Join us for a full day of conversations and learning about supporting well-being by improving the places where we live, learn, work, play, and pray.
Date & Time: Wed, October 23, 2019 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (Check-in and breakfast begin at 8:00)
Location: Hilton Houston Galleria Area, 6780 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77074
Young Minds Matter: Communities Connecting for Well-being is a free, one-day training event for people who care about children, youth, families, and caregivers. This year’s event theme grows out of the foundation’s new strategic direction, which focuses on changing community conditions and the root causes that contribute to poor mental health, especially in communities that have been subjected to bias and discrimination. Like previous Young Minds Matter conferences, we will focus on children, transition-age youth and their caregivers, and this year we’ll explore the many ways communities can promote well-being, including mental health in everyday life. Throughout the day, we’ll discuss the value of engaging historically excluded and under-represented groups* and how this enriches efforts to partner with communities to develop solutions for well-being.
This free event includes registration, breakfast and lunch. Space is limited and online registration is requested. Continuing education units (CEUs) may be available for professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, addiction professionals, and peer specialists. CEU details will be posted here as finalized.
Who should attend?
All who want to help develop healthy communities that support children, youth, and families. This may include:
- Parents, youth, caregivers, and other family members
- Community members/residents
- Mental health service providers
- Peer wellness specialists and coaches
- Community health workers
- Local service providers for children and youth
- Faith-based community members and volunteers
- Health care providers
- Public health practitioners
- School teachers, counselors, and staff
- Nonprofit social service organizations
- Policy makers and elected officials
- Residential treatment centers
- After school program staff
- Daycare providers
- Learn about upstream*, community approaches to improve the mental well-being of children, youth, and families.
- Discuss ways to strengthen community factors that are linked to thriving mental health and well-being.
- Engage in candid discussions about how structural bias* impacts the mental well-being of children and youth of color.
- Identify the importance of engaging historically excluded groups* (racial and ethnic minorities, people with low incomes, people with disabilities or mental health conditions, etc.) in all aspects of multisector, collaborative work.
- Engage and network with others interested in improving mental health and well-being of families in the greater Houston area and across Texas.
Register by Friday, October 18, 2019
Young Minds Matter 2019 is hosted by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, which works collaboratively to transform how communities promote mental health and well-being in everyday life. It is being coordinated by Prevention Institute, a national nonprofit committed to the vision that all people experience their full potential for health, safety, and well-being across the course of their lives.
Going upstream means addressing health and mental health challenges beforepeople get sick or injured. Upstream solutions get as close to the root source of the problem as possible. Downstream solutions focus on treatment and interventions for individuals once an issue is already present.
Structural bias occurs when institutions such as schools, banks, businesses, or government agencies reinforce biases like racism, prejudice against people with low incomes, and other types of injustices.
Historically excluded or marginalized groups are groups of people who have been systematically denied the opportunity to achieve optimal health because of their race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, mental health condition, socioeconomic status, geography, etc.