The California Student Mental Health Summit is presented in partnership with three youth-led organizations: GenUp, the California Children's Partnership, CreateCA, and the California Association of Student Councils. We believe that youth are the key to unlocking solutions that will improve mental health outcomes for all Californians. This event is aimed at promoting student mental health, well-being, and resilience.
During the summit, we will host a range of interactive activities, panel discussions, breakout sessions and networking opportunities. Attendees will hear from experts in the field of youth mental health, learn about innovative programs and initiatives, and connect with other like-minded individuals who are passionate about this critical issue.

Program Schedule*

Time Activity
7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. Opening Session: Path to Funding Racially Just, Relationship-Centered Schools;
Keynote Address by Alex Briscoe
10:00 a.m. - 11:05 a.m. Interactive Community Building with Lori Woodley
11:05 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Breaking the Stigma: Students Addressing Mental Health in Schools Together: Panel Discussion with students from GENup, CreateCA, and the California Association of Student Councils
12:05 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Keynote Address: â€‹Equipping Our Future with The Mental Hygiene Toolkit
by Dr. Raghu Appasani
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions (see below)
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions (see below)

*Times subject to change

Breakout Sessions

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Advocating for School Counselors: The Journey to Passing Assembly Bill 2508 and Transforming School Counseling in California’s Schools
Dr. Loretta Whitson

Compassionate Grief Work; Managing grief and loss in schools
Rachel Andrews

Advocating for the Safety and Well-Being of LGBTQ+ Students
Dr. Vincent "Vinnie" Pompei

Voices of the Youth: A Round Table Discussion on the Prevailing Issues Affecting High School and College Students Today
Facilitated by Zachary Patterson

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Creating a Path to Comprehensive Mental Health Supports in Schools
Dr. Caroline Perry

How Learning Motivational Interviewing Can Help Engage and Support Student
Dr. Kristin Dempsey

More Than Self is Needed for Self-Care
Dr. Jeremiah Aja