Symptoms of depression and anxiety have doubled during the pandemic among young people across the country, according to the US Surgeon General. To help center youth voices in mental health reform and programming in Los Angeles County, the Youth Commission is hosting a “Centering Youth Voice in Mental Health” panel event, in partnership with the Council of surveillance and the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.
Over the past two years, 25% of young people have experienced depressive symptoms and 20% have experienced increased anxiety. The panel will be comprised of youth commissioners, mental health experts from the DMH + UCLA Public Wellness Partnership, and community mental health advocates.
“LA County youth are resilient and strong. By soliciting their input to improve mental health and wellness services across the county, we can help youth-serving organizations meet their needs and prevent future mental health crises,” said the Commissioner. and panelist La’Toya Cooper, who represents the Second District.
Youth, community members, partner agencies, community organizations, philanthropy and media partners are invited to join and learn more about how to center the lived experience and voice of young people while responding to the mental health crisis affecting young people in LA County.
Co-sponsored by the office of Fourth District Supervisor Janice Hahn, this event is a response to a 2004 board motion and is designed to center the voices of young people with lived experience, who are too often excluded from design programs to support them.
“It is imperative that when we envision a way forward to help LA County youth recover from the pandemic, we include them in creating solutions. By convening mental health leaders and advocates, the Youth Commission helps empower LA County youth in healing their communities. Hahn said.
“The Department of Mental Health is deeply committed to the well-being of LA County’s youth,” said DMH Director Dr. Jonathan Sherin, MD, Ph.D. Youth Commission, which is well positioned to help amplify the voices of young people who have never had a proper platform to provide information to county systems. We are confident that the Youth Commission will inspire new, more effective models of mental health care for youth in LA County. »
“The issues facing young people are more complex than ever. School closures, our continued consideration of racial injustice present in our systems, and the negative impacts of social media all present challenges to the well-being of young people. We need to collaborate on solutions that work for the young people we serve,” said Dr. Tyrone Howard, education expert and DMH+UCLA Public Partnership for Wellbeing panelist.
The Youth Commission welcomes suggestions for questions from panelists from members of the community. Those wishing to submit a question to the panel, please submit it to the Youth Commission Instagram page @lacounty_youthcommission by February 4.
The panel will take place on Thursday, February 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
To view the event flyer and toolkit, click here.
To register and join the session:
Registration link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/
Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/
RSVP also by emailing [email protected]
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