Uniting Communities Breakfast on the Youth Mental Health Crisis

The Kempe Foundation’s Uniting Communities breakfast brought together members of the community to discuss the youth mental health crisis in Colorado and across the country with a focus on youth suicide. Our panel of experts facilitated a riveting dialogue on the severity of the moment and solutions for the future. It combined mental health professionals, families impacted, and we heard directly from our youth/teens.

The panelists included:

  • Ryan Venturi, 17-year-old creator of the mental health app, myivysky.org
  • Steve Berkowitz, MD, Professor of Psychiatry & Pediatrics at University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Stephanie Crawford-Goetz, PhD, administrator bringing trauma-informed care to Douglas County schools
  • Rick Padilla, Suicide Prevention Administrator for Denver Department of Public Health and Environment and survivor of suicide loss

The combined expertise of the panelists and the audience made for a powerful discussion on mental health in our community. If you didn’t get a chance to attend to this year’s breakfast, you’re in luck!

Watch the 2021 Uniting Communities Breakfast on the Youth Mental Health Crisis

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