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Critical Conversations Series Sustaining the Self: The Mental Health Pandemic

October 29, 2021


Authors and experts in candid, live conversation reflect on the topics that matter most during this unprecedented time. For youth, the global pandemic has been a long haul of restrictions, isolation and uncertainty and many have faced significant impacts on their mental health. They have been coping with disrupted schooling, cancelled sports and community programs, heightened family stressors and feeling cut-off from friends. Youth, especially those who are already marginalized, are struggling more than ever with anxiety, depression, substance use, self-injury, and eating disorders. This panel discussion, with Betty LaiAmy NamShanita Brown and Melanie Siebert, will focus on the changes youth are calling for and explore strategies to support them to thrive. Tune in each day of the Festival to hear new speakers in critical conversation about the topics shaping today’s world.


October 29, 2021