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Wednesday, July 6 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
How Do Youth Really Feel about Mental Health in Schools?

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How Do Youth Really Feel about Mental Health in Schools? A Youth Panel Discussion - The purpose of this presentation is to help schools enhance early identification and responses to students with mental health/substance use challenges, connect them to appropriate services, and support these students to achieve their maximum potential while experiencing mental illness/substance use.

Mentally healthy students free from substance use are more likely to learn and engage in school activities. First onset of mental disorders usually occurs in childhood or adolescence. However, most cases are undetected and untreated for years. Substance use is generally initiated in adolescence or early adulthood. Early onset correlates with high risk for psychosocial problems at home and schools. The pandemic and the associated stress have only worsened the well-being of our children and youth.

Expected outcomes are to learn:
1. Youth's perspective on mental health in school
2. What issues youth are currently facing
3. The importance of advocacy

A panel of youth with lived experiences of mental health/substance use disorders will discuss their perspectives on what had helped and harmed them while they were in schools and recommendations for school staff to better support them. Youth will discuss what mental health looks like for them and how advocacy can play a role in their mental health journey.


Theo Schwartz

Youth Coordinator, Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Theo Schwartz strives to be an activist and advocate for underrepresented communities in the Public Health field. Schwartz received their Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education at the University of Utah in 2021. They are a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). They... Read More →

Wednesday July 6, 2022 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
BUS 126 - Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Room 126 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah