Sunshine from Darkness, a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to mental health research and local mental health services and programs, will present the Journey to Wellness Symposium on Nov. 13 at the Sarasota Hyatt Regency.
National and local mental health scientists will discuss new treatments, discoveries, and insights on mental health. Topics will include better treatments for childhood disorders, the impact of COVID-19 on young people, childhood and adolescent anxiety, and the nature of depression. A question-and-answer period will follow the free program, which runs from 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Speakers include Jennifer Katzenstein, director of psychology and neuropsychology at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital; Joyce Carter, director of wellness at Resilient Retreat; Dr. Myrna Weissman of the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University; Eli Lebowitz, director of the Program for Anxiety Disorders at the Yale School of Medicine’s Child Study Center; and Dr. Michael Bloch, co-founder of the Pediatric Depression Clinic at the Child Study Center.
The panel moderator is Andrea Blanch, consultant for the Here4Youth initiative of the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation and Gulf Coast Community Foundation.
“The ongoing effects of the pandemic, the negative impacts of social media, and other stressors have made this a difficult time for people of all ages but the impact on young people has been particularly acute,” Sunshine from Darkness president Jeffrey Peterson said. “This event will provide some answers as well as suggest a way forward for those working to make a difference in young lives.”
To learn more or reserve a seat for the symposium, visit sunshinefromdarkness.org.
Submitted by Jay Wilson