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Reach Troubled Teens
WASHINGTON - A special webinar event, co-sponsored by the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute and the TeenScreen National Center, will take place on Wednesday, November 9 at 1 pm est.
This important webinar, entitled American Indian and Alaska Native Youth & Mental Illness: How Tribal Communities Can Reach Troubled Teens will highlight the impact of school and clinic-based mental health screening programs and offer hands-on tips for incorporating adolescent screening in tribal communities.
A new report on the mental health of Native American youth tells a troubling and all too familiar story. American Indian and Alaska Native youth struggle disproportionately with serious depression, substance abuse and other mental and behavioral health concerns. The adolescent suicide rate for youth in Indian country remains at more than 3.5 times the national average.
Against this disturbing backdrop, local tribal communities are implementing mental health screening initiatives that are known to make a difference - identifying at-risk youth and improving access to the mental health services they need.
Patrick Carroll MD, a specialist in adolescent medicine, will discuss his screening experiences at the Navajo Area Indian Health Service.
Renee Ouellet, of the La Frontera-EMPACT-Suicide Prevention Center will highlight the school-based screening efforts in the Gila River Indian Ak-Chin Indian Communities.
Christina Newport, Program Manager, at the TeenScreen National Center will provide an overview of TeenScreenâ€™s program and resources.
Register Online at Native Youth & Mental Issues Webinar
What: Webinar, "American Indian and Alaska Native Youth & Mental Illness: How Tribal Communities Can Reach Troubled Teens"
When: Wednesday, November 9
Time: 1 pm est
Duration: 75 Minutes
posted November 8, 2011 4:00 pm est
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