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Mental Health and Youth

Mental Health and Youth

The next episode of Teen Connection will examine what's being done to assist Wisconsin youth who are affected by mental health issues.

Premiere date: Jun 10, 2015

About the Program

The upcoming live, call-in television program will focus on parent peer specialists and school- and community-based mental health services — two methods being implemented by the Wisconsin Office of Children's Mental Health (OCMH). The program will also feature teenagers, including Miss Wisconsin Jr. Teen United States Brittany Georgia, who will share their personal experiences.

In a recent report to the Wisconsin Legislature, the OCMH indicated that approximately one in four high school students experience symptoms of depression. The report also noted Wisconsin's high rate of children's psychiatric hospitalization and a suicide rate among youth that is 40 percent higher than the national average. The OCMH, which was created as part of the 2013-2015 biennial budget, is tasked with improving children and families' access to mental health services.

Featured guests on the program include: OCMH Family Relations Coordinator Joann Stephens, Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services Executive Director Gary Myrah, Bellin Health Pediatrician Dr. Joseph Kellner, Wisconsin Family Ties Regional Coordinator and Parent Peer Specialist Deb Ramacher, Green Bay Police Department Community Crisis Intervention Officer and District Captain Jeremy Muraski and American Foundation of Counseling Services Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Rebecca Beall.

Crisis counselors will be available to talk during the live broadcast. Anyone who is depressed, despairing, going through a hard time or just needs to talk may call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255).

Wisconsin Office of Children's Mental Health (OCMH)

Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services (WCASS)

Bellin Health - Child and Adolescent Health

Green Bay Police Department Community Crisis Intervention Information

American Foundation of Counseling Services

Wisconsin Family Ties

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Host Kathryn Bracho appears courtesy of WBAY-TV/Green Bay. Teen Connection is produced by Joel Waldinger of WPT with co-producers Dean Leisgang of ETP-NEW and Eileen Littig of NEWIST/CESA #7

WPT is a service of the Educational TV Productions of Northeast Wisconsin (ETP-NEW)Wisconsin Educational Communications Board and the University of Wisconsin-Extension.

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