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Being a teenager is not easy, especially when it comes to mental health, according to a local minister.

“Being a teenager has never been easy and over the past two years with what we have been through it has only exacerbated everything,” said Dr. Calvin Sayles, senior pastor at the Baptist Church of Jonesboro Heights.

But there is hope for Lee County teens and their families dealing with these issues.

“We want to shed some light on the situation and be honest that these types of mental health issues can happen in any family,” Sayles said.

The church will host a seminar for the community at 1 p.m. on March 26.

“Peace in the Storm – Calming the Waves of Teen Anxiety and Depression” aims to help adults and teenagers know and understand the causes of the growing number of young people suffering from depression and anxiety or thoughts suicidal.

Two psychologists will lead the program, Sayles said.

“We will start with all (participants) together and then we will split into two groups to make the youngsters feel more comfortable.”

Teenagers – and their parents – will realize that they are not alone in the struggle. They can share stories and learn what’s going on and how to deal with it, Sayles said.

“In the last three or four days, there has been the suicide of a young man who was only 18 years old. We had a young person in our church who was making suicidal proposals,” Sayles said.

“The most important thing is that we want to approach it as the scriptures say – body, mind and spirit. We want to attack the problem on all three fronts as needed.”

Jonesboro Heights Baptist Church is located at 316 Main St., Sanford.

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