Risky Business: Mental health in young adults


Yellowbrick, a psychiatric healthcare facility in Evanston that treats young adults with complex mental health difficulties, is co-sponsoring a conference for mental health professionals with the Menninger Clinic on Friday, Dec. 11.

The half-day event will be held at Yellowbrick’s headquarters at One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave.

The Menninger Clinic is a psychiatric hospital based in Houston that provides treatment programs for adolescents, young adults and adults and is ranked fifth in U.S. News and World Report’s survey of psychiatric centers.

“Emerging adults are particularly vulnerable to mental health risks including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and various forms of addiction. It’s important to focus on this age group because this is when most people develop psychiatric illnesses, and research is constantly evolving about the best ways to treat these young people,” said Dr. Jesse Viner, CEO and Executive Medical Director at Yellowbrick. “This conference will focus on understanding and managing issues of risk in working intensively with this population.”

Now in its ninth year, this year’s conference, entitled “Risky Business: Distress and Danger in the Treatment of Young Adults,” will feature two guest speakers as well as a panel discussion and dialogue about treating young adults.

Dr. Michael Goat, Director of the Division of Adult Services at the Menninger Clinic, will speak about “Engaging the Suicidal Young Adult in the Discovery of Hope.” Dr. David H. Baron, Medical Director at Yellowbrick, will talk about, “Unlock the Door and Throw Away the Key: Giving up the Illusion of Enforced Safety in Treatment.”

The conference will last from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists and counselors can receive continuing education credits for $25. To register, please visit www.yellowbrickprogram.com. For more information, please email scollier@yellowbrickprogram.com or call 866-364-2300 ext. 233.

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