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NC State announces ‘Wellness Day’ in response to multiple student suicide deaths this semester

In the wake of three tragic student deaths by suicide this semester at North Carolina State University, Amy Kennedy spoke with WRAL about the need to make mental health resources more readily available on college campuses.

Beyond Therapy Podcast: Amy Kennedy on Mental Health Advocacy in Schools

Amy Kennedy is the co-founder of The Kennedy Forum, which leads a national dialogue on transforming mental health and addiction care in the U.S. Today, we speak with her about the importance of why there should be more mental health services in schools.

Governor Murphy Introduces Chair’s Initiative: Strengthening Youth Mental Health Care

PORTLAND, ME — To kick off the initiatives, the Governor and First Lady participated in a panel discussion with mental health expert Heidi Baskfield, vice president of Population, Health and Advocacy at Children’s Hospital Colorado; Amy Kennedy, education director, The Kennedy Forum; and Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet, AVP for Health Equity, Merck and lead, Merck for Mothers.

A White House Conversation on Youth Mental Health

WASHINGTON, DC — In celebration of Mental Health Month, Amy Kennedy attended the first-ever Youth Mental Health Forum at the White House featuring First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, singer and actress Selena Gomez, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, and 30 young leaders from across the country.

Ask a therapist: A live Q&A to explore common youth mental health challenges

In celebration of #MentalHealthAction Day, on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 2pm ET, The Kennedy Forum’s Education Director, Amy Kennedy, held a free Facebook Live session with Brightline behavioral therapist Lina Rodas, LCSW to discuss the most common mental health conditions in youth, what signs parents and other caregivers should watch for, when it might be time to seek professional help, educational resources, and more.

Urgency needed to thwart youth mental health crisis, Stockton panelists say

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, NJ — Amid growing youth mental health concerns, more must be done to avoid a nationwide crisis, especially as children become older, a panel at Stockton University said Tuesday.

“We’re seeing more issues with more children,” said local school nurse Victoria Druding, adding more students have come to her for mental health treatment.

Achieving Pay Equity Is About More than Pay

NEW YORK, NY – In Celebration of Women’s History Month, Nasdaq and Parity.org hosted a panel of women leaders to discuss the “E” in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I), with female executives from BestBuy, Willis Towers Watson (WTW) and Nasdaq. During their conversation about the continued problem of pay equity for women, the panel largely agreed that to achieve pay equity, propel women into management positions and retain them at the top, the infrastructure of work needs to change.

Lieutenant governors share perspectives on youth mental health crisis

WASHINGTON, DC – On March 29, The Kennedy Forum and the Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association (DLGA) hosted a special preview of Ken Burns’ new documentary, “Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness” at the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) headquarters in Washington, DC. The screening was followed by a panel discussion about states’ actions to tackle the youth mental health crisis.

Capital School District promotes behavioral services

DOVER, DE — The Capital School District presented its new “multi-tiered system of supports” Wednesday, aiming to meet its students’ academic, social, emotional, behavioral and mental health needs.

The state, led by Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long, began its Behavioral Health Consortium in 2019 to address mental health and addiction challenges. In schools, it has led to supporting social emotional learning — “the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions,” as defined by The Kennedy Forum, one of the state’s partners.

School hosts round-table discussion talking about mental health, getting resources to districts

DELAWARE – Mental health is a real crisis nationwide, especially within our youth, and the issue doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

“75 percent of children experience anxiety or depression at some point,” Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long said.

“We have seen an increase in suicidal ideation, in just screenings it’s up almost 700,000 higher people reporting suicidal ideation,” Amy Kennedy, Education Director for Kennedy Forum, said.

And, we’re told that uptick in suicidal thoughts is putting pressure on hospitals.