Youth & Mental Health

Online ticket sales for this event close at 3PM.  If you are interested in attending and have not purchased tickets by that time, please contact Bethany Larson at b.larson@journeytheater.org.

Join us Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 6 – 9pm for an evening of equipping.

Part of Journey Theater’s core values is to foster safe and supportive community for youth and families. The Youth & Mental Health Awareness event is aimed to bring Journey leaders, students, and parents together around the mental health issues that have been affecting youth. This event will be focused on awareness building and sharing trusted resources. We’ve strategically assembled a panel of trusted Jesus-following local professionals including licensed mental health counselors and practicing educators. Participants will be able to ask panelists questions regarding youth and mental health. These professionals will share insight and depth to the post-2020 impacts on youth like social anxieties, emotional outbursts, and withdrawal/avoidance behaviors, as well as increased fears of failure to name a few examples. At the heart of this event, we hope to provide an emotionally safe and honest opportunity to build understanding and discuss the realities of mental health in youth today.  Bring materials to take notes! Youth ages 12 and up are encouraged to attend.

Location: US Digital Conference Center 1400 NE 136th Ave, Vancouver


This event is free for Journey staff, artists, teachers. RSVP to k.sauter@journeytheater.org for your ticket.

Parents, and students ages 12 and up are also invited to attend. Tickets are $10, available at the button below.

Thanks to generous donors, there are some free tickets available! Use one of the two codes below, and if there are funds still available, your ticket will be free.


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Professional Panel:

Panel Host: Julia Garrison

Julia Garrison is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. She holds a Masters degree in Counseling from Western Seminary and graciously serves on the Board of Directors for Journey Theater.





Jenny Sites

Jenny is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor specializing in working with trauma, youth and young adults. She is also a pastor at Union Chapel and oversees the children/youth/families ministries. She is passionate about integrating health in body, mind and spirit for people of all ages!




Carrie Farrell

Carrie Farrell is a mental health counselor.  Her primary focus is working with high performers including athletes, gifted students, and performing artists. She is a graduate of Western Seminary and has been a part of the Journey community as a parent for 6 years. 



Matthew Kesler

Matthew Kesler has been working with students for over 20 years. His career includes youth and family ministries pastor, high school teacher, basketball coach and school administration.  He currently serves as principal at River HomeLink in Battle Ground. His career working with students has led to a deep passion for student wellness and has spent his career seeking ways to advocate for students.


Richard Golosinskiy

Richard Golosinskiy has served youth in various capacities. He has worked with youth in foster care programs, in church settings as a camp counselor, and with adolescents who suffer from autism in a high school setting. His passion is to help adolescents and their families see that the challenges they face with learning are a gateway to building a stronger connection with each other.