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Dr. Devorah Heitner - Mental Health Symposium Keynote Speaker


District 204’s second annual Mental Health Symposium will be held on Saturday, March 9 at Metea Valley High School from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM. This event is free, open to the public, and will feature a variety of mental health resources for parents and students in grades 8 – 12. The Mental Health Symposium will include a keynote session by author Dr. Devorah Heitner who is the author of Growing Up in Public and Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World. Dr. Heitner's work has appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street journal and CNN Opinion. She has a Ph.D. in Media/Technology & Society from Northwestern University and has taught at DePaul and Northwestern. The keynote will be followed by a panel discussion with local experts to discuss the relevance of Dr. Heitner’s presentation in our schools and local community.

Attendees can anticipate a variety of breakout sessions tailored to both adults and teens, covering topics ranging from practical strategies for managing anxiety to embracing resilience and self-esteem. The event will also feature a book fair, a community resource fair, and childcare services for children aged three to ten.

View the Adult Breakout Sessions
View the Teen Breakout Sessions

For more information and registration, visit the Mental Health Symposium webpage.