Lone Tree Youth Commission Presents Event Dedicated to Destigmatizing Mental Health


In an effort to bring awareness to the impacts of mental health on youth, the City of Lone Tree Youth Commission is hosting It’s Not Nothing, sponsored by Sky Ridge Medical Center, on Thursday, May 16 at 7 p.m. at the Lone Tree Arts Center.

This event, featuring guest speakers, a mental health resource fair and a Q&A, will provide a raw look at how mental illness affects youth, and explore how to bridge disconnects between youth and mental health resources.

“One in five teens struggle with mental illness, so when walking down the halls, I can't help but wonder who’s hurting,” said Noelle Harff, Lone Tree Youth Commission chair.

The event speakers include:

  • Maria Bales, a mental health activist and mother of Nick Bales, a local teen who lost his life to suicide last year

  • Denny Ying, an ultra-athlete who has been riding his bike around the world to raise awareness for mental health issues after fighting his own battles

  • Alex Bush, a teen who lost her father to suicide

  • Sarah Davidon, a phycologist from Mental Health Colorado

“We’ve looked into many different aspects behind the importance of self-care and looking out for others,” said Ava Taylor, Lone Tree Youth Commission co-chair. “Destigmatizing such a difficult topic to our age group is really important to us.”

Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for general admission, available for purchase at the Lone Tree Arts Center box office or online at lonetreeartscenter.org. Family four-packs are available for $20. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Mental Health Colorado.

For more information, contact Austin Good, Youth Commission Staff Liaison, at 720-509-1256 or austin.good@cityoflonetree.com.