The Conversations Summit will Educate, Inspire and Activate attendees with an exciting mix of breakout sessions created and led by diverse groups of youth, mental health professionals and academic partners covering a vast spectrum of topics from mental health, arts, and technology, to social justice and activism.

The summit is graciously hosted by UIC at the Isadore & Sadie Dorin Forum (The Forum). There will be ongoing activations including live art, music, digital video, podcasting, and more.

Near Downtown Chicago‚ the Forum is the newest university event venue located on the corner of Roosevelt Road and Halsted Street.

Conversations Cafe is a monthly live podcast recorded at Sip of Hope Coffee Bar featuring education and open forum dialogue on the intersections of Mental Health within our communities.

BOYS DON'T CRY

Confronting stigmas that compel silence on men’s mental health

Self-expression communicates the internal experience (thoughts, feelings and emotions) we have to the outer world. Let’s unpack stigmas that compel silence for those who identify as male and impacts how they engage mental health.

Musician & Lived Experience Advocate

Dan Carcillo

Chicago Blackhawks (Ret) & Lived Experience Advocate

Adam Hill

Chicago Bulls Stampede

Banyan Treatment Centers

Big Brothers Big Sisters Chicago

YOU CAN'T WEAR THAT

Exploring stigmas that impacts women’s mental health

Artist/Creative Management

Not Ok App

Shaped Podcast

Jenna Korsten

Mental Health Advocate & Stoneman Douglas HS Alum

Kenya Hawkins

Working On Womanhood

Mental Health & Intersectionality

Let's explore the complex nuances of stigma and mental health in the intersectional context

Mental health care in general can be fraught with obstacles. In America, for people of color, individuals among LGBTQ+ populations and immigrants these challenges are compounded further by historic elements within America such as racism, non-secular and secular prejudices, cultural and language barriers. Let's explore the complex nuances of stigma and mental health care at social and cultural intersections.

Chicago Beyond

Photographer/Creative & Influencer

Artist & Designer

SocialWorks

Our Minds & Our Votes

Let’s talk about policy that can or does support youth mental health

Youth are taking bolds steps into impacting the social and institutional policies that shape and control their lives. Let’s talk about policy that can or does support youth mental health at the civic, state, and federal levels.

Guest Moderator

Reverend Mitchell Johnson

WVON RADIO

IL 2nd Congressional District

IL House Of Rep 13th District

We Are In This Together

A moment to hear calls to action on how all of us can take part in breaking the silence of stigma and support suicide prevention and peer-to-peer support. You don’t have to be a clinician to be an Agent of Impact on Mental health.

Performance by

Breakout sessions produced by youth ages 12 to 24 with diverse perspectives on a spectrum of topics.

Healthy Dating & Agency

Navigating the world of dating and romantic relationships can sometimes feel complicated, and for many, healthy is the last thing that would come to mind as a necessary relationship quality. Join the Youth Committee students from the Oak Park domestic violence agency, Sarah’s Inn, as they talk about the realities of teen dating violence, how to spot it, and how to intervene.

Serving Your Way to Resiliency

No-matter the age, service can positively impact not only your future but mental health!

“I’ll Be Happy When” Syndrome

Why is it so hard to just be happy?

“I’ll Be Happy When” Syndrome is the belief that you only attain happiness and joy “when” you do something specific, obtain something of value, or experience a particular life event often at a detriment to our mental health. Join State of Emerge-A-City to explore what we can do to be more mindful of being focused on ourselves in the moment.

Stress, Pressure, Anxiety

The Realities Faced by High Achieving Students

Students from Adlai E. Stevenson High School will share stories related to the stresses, pressures, and anxieties faced by high achieving high school students. Audience members will work with presenters to brainstorm ideas to solve issues faced by students nationwide.

Adlai E. Stevenson High School

Trauma & Resiliency

This presentation seeks to increase understanding of the scope of trauma, and provide strategies to enhance resilience.

Ending the Silence

NAMI Ending the Silence is an engaging presentation that helps audience members learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if you or a loved one are showing symptoms of a mental health condition.

Notice-Talk-Act

Mental health concerns in students are real, may be painful and, if left untreated, can have serious, life changing consequences. Early recognition, intervention and treatment of mental health concerns make a positive and lasting difference in an adolescent's life.

LGBTQ+ Youth & Their Support Systems

Join the Youth Outlook organization for a panel style discussion to learn about the work they are doing to support LGBTQ Youth and find inspiration to join them or enhance resources in your community!

Ending the Silence

NAMI Ending the Silence is an engaging presentation that helps audience members learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions and what steps to take if you or a loved one are showing symptoms of a mental health condition.

SEIZE THE AWKWARD

SEIZE THE AWKWARD empowers teens and young adults to reach out and help a friend who may be struggling with their mental health.

Create a Listening To Youth Advisory Board

Listening To Youth (LTY) is a program developed by state coalitions in Illinois predicated on the principle that Youth should have a voice in their community to change things! LTY can help to make that happen by providing a structure to create Advisory Boards to address concerns, raise issues, learn-discuss-critique options, and as appropriate, take action!

College Mental Health Trends

Join Dr. Caroline Lavelock & Dr. Joe Hermes as they illuminate the landscape of mental health in the college environment from current stats, to resources, prevalent issues, and how college students are engaging their own mental health care on campus.

Dialogue sessions lead by youth and community leaders in structured open discussions.

High Pressure Society

This open dialogue is focused on identifying causes of high pressure in your life, be it academically, socially, domestically, in relationships, or even social media. Lets identify causes of the pressure, and share ideas of ways to cope!

Maintaining motivation

Let's discuss maintaining motivation as we pursue our goals and aspirations.

Generational Disconnect

Have you ever wanted to start a conversation on your mental health with parents/guardians or other older persons but felt or were positive they wouldn’t understand? This workshop style dialogue aspires to confront how to overcome hurdles that might arise when approaching adults for support on our mental health.

Truancy & School Attendance

Let's hear from you on the reasons thousands of students choose not to show up for class each school day, and in your own words what are ideas to help reduce truancy or support attendance?

Finding Resiliency

Resiliency is the attribute of being able to bounce back from adversity. Let's talk about the challenges to obtaining resilience and also learn from each other how to support and build resilience into our lives.

Comedy and Mental Health

Resiliency is the attribute of being able to bounce back from adversity. Let's talk about the challenges to obtaining resilience and also learn from each other how to support and build resilience into our lives.