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Event Breaks Barriers & Improves Communication Among Teens Around Mental Health Issues

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This past weekend the Healthy Lee Behavioral Health Coalition of SWFL, Kids’ Minds Matter, and other community partners presented a virtual event called Normal is Overrated. Now in its third year, the goal was to help break barriers and improve communication among teenagers and their families and peers.

Normal is Overrated featured local students who shared their first-hand experiences with behavioral and mental health issues, and offered commentary on the impact misunderstanding and fear can have on those already struggling with mental and behavioral health issues.


  • Dr. Paul Simeone, Lee Health Vice President and Medical Director of Mental and Behavioral Health
  • Meagan Pineiro, a senior at Fort Myers High School who was a speaker at the event