Upcoming Youth and Mental Health Events

Thanks to the Illinois Collaboration on Youth for sharing the following information:

Share Your Input on Afterschool Quality Standards
You're invited to get a preview of the Afterschool Quality Standards being developed by the ACT Now Coalition and its collaborators.  The Standards will offer a standard definition of 'quality' in Illinois to help further development of of comprehensive quality improvement systems.  Register for one of two events:
  • Chicago
    Thursday, February 26, 10:00am-12:00pm, Better Boys Foundation, 1512 South Pulaski Road. Register by February 24.
  • Carbondale: Wednesday, April 1, 10:00am-12:00pm, Boys & Girls Club of Carbondale, 250 North Springer Street. Register by March 25. 

Linking Lack of Mental Health Treatment and Suicide Among Youth
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago just released a data brief from the Illinois Violent Death Reporting System (IVDRS), "Circumstances Surrounding Adolescent and Young Adult Suicide Among Those Not Receiving Mental Health Treatment at Time of Death."  The study reveals that the majority of young people in Illinois who committed suicide were not receiving mental health treatment.  Yet there were signs of crisis and opportunities to intervene in many cases. This brief highlights the need to raise public awareness of when and how to seek help.  If you would like to help with this issue, please contact SCY Director Rebecca Levin.