Date of Release: June 14, 2013
Contact: Lisa Hutcheson | 317-903-9523
Indianapolis - Today at Union Station more than 200 mental health professionals, parents, and others will join together for the 16th annual symposium to discuss bullying, suicide, and other children’s mental health issues. Jesse Saperstein, who has autism, will open the symposium with “A New Kind of Hope for Autism” , as he tells his story of growing up with autism and facing bullying.
The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Rahil Briggs, professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University. Dr. Briggs has shared her thoughts on children’s mental health through many articles and interviews in nationally syndicated print and broadcast media. Her presentation, “Little Kids, Little Problems; Big Kids...The Importance of Early Childhood Mental Health Screening and Intervention” addresses proactive steps that parents, professionals, and others can take to provide support for children who may be at risk for serious mental illness. Several breakout sessions will be offered including suicide in children, bullying and bullying prevention, autism, and understanding the human behavioral response to violence.
Providing the closing plenary session is the Young Actors Theater who will be looking at the issue of youth suicide through their powerful and moving performance “Just Like I Wanted”.
For more information on the symposium, and to download the agenda, please visit our website at www.mhai.net.
Mental Health America of Indiana is a statewide, non-profit organization working for the mental health of all Hoosiers through education, advocacy, and public health reform.