Burrell Behavioral Health is taking the latest in a series of steps to combat youth mental health issues by hosting a conference at the DoubleTree Convention Center in Springfield on Monday, October 21st.
The deadline to register for the event is this Monday, October 14.
The conference is titled “Youth Mental Health: A Whole-School Approach.” The keynote speaker will be Heather Forbes, owner of the Beyond Consequences Institute. Forbes is an expert in the field of trauma in children and raising children with difficult and severe behaviors.
The conference is geared toward teachers, school administrators, law enforcement professionals, civic leaders, and others who will have contact with youth who may be facing mental health challenges. The focus is how to reach children and families in a place where they often seek help: at school.
“One in five youth will develop a diagnosable mental illness at some point before the age of 13,” Burrell Vice President of Youth Services, Elizabeth Avery, said in a statement. “The average length of time between the observable onset of symptoms and that individual seeking treatment is between eight and ten years. It is the goal of Burrell Behavioral Health and our partner school districts to close this gap.”
The conference’s schedule, confirmed speakers, and registration information is available on the Burrell Center’s website. The cost is $89 for non-Burrell employees, $79 for employees, and $49 for high school and college students.
Organizations with 10 or more registrants can bring two high school or college students free.