Walsh University Offers FREE Mental Health Symposium to Address Challenges Facing Youth and Young Adults

Designed for Mental Health Professionals, Community Partners and Walsh Faculty, Staff and Students, Event Includes Panel on Challenges and Strategies for Social and Emotional Wellness

Walsh University’s School of Behavioral Health Sciences is hosting a mental health symposium for mental health professionals, community partners, and Walsh faculty, staff, coaches and students that addresses issues such as COVID-19 anxiety, depression and social media pressures affecting young people. The free event will be held Friday, Feb. 23, from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., in the Barrette Business and Community Center, and provides four contact hours with a certificate of attendance.

The event includes a panel of industry experts who will share challenges and strategies for social and emotional wellness, including a dynamic line-up of speakers.

The opening address, The Process of Discovering Your Unique Footprint in the World of Mental Health, will be presented by Quebec Gibbins ’13, ’18, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MA, LPCC-S, with the State of Ohio. He has a Master of Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling from Walsh University. Gibbins focuses on working with a wide variety of clientele, including adults, marriage and family, adolescence, children, foster care, trauma, mood and adjustment issues.

The morning speaker, Autumn Brown ’22, will present, Through the Eyes of a Clinician: Current Issues Facing Adolescents and the Impact on Well-Being. Brown is a Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, in Ohio and holds a Master of Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling from Walsh University. She specializes in working with clients who struggle with addiction, anxiety, depression, mood disorders and other mental health needs or concerns. Brown has an extensive history working with women, students, and those with dual diagnosis.

The featured keynote, Beyond the Breakdown: Unraveling and Rebuilding the Self, will be presented by Cyrus Ausar, who overcame adversity himself to become an acclaimed depression and suicide prevention expert. He has raised over $6 million for non-profit organizations. Ausar was the youngest recipient of the United Way’s Emerging Philanthropy Award and the Daymond Mumford Humanitarian Award. Cyrus owns an award-winning mental health café called “Greatness Café,” providing a safe space for individuals to find support and nourishment for their minds and souls.

Read about the guest speakers/panelists and see the schedule.

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Organized by Walsh University’s Occupational Therapy and Counseling and Human Development Programs, the symposium was made possible by a HRSA funded BHWET program from a Region V University, grant number M01HP42008-01-00, and is brought to you by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).