Helping Local Teens: Hannah's Heart Launches With Festival
The parents of a local teen who died last year are launching a new effort to help other teens struggling with bullying and mental health.
Hannah's Heart will be launched with a festival this weekend, to honour 14 year old Hannah Mae Harlow Maillet from Westmeath, who died last summer following a severe anxiety attack brought on by bullying.
The initiative will spread the word about resources, and offer workshops in schools and in other youth settings.
Hannah's mother Tasha Cowell says it's what Hannah would have wanted.
"Children are suffering these massive breakdowns because of words, and actions. Bullying is real thing; it's an epidemic", Cowell told Pure Country 96.7.
Cowell explained that following Hannah's death in July 2018, she began to keep a journal to cope with her grief and find a way forward.
"During that journaling process, that meditative process I was doing, and while I was in deep grief, I started to see what Hannah wanted me to do. And it became clear that even though Hannah was in pain, she still wanted to help others".
Cowell says in spite of her experiences, Hannah had been making gains in helping other teens who were having similiar struggles.
"Hannah is at the centre of everything we are doing. With that approach, we know she is going to be here on Saturday. We know that her personal mission is going to be continued. Not only is this her legacy, but this is hope for other children in our community. And, I know she wanted that", Cowell said.
Hannah's Heart will be launched with a festival on Saturday at the family's home on Greenway Drive in Westmeath, from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
More information is available at https://www.hannahsheart.ca/
The organization also has a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/hannahsheartCA/