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Youth Mental Health in the Era of COVID: Adolescents
Thu December 16, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed just how dysfunctional and fragile the United States mental health care system is, especially for young people. The outbreak has uncovered a lack of community resources, gaps in care, and inadequate allocation of services.
Join us on Thursday, December 16th from 7:00pm – 8:00pm EDT as we host speakers from The Trevor Project, Youth MOVE Massachusetts, and community psychiatry, as well as State Senator Julian Cyr, for the first in a series of webinars exploring these issues and offering action steps to help alleviate some of these dysfunctions.
This program will hone in on the unique challenges faced by adolescents, as well as the resources available to them, with a specific focus on supporting LGBTQIA+ youth. Parents, students, healthcare professionals, school staff, and community activists are all encouraged to attend.
Cosponsors include the Women’s Health Institute, Waterlow Workshop, Children’s Mental Health Campaign, and Parent / Professional Advocacy League (PPAL).
Keygan Miller (they / them) is an Advocacy Manager for The Trevor Project, the largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people. Keygan is responsible for the research, advocacy, and legislative agenda for The Trevor Project in the area of school suicide prevention policy, as well as the day-to-day operations of the advocacy team. Keygan previously served as a Special Education Teacher for Cincinnati Public Schools. Keygan graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Master of Arts in Education in Curriculum and Instruction as well as from George Washington University with a Master of Education and Human Development in Education Policy.
Dev Kaplan (he / him) plans to absolutely crush stigma about mental health using his story, which exuberates hope that things get better. He feels it in his being that he is a beacon of hope for this amazingly strong community. His message: “together, we mental health warriors can live good lives despite what we’ve been through. Trust me, I’ve been there.”
Dr. David Mirsky, MD (he / him) attended Western Reserve Medical School and completed his Psychiatric Residencies in England’s National Health Service and at Boston University. He completed his Child and Adolescent Fellowship at Boston University and Boston City Hospital. Dr. Mirsky has served over 50 years in community mental health and teaching. He is the former Medical Director of the now-closed UMass Adolescent Unit (Westborough State Hospital). Today, Dr. Mirsky is a Consultant for Riverside Community Care’s Life Teen Skills program, and is part of the Community Outreach Team at the Italian Home for Children.
Julian Cyr (he / him) serves in the Massachusetts Senate representing Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket. First elected to the State Senate on November 8, 2016, Julian is now serving in his third term and is among the youngest senators in the 40-member body. He is the Senate Assistant Majority Whip; Chair of the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery; Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Racial Equity, Civil Rights, and Inclusion; Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs; and serves on committees with oversight of health care policy, public health, telecommunications and energy, COVID-19 emergency management, and redistricting.