JACKSON, Wyo. — Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming (GSMW) has recognized Grace Regan, a Jackson local, for earning her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement a Girl Scout can earn.
The aim of a Gold Award is to meaningfully address some of the most pressing issues facing their communities and the world.
For her Gold Award Project, Regan authored a mental health coloring book for teens. Regan learned from the National Institute of Mental Health that 31.9% of adolescents have an anxiety disorder. In fact, anxiety and other mental health concerns have increased substantially in adolescents and teens in the last decade. In doing her own research and talking with mental health professionals, she learned various tools and techniques for dealing with anxiety, one of which was art and coloring.
“My concern for teenage anxiety and my love of art helped me decide to create a coloring book. With the help of my project advisor, Dr. Kelly Gutierrez, Ph.D., I incorporated several activities in addition to coloring, such as breathing and mindfulness” reported Regan.
“As a high school student, I experience first-hand anxiety in teens. Anxiety from school, extracurricular activities, and the COVID-19 pandemic are common in high schools. I found that when I was feeling anxious, I enjoy doing art. This inspired me to create a coloring book for others.”
To meet the requirements of the Gold Award, projects must be sustainable long term. In order to do this, Regan created a digital copy of her coloring book and had several hard copies printed. She provided the digital copy to various groups and presented her findings to her local school counselor, the middle school, county library, three local therapists and local Girl Scouts. Additionally, Regan shared the coloring book with doctors, nurses and therapists.
View a full digital copy of Regan’s coloring book here.
The Gold Award is the highest achievement a Girl Scout can earn, available to girls in high school by developing and carrying out lasting solutions to issues in their communities and beyond.