Welcome to another episode of The RVA Small Business Show with your host Joan Bowling. On our first Venture X Richmond Member Spotlight, we are joined by Renée & Jon Laaser, Co-Founders of Laaser’s Ladybug Society.
The Society’s goal is to eliminate the stigma attached to mental illness through education and awareness. It prides itself on being an all-inclusive society that serves all ages while also catering events that allow participation from everyone. The Society also prides itself on being an innovator in the philanthropic space, hosting unique events, while also approaching mental health education through personal experience.
Understanding the Signs
Considering that mental health issues often start developing in childhood or adolescence, understanding the signs is crucial. But how do parents know what to look for if their child is struggling? This question lies at the heart of Laaser’s Ladybug Society’s mission.
The indication of mental health issues in children may not always be as clear as physical health problems. There may not be a visible wound or a fever to alert you. Instead, the signs often manifest subtly, in changes in behavior, mood, or school performance.
Challenging the Stigma
The stigma surrounding mental health is one of the most significant barriers to seeking help. This stigma is born from misunderstandings, fear, and stereotypes. By educating ourselves and others, we can challenge these misconceptions and create a more supportive environment for those struggling with mental health issues.
The Laaser’s Ladybug Society believes in fostering an environment where mental health is discussed openly, much like physical health. Because when we reduce stigma, we make it easier for individuals, particularly children, to seek the help they need.
Taking Timely Action
Recognizing the signs is the first step. The next is taking action. Early intervention can make a significant difference in managing mental health issues. It’s essential for parents to foster open communication, letting their children know it’s okay to talk about their feelings.
The Laasers’ efforts with The Society embodies the transformative power of education and awareness in mental health. By understanding what to look for, challenging stigma, and taking timely action, we can help our children navigate their mental health with confidence and resilience.
- Understand the Signs: Changes in behavior, mood, or school performance can be indicators of mental distress in children.
- Challenge the Stigma: By educating ourselves and others about mental health, we can debunk myths and create a more supportive environment for those struggling.
- Take Timely Action: Early intervention is crucial. Foster open communication and let your child know it’s okay to talk about their feelings.
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