The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Center on Disability Studies is hosting Living to Our Full Potential, an innovative free program for Hawaiʻi’s youth with mental health challenges and their families. The program aims to give participants overall well-being of their minds, bodies and emotions.

With national statistics placing 20 years as an average amount of time that a person with a mental challenge loses in comparison to someone without a mental health challenge, this program has the potential to add years to participants’ lives. Living to Our Full Potential aims to create sustainable lifestyles that include healthy choices and knowing how to communicate ideas effectively.

Free events such as storytelling workshops, cooking classes and a Youth Leadership Empowerment Academy, will take place from February through April.

The program will also showcase some of the nation’s most dynamic self-advocates, like Linea Johnson, author of the soon-to-be-released book Perfect Chaos, and Keith Johnson, artist and pioneer of SoulTouchin’ Experiences.

For more information or to register visit the Living to Our Full Potential website.