Girls Discuss Managing Stress in International Virtual Workshop Called "Girls Around the World Connect to DeStress" on October 23, 2011, 11am-12pmEST

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Gather Central, a virtual communications firm, is launching a new enrichment program for girls ages 12-18 to use their cell phone to access an international live chat with experts on stress, anxiety and health, while simultaneously making new friends from other countries like Africa, South America, Canada and Europe. Their debut event is October 23, 2011, and is free

With the rising domination of social networking, most adolescents funnel a majority of their communications through Facebook, Skype, online chats and log in over 5,000 texts per month. Yet, levels of anxiety, stress, bullying and emotional struggles are at an all time high. Gather Central, a small virtual communications company based in Connecticut, is bridging the gap and using state of the art conference platforms to create a forum for girls to talk with others the same age from around the world, engage in thoughtful conversations, explore important issues, and develop modern day pen pals.

Girls Around the World, Connect to DeStress is their debut program,on October 23, 2011 from 11am-12pmEST. Kari Henley, president of Gather Central and a featured blogger at Huffington Post, hosts the program, with international stress experts Cheryl Hitchcock and Beverly Beaurrman-King from Toronto, Canada. Girls will listen to a panel, and discuss live what stresses them out; from social stress, family issues, environmental disasters or serious issues of survival. They will explore how stress affects their health, and practice simple techniques to manage stress quickly.

"This program is going to be phenomenal," said Henley. "We already have groups of girls joining in from Uganda, Colombia, Barcelona, and around the United States. Imagine the thrill for them to hear each other's voices, and through their stories, to know they are not alone. What will be interesting is for the girls who stress about getting new Uggs in the USA can compare notes with girls in Africa who stress about not being raped on the way to get water for their village."

Each girl receives a free e-book written by Hitchcock called, "How to Overcome Stress without Medication" and has the option to stay in touch with each other through email or a dedicated Facebook page. Gather Central intends to continue to offer additional programs in 2012 for teen enrichment.

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