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Baby brunch to benefit children’s mental health

Tickets available now include brunch, mimosas, fashion show and silent auction

February 1, 2022 – Tykes & Teens, a leading provider of the highest quality, evidence-based mental health services and programs for children and adolescents for 25 years, welcomes Brunch for babies March 30, 2022.

Taking place at the Grand Harbor Golf & Beach Club, attendees will enjoy a full brunch, mimosas, fashion show and silent auction, while raising vital funds for mental health care of high quality provided by Tykes & Teens.

Brunch for babies tickets are available now for $100 or $750 for a table of eight at Brunch for Babies.

“Without a doubt, COVID is having a devastating impact on the mental health of our children,” says Dr. Theresa Kelso, Psy.D., Tykes & Teens Board Member and Indian River Development Committee Chair of the agency. “Mental health problems in children have an impact on individuals, families, schools and our community as a whole. When left unaddressed, this has a lasting generational impact that lingers for years or decades. The demand for high quality prevention and intervention services for children in our county far exceeds the resources available. In short, funding is needed more than ever to support children’s mental health in Indian River County.

According to the recent US Surgeon General Advisory “Protecting Youth Mental Health”:

· Symptoms of depression and anxiety among young people have doubled during the pandemic, with 25% experiencing symptoms of depression and 20% experiencing anxiety.

At the start of 2021, U.S. emergency room visits for suspected suicide attempts were 51% higher for teenage girls and 4% higher for teenage boys compared to 2019.

· The reduction in in-person interactions during the pandemic has made it more difficult to recognize signs of child abuse and mental health issues.

The crisis in our local Treasure Coast communities is equally staggering. Tykes & Teens Reports:

· Demand for services increased by 300%.

· High risk situations are up 100%.

· The complexity and duration of treatments have increased considerably.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Brunch for Babies.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, visit or email

Tykes & Teens Indian River Development Committee:

Dr. Theresa Kelso, Psy.D., Brett Hall, Linda Kloss, Patricia Knipper, Anne McCormick, Pam O’Donnell, Gloria Quesada.

Brunch for Babies 2022 Sponsors: Dale Sorensen Real Estate, George E. Warren, Lily Pad, Purple Plum Boutique.

Tykes & Teens has a rich 25-year history of prioritizing children’s mental health in our families, schools and communities through prevention, education and treatment. The agency began offering much-needed services in Indian River County in 2016.

Today, Tykes & Teens Indian River County programs and services include:

Indian River Healthy Families

Infant Mental Health

ALTOSS – Alternative to suspension out of school

Trauma-informed care

School services

Targeted case management

Psychiatric services

About Tykes & Teens

Tykes & Teens has been a leading mental health service provider for evidence-based programs and services for children and adolescents for 25 years. Our mission is to put the mental health of children first in our families, schools and communities through a wide range of prevention, education and treatment programs and services. Our passion and commitment is to empower children and strengthen families by ensuring that all children have access to high quality counseling and mental health services, regardless of their financial status. We also advocate for increased mental health awareness to eliminate the stigma and shame often associated with seeking mental health treatment. We offer services from more than 50 locations, including outpatient clinics in Palm City, Jensen Beach, Hobe Sound, Port St. Lucie, and Vero Beach, onsite services at all schools in Martin County and schools of Okeechobee and Indian River counties. as well as collaboration with many community partners, in addition to virtual telehealth services. We have continued to offer our services and programs throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, including virtual telehealth care. We accept most insurance, private payments, and are a Medicaid-approved provider. For over 20 years, we have successfully administered a sliding fee scale for those in need when needed. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency, we also provide $750,000 annually in unreimbursed services to the communities we serve. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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