Thomas Jefferson School (TJ) senior, Chunyang “Trey” Wang, designed and developed a local mental health conference for teens by teens. Inspired by a successful iteration in Silicon Valley, CA, Trey proposed hosting a similar event to TJ’s staff and administration. In keeping with the school’s commitment to empowering student voice and independence the school willingly welcomed his efforts and donated their campus to serve as the location of the event. Scheduled for Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 9:30am-3:00pm on TJ’s campus (4100 S. Lindbergh Blvd., 63127), the conference hopes to engage local teens on the increasingly critical subject of mental health awareness and advocacy. The conference is open to all area teens (ages 13-19). Advance registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/midwest-teens-mental-health-conference-registration-43134407173.

The conference features keynote speaker, Prof. Ryan Lindsay from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, workshops, and an information fair with the goal being to connect teens to local mental health professionals and resources, to spread knowledge about mental well being, to help destigmatize mental illness, and to inspire attendees to become mental health advocates in their own communities.

 

Connecting for Wellness: How Loneliness and Isolation Make Us Sicker

Keynote delivered by Ryan Lindsay, Assistant Dean for Social Work at Washington University of St. Louis

Workshops

A) Meditation, Mindfulness, and Mental Health (Brianne Serdar)

B) Successful Women in Leadership (Michelle Steeg)

C) Healthy Relationships (Natalie Gaviria)

D) Media Portrayal of Mental Health Issues (James Pesek)

E) Addiction and Substance Abuse (Robert Riley II)

F) Stress, Anxiety, and Depression (Gabriele Ayres)

Mental Health Resource Fair

Participating organizations: TeenzTalk, Family Forward, Safe Connections, CenterPointe Hospital, and St. Louis Center for Family Development.