Oregon City Together hires Anne Haynes as coalition coordinator

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After a public screening of the documentary titled “Angst,” the event organizer from Oregon City Together said that her struggles with alcoholism provided a lesson in the importance of helping kids develop coping skills.

Oregon City Together Coalition Coordinator Anne Haynes tells her personal story

After viewing “Angst” documentary, the event organizer says that her struggles with alcoholism provides a lesson in the importance of helping kids develop coping skills.

Oregon City Together’s new Coalition Coordinator Anne Haynes told her personal story to the audience who had just viewed the documentary breaking down what anxiety is, how to recognize it, how to deal with it and how to help other teens and parents. Haynes said it was good that anxiety is becoming less stigmatized lately.

“I’m so grateful that it’s being talked about more,” she said.

Haynes said that she had no support and no idea what it meant for her father to have died from alcoholism when she was 12.

“What I did to deal with it was I just became a really good girl, made straight As,” she said “I just pushed it down, kept going and going until that didn’t work anymore and then it turned to alcohol. Not until I was an adult, but then that became an issue. So what we want for our youth obviously is for them to get different coping skills.”

Haynes pointed out that almost 74% of Oregon City 11th graders said they had felt some degree of stress and anxiety during the past 30 days, ranging from a few days to nearly every day, according to the 2022 Oregon Student Health Survey.

In taking on the coalition coordinator role, Hanyes will serve in two part-time jobs. Since 2017, Haynes has served as director of development of Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals, a volunteer-driven 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the welfare and adopt-ability of shelter animals.

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