FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 7, 2018
OKMULGEE, Okla. – The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Behavioral Health Program and the Mvskoke Nation Youth Council co-hosted the Creekchella music and art festival May 5, 2018 at the Mvskoke Dome.
The event was the first of its kind, which was funded through an MCN Behavioral Health grant to bring awareness to mental health.
Geared toward Mvskoke youth ages 12 years old and up, the event included live music with artist meet and greet, as well as spiritual wellness such as yoga and art sessions.
The free festival was open to all ages and had performances throughout the day from local Oklahoma artists, including Ahna Jennings, Calvin McGriff, Weston Horn and the Hush and the headliner, Josh Sallee.
Mvskoke Nation Youth Council Advisor Rachael Sourjohn said the festival had a heavy focus on holistic wellness and discussed the importance of mental health awareness for Native youth.
“I think that it is something that they’re already dealing with on a daily basis,” Sourjohn said. “But no one is really recognizing that or talking to them about it. So, it’s raising awareness that mental health is very important and making sure that these young people know resources are there and available to them.”
For more information regarding the services offered by the MCN Behavioral Health Program, visit their website at http://www.creekhealth.org/behavioral-health/.
For a list of programs and events from the Mvskoke Nation Youth Council visit their website at http://mvskokeyouth.wixsite.com/mvskokeyouth/youth-council.