Congressional Roundtable on Youth Mental Health, Suicide Coming to Keiser University in West Palm Beach

This week, at Keiser University’s flagship campus in West Palm Beach, two members of the Florida congressional delegation will hold a roundtable on youth mental health and suicide.

U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., announced that he and U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., will host the roundtable event on Wednesday.

“Since 2001, suicide and mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts, have been increasing at alarming rates in youth and teens. This discussion will focus on how the state of Florida addresses these important issues in our schools and communities,” the congressman’s office noted on Sunday.

Tom Robinson, a council member with the National Public Policy Council and with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), will moderate the event. Mary Claire Mucenic, the director of behavioral and mental health for the School District of Palm Beach County, and Leslie Harriot-Godfrey, a licensed school psychologist with the school district, will also take part in the roundtable. Susan Vialpando, the supervisor of the school district’s Family Counseling Program, is also scheduled to take part. Jowharah Sanders, the founder and executive director of National Voices for Equality, Education, and Enlightenment (NVEEE), will appear at the event. Other participants include Michelle Beatty and Charlene Grecsek from the School District of Broward County; radio host Allen Mednick; licensed school psychologists and student ambassadors.

Hastings appeared on “RealConvo” with Mendick on WJNO and iHeartRadio on Saturday to talk about youth mental health and suicides in Florida.

“I look forward to hosting a congressional roundtable on youth mental health and suicide in Florida on August 28th to discuss how Florida is addressing the rise of suicide and mental health issues among youth,” Hastings noted.


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