The Impact of Mental Health on Students & Youth Part 4: How to Have Meaningful Conversations with Youth about Mental Health


The Great Lakes MHTTC School-based Supplement offers this training for mental health and school-based mental health professionals in HHS Region 5:
IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI.

Youth who feel supported during a difficult time typically are better equipped to deal with a mental health challenge and have better chances for healing and recovery. Caregivers play an important role in being able to help youth who are struggling with mental health problems.

This webinar series will provide learners with tools to assess mental health in young people, recognize common mental health disorders, and identify differences between typical adolescent behavior and the onset of mental illness. We will focus on identifying how students express common mental health challenges through remote learning. In addition, we will discuss the opportunities remote learning provides for identifying students’ mental health and responding with effective coping strategies.

Learning Objectives

This workshop will present:

  • Tools for recognizing and talking about mental health with youth
  • The importance of utilizing non-judgmental listening
  • Guidance on supporting youth who are reluctant to have a conversation


Target Audience 

School personnel, mental health providers for youth, parents


Angela BegresAngela Begres is a licensed clinical social worker who trained and earned her MSW at the University of Chicago. She is an expert trainer and presenter with experience integrating mental health education programs into the curriculum for students and staff within the Chicago and West Cook County public schools. In Partnership with the National Alliance for Mental Health (NAMI) Metro Suburban, Angela also developed a program to help decrease student stress and implement mindfulness in the classrooms. She has also worked with Chicago Family Services (DCFS) providing parenting education, with efforts to get parents reunited with their children.

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