Let’s Talk: Mental Health During the Transition from High School w/ the JED Foundation – June 15, 2021 – 7pm
Run Time: 60 min.
Leaving the familiarity of high school and stepping into the unknowns of young adulthood can be a challenging transition for many teenagers. Emotional preparedness is an important facet of this adjustment that oftentimes is overshadowed in the lives of teenagers. This presentation will help families and caring adults develop a clear understanding of the mental health trends impacting today’s teenagers. Caring adults will learn how to identify signs of distress in teens, how to effectively reach out, and how to know when to seek additional support for adolescent mental health concerns. Finally, the presentation will focus on how families can support high school students as they prepare to transition from high school into young adulthood.
Suzanne Button, Ph.D. is JED’s Senior Clinical Director of High School Programming. Dr. Button is a licensed clinical psychologist with almost 30 years of experience working with adolescents, children, their families, and the systems that serve and educate youth. Suzie came to JED from her role as a Policy Fellow with Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, where she supported the implementation, monitoring and sustaining of large-scale procedural and practice changes in behavioral health, social service, and educational settings across the United States and in Canada. Dr. Button comes to the work with extensive consultative experience in systems transformation, program development, teaching and clinical supervision, and work with families and communities. She also maintains a private practice for youth and families in the Hudson Valley of New York State.
Wenimo Okoya, Ed.D. is JED’s Director of High School Implementation. Dr. Okoya began her career as a teacher, where she witnessed the myriad of mental and health problems students were facing. This inspired her pursuit of an MPH degree from Columbia University and ultimately an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia. Prior to JED, Wenimo worked at the Children’s Health Fund, directing the Healthy and Ready to Learn Initiative across the New York City school system. She comes to JED with extensive experience in program development, public health education and training, and consultation/support for schools as they build bridges with communities of color.