated early, can affect them for the rest of their lives.  

Just some of the challenges facing youth in Nevada County:

  • 83.6 per 1,000 children face abuse or neglect, higher than the statewide average of 52.9 per 1,000 children
  • About 8% of children face abuse or neglect, higher than the statewide average
  • Almost two of every five ninth-graders have feelings of depression, slightly higher than the statewide average
  • One in 10 ninth-graders missed school during a recent 30 day-period because they felt sad, hopeless, anxious, stressed or angry.
  • Food insecurity is a serious issue, with 30% of ninth-graders eligible for free or reduced meals.

Source: California Department of Education’s California Healthy Kids Survey, Nevada County 2019-2020 Main Report.

Extra guidance and support can help youth address mental health issues, navigate the complexities of life, adapt to change, develop relationships and realize their potential.

Making a difference together

The Heart of Gold bike ride supports efforts in Nevada County to improve mental wellness and reduce the impact of anxiety, depression and trauma that can lead to unhealthy choices and suicide among young people. It takes a community to provide the tools and resources for young people to grow into healthy adults.

Proceeds from the race will benefit organizations committed to helping youth in Nevada County thrive. When you register, you have the option of furthering your contribution by adding an optional donation or purchasing a commemorative event t-shirt.


You may make a tax-deductible donation to these charities with the form below.