Concurrent Disorders workshop (Lithonia, GA)

Format: 

Other

Number of Participants: 

25

What were the most important things you learned during the process of organizing the dialogue?: 

How important this dialogue would be to the participants because of the information we would able to share and the composition of the panel of survivors, overcomers, and experts. Due to sharing of experts with children  and the input of two adolescents, insights into the thinking of adolescence was gained.  Survivors were individuals striving for Peer Support certification. This inspired analysis of this program.  Discussion of “Text talk” brought discussion of the potential of:

  1. Providing Peer support certification for identified, desiring adolescence, functioning anonymously with profound referral acumen. These individuals would be recognized by text numbers and available appropriately for adolescent contact within the community. These individuals could receive compensation deposited towards academic, and or occupational endeavors.
  It was felt that this would have effectiveness any providing positive distractions for children/ adolescences in areas such as:  
  1. Bullying
  2. Mental health/ emotional disturbances
  3. Struggles with unwanted peer influence to use drugs, or engage in other antisocial behaviors.
  4. Decrease violence in the schools and communities by providing a safe, informative, peer contact with the potential of referring for safety.
  5. Questionable homeland security as children/ adolescences often see confusing situations in our communities that may have the potential for covert acts of terror.
  We are not sure if this discussion is not “Reinventing the Wheel” Hope to research Child/. Adolescent Peer support programs, use of technology to foster anonymous support, and potential for constructive compensation for participants.  

What actions did you identify that your community can pursue to improve mental health, especially among young people?: 

 The need to educate and train peer advocates/leaders and their parents/caregivers.  The need for peer support groups.  The importance of mentors in this area.

Is there anything else you'd like to share about your conversation?: 

The attendees were multi-generational and their experiences informed and helped the entire conversation.