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Youth Mental Health: An Overview

Date(s) - April 26, 2023
11:00 am - 1:00 pm


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Chase Cotten
Youth Mental Health: An Overview

About the Topic
In 2022, 35.7% of youth felt so sad or hopeless for two or more weeks in a row they stopped doing usual activities, an increase of 7% from 2016, according to the Indiana Youth Survey. 27.7% of high school students seriously considered attempting suicide in 2021, compared to 19.8% the previous year. Of those high school students, 65% of students who seriously considered suicide identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual. A positive trend is a decrease in Indiana’s mental health provider ratio. In 2021, the ratio of people to one mental health provider was 560:1 – a decrease of 36 individuals from 2020. Many counties in Indiana similarly have low ratios of people to mental health providers.

Join us to become more aware of the prevalence and data regarding youth mental health struggles, to discover the root causes of youth mental health struggles, including but not limited to adverse childhood experiences and social determinants of health, and to gain practical tools and recommendations that you can use in your daily work with young clients.

About the Speaker
By day, Chase is the Community Director at The Willow Center, a mental health counseling and substance use treatment center in Brownsburg, IN. It’s his privilege to manage their public relations, community organizing, creative media, prevention education, and business development efforts. By night, Chase is a partner, a dad, a musician, and a vintage fashion enthusiast. He likes to think of himself as a “multi-potentialite” — confident enough to try anything and humble enough to keep learning every day.