Monday, January 5, 2015

FREE Mental Health Symposium

Transforming the Future for Young Adults

Sponsored by Transition Action Network for Mental Health 

Forest View Education Center - Arlington Heights, Registration is FREE!

Sponsored by Transition Action Network for Mental Health
Where: Forest View Education Center
2121 South Goebbert Road  |  Arlington Heights, IL 60005   
Date:Thursday, February 26, 2015 
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Nationally, the statistics paint a clear picture of the challenge.
  • 80% of young adults with mental illness do not receive services once they exit the school system
  • 75% of young adults with mental illness do not continue their educations beyond high school
  • 70% of adolescents with mental illness exit the school system without earning a high school diploma
In Illinois, the story is even more acute.   
  • 175,000 children and adolescents suffer from mental illness, with only 20% receiving services.
Join prominent Chicago area and state agency leaders for an interactive symposium to explore common challenges, develop new strategies and share resources to address our shared goals of supporting young adults with mental health needs in their transition to adulthood. 

The symposium will include leading representatives from our interconnected communities, including high school districts, legal, legislative, mental health agencies, medical and behavioral health facilities, vocational entities, university researchers and families. Join us in the conversation and call to action as we explore these questions and more:
  • How can your real world experiences contribute to understanding mental health needs of young adults?   
  • How can we seamlessly connect resources to build a supported future for individuals with mental health challenges?  
  • How can we individually and collectively transform the landscape for young adults with mental health challenges?

Register to attend the symposium. Additional details, including a full agenda and speakers, will be shared in mid-January.
For questions or more information, please contact:  
 Jennifer Pearson
Director of Special Education
Glenbrook High Schools #225