TA Coalition: Social Connectedness - A Key Component to Youth Mental Wellness, Including Youth with Serious Mental Illness or Emotional Disturbances

A SAMHSA sponsored two-part series webinar presented by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), took place Wednesday, August 3, 2022 from 2:00-3:30pm Eastern Time (Part One) and Thursday, August 4, 2022 from 2:00-3:00pm Eastern Time (Part Two) called “Social Connectedness – A Key Component to Youth Mental Wellness, Including Youth with Serious Mental Illness or Emotional Disturbances”.  



The Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health (OCMH) and the Maine Resiliency Building Network (MRBN) will join us to discuss their approaches to promoting the mental health and well-being of youth. MRBN will talk about their Cultivating Mattering for Maine Youth initiative, which focuses on the importance of mattering as a form of social connectedness. OCMH will share information about their collective impact approach toward improving youth mental and behavioral health outcomes through social connectedness. Both MRBN and OCMH address overall youth mental and behavioral health, but hone in on youth and their families who struggle with serious emotional disturbance and/or severe and persistent mental illness. 


This was a 2-part series:


Part 1 was a webinar that highlights both programs. This will include program directors and people with lived experience discussing their role in the work.

Part 2 was a fishbowl discussion with questions from participants. One or two representatives from each organization will answer questions and have a discussion with each other about the importance of collaboration, community involvement, and how we can all do this work more collectively and effectively. 

*Participants who attended Part One were able to register for Part Two. 



•Linda Hall, Director of the Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health 

•Kini-Ana Tinkham, Executive Director of the Maine Resilience Building Network


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Kelle Masten at kelle.masten@nasmhpd.org or Paige Thomas at paige.thomas@nasmhpd.org


Thank you!


**We do not offer CEU credits however a letter of attendance will be sent to everyone who registered when the webinar is complete.   

****Live closed-captioning is available for this webinar, however, should you need other accommodations, please specify.  Thank you!