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CONTRIBUTED CONTENT — The 39th annual Jubilee of Trees returns to an in-person celebration with a special focus on local children battling mental health. This year’s event will support urgently needed pediatric and adolescent behavioral health services at Intermountain St. George Regional Hospital.
The Jubilee of Trees showcases beautifully ornate Christmas trees and wreaths, created by local designers, artists, individuals, businesses and community groups, which are available for auction to benefit the Intermountain Foundation. With the help of generous sponsors, donors and ticket holders throughout the southern Utah region, the event raised more than $700,000 last year.
“This is an event that wouldn’t exist without the support of the community,” said Loriana De Crescenzo, executive director of the Intermountain Foundation at St. George Regional Hospital. “We are grateful for our community’s spirit of generosity and invite residents to continue giving the gift of health and happiness to children and families, especially now that the needs are so great.”
After going virtual in 2020 and 2021, this year’s Jubilee of Trees will once again take place at the Dixie Convention Center in St. George. Tour exquisitely decorated wreaths, mini trees, enchanted forest trees, and designer trees. Vote for your favorites and you might take one home with you! The event also features a silent auction, a bakery and candy store, a children’s store, a craft guild, and visits with Santa.
The trees will be on display Sunday and Monday, November 20 and 21 from 10 am to 8 pm and Tuesday, November 22 from 10 am to 5 pm Tickets are $8 per adult and $5 per child (12 and under) and are available to buy online. Children under 2 years old enter free.
Intermountain West, like much of the nation, is experiencing a pediatric mental health crisis. Utah teens exceed the national average in rates of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently confirmed that the state’s youth suicide rate has more than doubled, growing 4 times faster than the national average.
Suicide is now the leading cause of death among Utahns ages 10 to 17. One in 6 children in this age range have at least one treatable mental health disorder, but IIt is estimated that 40% of young people with depression do not receive the care they need.
Improving behavioral health services is part of Intermountain Healthcare’s Core Promise to create a model health system for children, and St. George Regional Hospital has recently added several behavioral and mental health resources for young patients. Care is available in clinical settings and through telehealth.
The hospital is also working to create a partial hospitalization program that will include more intensive therapies for children who need them, without hospitalization. Proceeds from this year’s Jubilee of Trees will support the programme, which is expected to open next year.
The program provides behavioral health care to children and adolescents for a half or full day, depending on the need. At the end of each day, participants go home to practice what they’ve learned, then identify which strategies work well and which don’t. Later, they will return to the program to talk about their experiences.
“We want to care for our children during their growing years so they can reach the fullness of their lives and become the best people they can be,” De Crescenzo said. “It is a top priority for us as a hospital and as part of this community. We want families to know that we are here for them.”
Since 1983, the Jubilee of Trees has brought together residents of Utah, Arizona and Nevada for a festive celebration to raise funds to improve medical services at St. George Regional Hospital. The generosity of local communities has helped expand numerous care programs over the decades, including pediatrics.
Funds raised during this year’s Jubilee of Trees will help southern Utah youth suffering from depression and other mental health conditions get the support they need to thrive and lead happier, healthier lives. Get your tickets today and be a part of the legacy.
- What: Intermountain Foundation Tree Jubilee.
- When: Sunday through Monday, November 20 and 21, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Tuesday, November 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Where: Dixie Convention Center, 1835 S. Convention Center Drive, St. George.
- Tickets: $8 per adult, $5 per child (under 12).
- Resources: Eventbrite | Website.
Written by ALEXA MORGAN for St. George News.
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