Teddy Bear Picnic in Owen Sound (file photo)

CMHA Grey Bruce Teddy Bear Picnic Friday

There will be hundreds of teddy bears in Harrison Park in Owen Sound on Friday.

Grey-Bruce families will be taking part in the Teddy Bear Picnic for Youth Mental Health Awareness.

Canadian Mental Health Association has partnered up with local businesses and organizations to provide storytelling, sing-alongs, theatre performance and puppet shows to raise awareness about youth mental health in a kid-friendly way.

This is a free event, and runs from 11am to 2pm.

Families are asked to bring teddy bears, a picnic blanket and a picnic lunch.

Other activities planned for the day are a mini outdoor games area, face-painting, teddy bear photo booth, and a Teddy Bear parade to end the event.

CMHA Grey Bruce offers a number of programs that are aimed at increasing mental health literacy in local children and youth.

The Grey Bruce Friends and Neighbour (FAN) club program has been providing child-friendly puppet shows in schools since 2003. The program reaches 10,000 children a year.

Some of the topics covered include building self-esteem, anti-bullying, dealing with anger and other feelings, ADHD as well as many other social issues that affect children and youth.