Sign Up: Uncovering Our Kids

Join us May 7, at The Lyceum in Hartford for a Community Forum:

Uncovering Our Kids: Towards A Better Understanding Of Teen Mental Health

Hosted by the Connecticut Health I-Team, in collaboration with ConnectiCare and Hartford Hospital’s Institute of Living.

Behavioral health problems among adolescents are a major issue in Connecticut, yet the system of screening, intervening and treating them is difficult to navigate. This is a chance for parents, teachers, clinicians and others to come together to talk openly about teen depression and other disorders, learn from an expert panel and help Connecticut to reduce the stigma of mental illness.

The forum:

Thursday, May 7, from 5-7:30 p.m.

Lite bites and wine starting at 5 p.m. Panel discussion begins at 6 p.m. sharp

The Lyceum Conference Center, 227 Lawrence St., Hartford, CT 06106

Tickets: $10 (cash or check).

Walk-in registration welcome!

Ticket proceeds go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Southern CT Chapter, and continuing coverage of adolescent mental health by the Connecticut Health I-Team (

Our Panelists:

Dr. Harold (Hank) Schwartz is psychiatrist-in-chief at the Institute of Living (IOL) and vice president of Behavioral Health for Hartford HealthCare. At IOL, Dr. Schwartz established the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center, a state-of-the-art, brain-imaging center devoted to research on severe mental illness. He also established the Anxiety Disorders Center with clinical research and programs in cognitive behavioral therapy and anxiety disorders. He was a member of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Mental Health and serves on the Governor’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission.

Nancy von Euler serves on the board of the Southern CT Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Nancy began volunteering with AFSP after losing her then 17-year- old daughter, Emma, to suicide in June 2009. Nancy’s work with AFSP has focused on public policy advocacy and community education regarding mental health and suicide. Nancy lives in Southport, with her husband, Peter, a teacher; surviving daughter, Sarah, a college freshman; and two dogs.

Jeff Vanderploeg is vice president for mental health initiatives at Child Health & Development Institute and an assistant clinical professor in psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine. His work focuses on developing effective policies, systems and practices for the prevention and treatment of mental health conditions among children and adolescents.

Kim Nelson is a licensed social worker and vice president, Children’s Outpatient and Community-Based Services at the Wheeler Clinic, working with children, adolescents and families. She’s provided both direct service, clinical and administrative supervision to staff on psychiatric inpatient units, in outpatient and community based settings and in emergency departments. Much of this experience has focused on providing and the development of crisis assessment and stabilization services for children and adolescents experiencing behavioral health crisis.

Jill Holmes Brown is a social worker and director of East Hartford’s School-Based Health Center Program. She was part of the team that developed Integrated Health Services, a non-profit organization that administers the five school-based health centers in East Hartford Public Schools.

Our Moderator:

Christine Stuart, editor-in-chief of, saw the evolution of the Internet as an opportunity to deliver news in new and interesting ways. She purchased the site in March 2006 from its founder, Dan Levine, and began reporting on state government and politics. Since then the site’s traffic has risen from a few hundred visits to a monthly average of more than 200,000. Thanks to her, CTNewsjunkie has become a staple in Connecticut’s daily news diet.

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This program is supported with a grant from the Koopman Share of the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.