“Breaking the Silence” mental health forum will address issues affecting children, teens, young adults

"Breaking the Silence" mental health forum will address issues affecting children, teens, young adults

The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is sponsoring a forum, “Breaking the Silence:  Addressing Youth and Young Adult Struggles” on Sunday at Brentwood United Methodist Church, and all are invited to attend.

The forum runs from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the church, 309 Franklin Road, Brentwood, TN 37027.

There will be a number of professional presentations on a wide variety of mental health issues impacting the lives of children, teens, young adults and their families and an opportunity to ask questions from practitioners in the field.

Many youths and young adults suffer from common issues: trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and hopelessness. These issues manifest themselves differently, often overlapping in complex ways.

Experts in the field will:

  • Educate teens and young adults, family and community members, as well as professional and volunteer practitioners, on a variety of topics;
  • Answer questions;
  • Create awareness about the available resources

Families, youth groups and anyone who works with youth and young adults are encouraged to attend, become enlightened and then continue the conversations in their own homes, schools and communities.

General Schedule:

1-1:30 p.m. Registration, refreshments; Visit exhibits and representatives
1:30-2:15 p.m. Welcome and keynote address
2:15- ___Break-Out Sessions (Adults: 5:00; Teens: 5:15; Professionals: 5:40)
5-6 p.m. One-on-one assessments; general discussions, visit exhibits and representatives

Note: There will be choices of topics for the non-practitioner adults for each of the four Break-Out Sessions. More info when
you register.

Substance Abuse/Addiction
Teen Suicide
Teen Violence
Self-Destructive Behaviors
Bullying , Cyberbullying
Domestic Violence
Grief, Stress and Trauma
Technology Addiction
Neurological Issues
Gender and Sexual Orientation
Self-Image Distortion
Eating Disorders
Healthy Lifestyle Options

Questions? Contact Liz Beatty, coordinator, at: aybeatty@comcast.net
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