Anasazi Foundation Hosts Event on Raising Resilient Children Saturday, June 15 in Salt Lake City

Tuesday, May 28, 2019 General News
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Behavioral health provider foundation teams up with NFL Hall of Famer Steve Young's Forever Young Foundation to bring in Matt Townsend, Collin Kartchner and other renowned speakers to Olympus Jr. High School to discuss social trends impacting families and how parents and teachers can make a positive difference in the lives of today's children

SALT LAKE CITY, May 28, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Behavioral health provider Anasazi Foundation and NFL Hall of Famer

Steve Young's Forever Young Foundation have teamed up to host a training event for Utah parents and educators, Raising Resilient Children, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at Olympus Jr. High School, located at 2217 E. 4800 S in Salt Lake City.

Matt Townsend, Collin Kartchner and a host of renowned speakers will discuss the social trends impacting families today and how to reduce anxiety, depression, self-harm and 'failure-to-launch' in today's youth.

Attendees will also learn which preventive efforts have the greatest impact and what parents and teachers can do to make a difference.

"Because these symptoms occur within the heart and mind of each individual, they are often difficult to see," says Michael Merchant, Chairman of the Board at Anasazi Foundation. "We must become more aware and more connected—and provide opportunities for our children to develop the capabilities to self-regulate and recover quickly from the difficulties and stressors of life."

According to the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Utah high school students reported the following:

  • 33 percent felt sad or hopeless
  • 21.6 percent seriously considered attempting suicide
  • 17.1 percent made a suicide plan, 9.6 percent attempted suicide one or more times
  • 4 percent of these students suffered an injury, poisoning or an overdose that had to be treated by a doctor or nurse

In 2017, suicide was the leading cause of death in Utah for young people ages 10 to 17 and ages 18 to 24. Utah also had the fifth highest age-adjusted suicide rates in the U.S. in 2017.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the program begins at 9 a.m., with lunch served between the morning and afternoon programs.

Raising Resilient Children is sponsored by Steve and Barb Young's Forever Young Foundation ( and other local sponsors.

For more information on the speakers, or to purchase tickets for the event, visit

About the Speakers For more than a decade, speaker Dr. Matt Townsend has been energizing and involving audiences with his unique approach to building and maintaining successful relationships. Known as one of America's top presenters in the field of human relations and development, Matt blends humor and storytelling with interactive, real-life solutions that inspire motivation and immediate results in his audiences.

Speaker Collin Kartchner started a popular parody Instagram account in 2017 simply to make fun of social media and the culture of toxic perfectionism it has created. Instead of using his platform and large following to earn paid sponsor posts or fat stacks, he used his account to do good.

When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, Collin used social media to crowd-fund over $125,000 for Hurricane victims, which he and his wife Liz then personally delivered to many families in Texas. Soon after when Hurricane Maria hit, he helped a group raise $350,000 for people in Puerto Rico. He then raised over $30,000 for three Utah children fighting cancer and threw the largest social-media created Christmas party for the kids. In February 2018, he raised over $15,000 in less than 12 hours to put "You are Loved" and "You are Beautiful" billboards across Utah, which were seen 1.18 million times.

For more information about the speakers, visit

About ANASAZI Foundation Anasazi Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), nationally accredited behavioral healthcare provider. Anasazi serves young people 12-25 struggling with self-defeating emotions and behaviors. Anasazi was founded in 1988 and has served more than 4,000 children. For more information about Anasazi Foundation and their commitment to families visit


SOURCE Anasazi Foundation

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