The main feature of our events is a "conversation." The conversation always begins with an informative introduction by our moderator, and then our parent panelists open up about raising children, and the mental health challenges they have faced with respect to their kids. We always aim to present a panel of parents that is diverse, has a variety of experiences, and is reflective of the anticipated audience. Each conversation also includes a mental health professional who provides valuable expertise. We address, among other things, effective ways to talk with our kids about their mental health. In the final part of the conversation, audience members are invited to ask questions. Topics covered during our conversations have included: anxiety, depression, self-harm, trauma, bullying, eating disorders, signs and symptoms, and the list goes on. We cover a lot of ground, but we keep the whole conversation to one hour. In addition, providers of free mental health services are always on hand to answer questions and distribute information. Attendees may visit with the service providers before and after the conversation; they also may talk with any of the panel members one-on-one once the conversation is over.
We are amazed by the positive feedback we have received from school counselors, teachers, employers, psychiatrists, and especially parents. People tell us that they've never seen anything like what we do, and we truly believe that each and every event makes a difference in people's lives.
Most of our events are open to the public (subject to the requests of the host venue), and they are always free. If you're a parent, caregiver, or anyone else who wants to learn about raising mentally fit kids, please consider joining us at one of the events listed below. We're always scheduling new events, and sometimes our listings change, so check back often and find your opportunity to join the conversation.
If you need more immediate help, please check our list of community resources. If you'd like to schedule an event at your venue, or get involved in any other way, please let us know.
The Urban League is hosting an online wellness summit through their Save Our Sisters program. As part of this virtual event, Starting the Conversation will host a panel on Wednesday, September 23 at 6:00 PM. Register in advance for this summit.
16464 Burkhardt Pl, Chesterfield, MO 63017
Doors open at 5:30 PM. Conversation from 6 to 7 PM. This event is free and open to the public. This event is subject to change due to possible social distancing requirements. Please check back for updates.
The following is a partial list of events we have held in the past:
April 2016 – Incarnate Word Parish
September 2016 – St. Gerard Majella Parish
October 2016 – St. Louis Priory High School
May 2017 – Parkway Central Middle School
August 2017 – Monsanto Corporation
September 2017 – Rockwood Summit High School
September 2017 – Marquette High School
January 2018 – Parents Advocating for Multicultural Excellence in Education
March 2018 – Manchester United Methodist Church
January 2019 – Eagleton Federal Courthouse
February 2019 – St. Louis Priory High School
October 2019 – Cardinal Ritter College Prep High School
October 2019 – Parkway Central Middle School
November 2019 – Incarnate Word Parish
June 2020 – Gateway Region YMCA (Virtual Event)
September 2020 – Gateway Region YMCA (Virtual Event)