#OK2Talk: Starting the Mental Health Conversation with Teens
We fill our teens’ backpacks with school supplies, give them advice about academics and encourage them to eat right and get sleep. Yet, we rarely provide them with the tools and language needed to talk about mental health in the same way they do their physical health.
Creating home and school environments in which it’s okay to talk about mental health equips teens with the skills required to handle the challenges of school, relationships and family that many face each day. With mental illness underlying 90% of cases of suicide, talking about mental health also has the capacity to save young lives.
Join us for a modified demonstration of NAMI’s “Ending the Silence” mental health and suicide awareness presentation followed by a panel discussion featuring professionals as well as a parent and student.
Panelists: Julia Black, Ending the Silence presenter; Dr. Mathis Kennington, LMFT, Clinical Director with Austin Family Institute; Dianna Groves, AISD Crisis Coordinator; Dr.Elizabeth Minne, Ph.D, Executive Director VIDA Clinic; Karen Ranus, NAMI Austin Executive Director; Moderator Jessica Miller, NAMI Austin Program Director
For more information, contact NAMI Austin at 512-420-9810 or firstname.lastname@example.org.