FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mental Health America of Greater Dallas Responds to Youth Mental Health Crisis
Announces Adolescent Symposium on the Road in Tarrant County!
DALLAS, TX; October 19, 2023 — Texas is in the headlines for its response to youth mental health crisis and not in an effective way. Local media frequently reports on gaps in early mental health response to children in crisis, resulting in emergency room visitsi. Three major medical groups, The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American College of Emergency Physicians, and the Emergency Nurses Association call it a pediatric mental health crisisii.
In response to this crisis and requests from mental health professionals and advocates west of the DFW area, Mental Health America of Greater Dallas (MHA-Greater Dallas) announces a one-day version of its renowned Adolescent Symposium of Texas — now in its 48th year—the first Adolescent Symposium on the Road!
Adolescent Symposium on the Road will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2023, at the beautiful Pat May Center, Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD’s Professional Development Center in Bedford, Texas! Registration is open to everyone and includes six CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for $100 per person or, at the door, $110 per person. On The Road features six talented speakers’ workshops that provide the tools that professionals and advocates alike need to support the youth they work with daily and help prevent crises.
Bonnie Cook, MAS, Executive Director, MHA – Greater Dallas, said, “We are deeply saddened by the ongoing Youth Mental Health Crisis; as an affiliate of MHA National, we are aware of the dire need for more education, services, and support needediii and felt it crucial to offer this extra, one-day Adolescent Symposium on the Road! I invite professionals, advocates, and anyone interested in mental health to register and visit all the Exhibit booths, including our MHA-Greater Dallas booth, and learn more about our work within the community!”
To register for the one-day, November 9, 2023, Adolescent Symposium on the Road, visit www.mhadallas.org/asotr. To register for the two-day, February 14-15, 2024, 48th Annual Adolescent Symposium of Texas, visit www.mhadallas.org/event/adolescent-symposium-2024
About Mental Health America of Greater Dallas:
Mental Health America of Greater Dallas, founded in 1947, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to promote mental wellness through community education and policy advocacy. MHA-Greater Dallas serves as a catalyst to identify, assess, and respond to mental health needs in the community. As a facilitator and coordinator for local mental health service providers, MHA-Greater Dallas operates through long-range strategic planning along with immediate responses to community crises as they arise. In addition to our efforts to supply information, education, and advocacy related to mental health issues, we also provide preventive programs designed to equip high-risk populations (including children, adolescents, the homeless, and the indigent) with information and skills to combat stress and adversity. Learn more: www.mhadallas.org