Virtual Townhall Conversation: Mental Health Care is Essential to Good Health Thursday, November 17, 2022
“Mental Health Care is Essential to Good Health” is the second of a three-part series on “Focus on Health” Virtual Town Hall Conversations. This second conversation is designed to share information about mental health challenges impacting the well-being of families, youth, and communities. With the understanding that taking care of one’s mental health is equally as important as taking care of one’s physical health, the impetus for this town hall conversation was developed from the October 2021 American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), and the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) declaration of a National State of Emergency in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. The declaration was reissued October 2022.
While greater attention has been brought to the state of emergency over the past year, the mental health of our nation’s youth and families continues to deteriorate. Well-being starts with healthy minds, healthy adults as role models and the desire to seek help when needed. Hear from mental health professionals, medical experts, and advocates who will speak to the following topics:
• Understanding Mental Illness: Signs, Risks, Stressors and Triggers
• Mental health for children and teens
• Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mental Health
• Treatment Options for Mental Health Wellness
• Resources, Support and Advocacy
This virtual town hall is hosted by the American Academy of Pediatrics, DC Chapter in partnership with DC Health Link, American Psychiatric Association, and the Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Task Force, Hillcrest Children’s Center.