Several organizations throughout the Wood River Valley are teaming up for a night of collaboration to bring awareness to mental health resources and present a film that centers around mental health challenges for teenagers.

Girls on the Run of Southern Idaho and other entities will present “I Am Maris,” a documentary that shows a teenage girl struggling with anxiety and an eating disorder before discovering yoga.

“With infectious authenticity, ‘I Am Maris’ paints an unguarded portrait of what life with a mental health challenge is like for millions of teens and young adults around the world,” a press release from Girls on the Run states. “But more importantly, it showcases the power of self-love and acceptance that we so often withhold from ourselves.”

The film will be presented at the Wood River Performing Arts Center at the Community Campus in Hailey on Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 6 p.m. Prior to the film, there will be a free intro to yoga class offered by the Blaine County Recreation District and open to the public from 5:15-5:45 p.m. At the same time, a Community Resources Expo will be taking place in the Community Campus commons from 5:30-6 p.m. The expo will feature all the co-sponsors of this event: the Blaine County School District, NAMI-Wood River, the Advocates, Footlight Dance, the Blaine County Recreation District, Blaine County Probation, the Crisis Hotline and more.

“Our particular group of organizations are working together on concepts of resilience in our community and bringing more trauma-informed approaches in our work, in our schools, in our municipalities, in our businesses and across all of Blaine County,” Girls on the Run Executive Director Mary Fauth said in the press release. “This film happens to speak to one trauma-related disorder that we can rally around to bring hope to youth that may find themselves struggling with the same issues.”

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