The Program


  • Learn important facts and statistics about mental disorders and the basic biology of mental disorders
  • Learn about youth substance use:the stages of substance use, the trends, the warning signs and what to do
  • Discover how to identify unhealthy adolescent behavior
  • Learn what treatments are available for mental disorders and steps to take to access treatment
  • Hear a parent of a child with a mental disorder share his/her story
  • Hear a youth with a mental disorder share his/her story
  • Connect with experts and resources in the field of suicide prevention, mental health and behavioral health
  • Enjoy conversation with other parents, teachers and youth workers


Each Healing Our  Youth: Get Educated! event includes a 90 minute panelist presentation and a resource fair*. The panelist topics include the following:

A Parent’s Personal Story – As an introduction to the presentation, a parent shares her retrospective story of her son’s struggle with mental illness and the early warning signs that she wasn’t able to recognize.

Mental Disorders: Facts, Statistics & Biology – In a logical and digestible way, a pediatrician explains important facts and statistics about youth mental disorders and the biology of  mental disorders.

Youth Substance Use – A substance abuse expert educates on youth substance use and the signs/symptoms of substance use in youth.

Identifying Unhealthy Adolescent Behavior – A professional counselor discusses the early warnings signs/symptoms of mental disorders in youth, how to distinguish between typical teen behavior and controllable negative behavior from early warning signs/symptoms of mental disorders, and treatments available for mental disorders.

A Youth’s Personal Story – A youth/young adult shares his/her journey and discusses the experience of living with mental health issues and, most importantly, shares his/her story of recovery and hope.

*The resource fair is open 1 hour before and for 1 hour after the presentation. Attendees have the opportunity to learn more about the resources available to help youth with mental health concerns, meet and talk one-on-one with mental health professionals, and discover how to access those resources.

“The presentation was so full of hope.  Dr. Gensler’s presentation really explained to a lay person the brain and why people would be diagnosed with mental illness. Gives me a new appreciation for our homeless, since so many of them are mentally ill.”  Educator, CCSD