Let's Go! Community Based Approaches to Building Teen Resilience
This session will explore a framework for providing tools that clinicians, parents and educators can use to support teen mental health and resilience in community-based settings. Dr. Green will highlight innovative programming supporting youth mental health and suicide prevention at the Hope Center in Harlem, including a nationally recognized program called THRIVE.
Fred Meservey Lifetime Achievement Award
New York State Office of Mental Health Commissioner Dr. Ann Sullivan will present the Fred Meservey Lifetime Achievement Award.
Youth Bridging the Gap
Uniquely positioned to take in the wisdom of older generations and draw on their experience living through a global youth mental health pandemic, Youth Voices must be heard in the conversation of how best to support youth mental health. Isaiah Santiago, a 19-year-old youth advocate recently elected to the Rochester City School Board, will facilitate a diverse panel of youth (high school age to 25) who will share their views on what it will take to support youth mental wellness in their communities.
Fostering Family Resilience: Navigating Youth Mental Health Together
Join our diverse panel of parents who have experienced the New York State Mental Health system firsthand. Through their stories, gain valuable insights into navigating youth mental health challenges. Also hear from a researcher from the Born This Way Foundation who has been evaluating what makes a difference to youth and families. Discover practical strategies for communication, early recognition, and resilience-building within your family. Empower yourself to make a positive impact on your family’s mental wellness journey.
Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Education Through Art and Storytelling
The Directing Change Team will discuss an innovative approach to preparing young people to recognize and respond to a peer in distress by taking participants through an abbreviated experience of the program and curriculum. The Program engages youth to learn about suicide prevention and mental health delivered through art and film contests and is coming to New York. 2022 Finalist student-produced short films will be shown. Youth in attendance can vote for the best short film!
Connection, Community, and Compassion: Practical Thoughts on Understanding and Addressing the Ongoing Crisis in Youth Mental Health
Professor, Vice Chair and Division Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Georgetown University Medical Center/MedStar Georgetown University Hospital The most recent high school student survey data released earlier this year from the CDC and a mental health advisory from the Surgeon General point to a real crisis in youth mental health. But thankfully there are things we all can do to address this crisis. Dr. Biel will draw on his clinical experience caring for youth and families and the latest wellness research to offer practical steps toward improving youth mental health at school, community, and family levels.
Workshop #1: What Schools and Families can do to Support LGBTQ+ Students?
LGBTQ+ youth are at increased risk for mental health challenges and suicide. The focus of this discussion will be what families and schools can do to support LGBTQ+ youth mental health. Dr. Michael Paff testified before the Board of Regents on this topic earlier this year. Victor Rose contributed to new guidance issued from NYSED on “Creating a Safe, Supportive, and Affirming School Environment for Transgender and Gender Expansive Youth” in June of this year. Lilly Fiscus (she/their) is president of the Spectrum Club at Caledonia-Mumford High School. Learn about best practices and legal rights in an interactive session that includes a youth discussant.
Workshop #2: Permission To Feel: The Power of Emotional Intelligence to Achieve Well-being at Home, School, and in Life
The fields of emotional intelligence, well-being, and social and emotional learning (SEL) have been in existence for 35+ years, yet the mental wellbeing of children (and adults) is shockingly poor. With participation from a principal, teacher, and student at a school in New York that has worked with Dr. Brackett, Dr. Brackett will share his Center’s insights and research findings about what can be done at home, schools, and using technology to ensure this and future generations of children (and adults) develop the emotion skills they need to navigate their complex emotional lives and have greater mental health and well-being. He will be joined by at least one NYS school that has implemented his program.
Workshop #3: Implementing Suicide Prevention Planning in Schools: Practical Tools and Guidance
Each year more than 80 school-aged children die by suicide and nearly 2,000 are hospitalized for suicide attempts in New York State. How should schools respond and what resources should be utilized? Through reallife examples of school and community partnerships, participants will learn about the components of a comprehensive approach to school suicide prevention with an emphasis on best practices and how to access resources, consultation, and training toward improving suicide safety.