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Preventing Trauma and Youth Suicide During COVID-19 and Beyond: Promoting Mental Wellbeing Through In-School and Out-of-School Supports

As the school year gets underway, local governments and community-based partners across the country are seeking to increase support for young people and prevent adverse childhood experiences and youth suicide. The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the lives of millions of children across the US. The education system has pivoted toward online learning and hybrid models in a way it has never done before, out-of-school activities have been suspended, and families are facing increased stressors. This means young people need alternative opportunities for social connection.

This Prevention Institute webinar will explore how agencies and organizations that support the wellbeing of youth both in school and out of school have adapted to the current context. Groups are finding new opportunities to authentically engage with youth in ways that elevate strengths, connect to culture and are trauma-informed.

Panelists include:
- Sharifa J Charles, Professional Development Specialist, Center for School Behavioral Health at Mental Health America – Greater Houston
- Elizabeth Stranzl, Director of Policy, Division of School Climate & Wellness, NYC Department of Education
- Nicole Dolan, Youth Projects Coordinator - Communities That Care, Public Health and Environment / City and County of Broomfield
- Arya Nandyal, Teen Advisor from Broomfield Youth For Youth
- Giana Rocha, Youth Council Representative for Brighton, Colorado and YEF Council Representative, National League of Cities
- Dr. Nia West-Bey, Senior Policy Analyst, Youth, Center for Law and Social Policy

Oct 14, 2020 11:30 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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