Description of Events

The main feature of our events is a "conversation." The program always begins with an informative introductory video, and then our parent panelists open up about raising children who have faced mental health challenges. 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 topics, 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, either openly or anonymously. 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 program to one hour. In addition, providers of free and low-cost 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 at the end of the program.

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.

Upcoming Events

Our events are free and open to the public. If you are a parent, caregiver, or anyone else who wants to learn about raising mentally fit kids, please consider joining us at one of our events. You can now find information about currently scheduled events on the Gateway Region YMCA's website.

If you need more immediate help, please check our list of community resources.

Past Events

The following is a partial list of events we have held in the past: