Dialogues on Adolescent Mental Health

Topics: 

Format: 

Single, 2-hour event

Number of Participants: 

60

With what other organizations in your community did you partner when convening this conversation, if any?: 

Catholic Charities, Hameilton Health Center, PerformCare, Mental Health Association of the Capital Region, Pressley Ridge, Please Live, PA Psychiatric Institute, Dauphin County Health Improvement Partnership, Dauphin County Human Services Directors Offic

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

Self-harm is far more prevalent than one might think among the adolescent community.  While most people tend to think of self-harm as suicidal behavior, it is an entire spectrum of behaviors, many very subtle, that youth use to cope with pressure and mental illness.

We had a very large contingent of educational and psychological professionals who attended this session, in addition to parents.