NPD and KidsMatter Host Community Forum on Youth Mental Health

Youth Mental Health Forum

The Naperville Police Department and non-profit KidsMatter have partnered to offer a community forum and youth mental health resource fair for parents. “Protecting Our Children: Understanding and Monitoring Youth Mental Health” will discuss local stressors, signs that a child is struggling, and how parents can help.

“Our agents respond to so many calls involving youth in crisis, and so often we hear from parents saying they didn’t realize their child was in trouble. We couldn’t just sit back and do nothing to try to help,” Naperville Police Chief Jason Arres said. “The signs that a young person is struggling with depression, anxiety or suicidal ideation can be hard to spot, but through this event we hope to help parents begin to recognize these signs, know where seek them out and figure out how to respond to them.”

Round table

The roundtable will bring together three local experts. The first is Detective Theresa Stock, who is a 20-year veteran of the Naperville Police Department and currently assigned as a high-tech crime investigator. The second is Ryan S. Lauterwasser, head of the adolescent inpatient unit and eating disorder service line and co-chair of the Inpatient Suicide Prevention Committee at Linden Oaks Behavioral Health. And the third is Matthew Caston, who is a mental health counselor at the Fox Valley Institute.

“Youth mental health was declared a national crisis by three reputable pediatric organizations this fall, and the U.S. Surgeon General issued an advisory on the same topic in December,” said Nina Menis, CEO and Executive Director of KidsMatter. . “Naperville teens are not immune to the stresses experienced by young people across the country, which means we must embrace our mission of prevention by helping parents recognize the signs that their child is in trouble and how deal.

Questions from panelists can be asked in a structured Q&A session after the presentations or can be submitted to KidsMatter in advance on the KidsMatter event webpage or via email, [email protected] . Questions must be submitted by February 22.

Resource Fair

Attendees will also have the opportunity to speak with panelists and representatives from other area organizations and service providers at an on-site resource fair following the presentation. The DuPage Foundation will livestream the roundtable for those unable to attend in person. Live stream information will be shared closer to the forum date.

Protecting Our Children: Understanding and Monitoring Youth Mental Health will take place February 24 at 7:00 p.m. at Naperville City Hall, 400 S. Eagle Street.

Naperville News 17’s Aysha Ashley Househ reports.

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