HOPE FOR THE DAY (HFTD) has rallied a coalition of more than 40 organizations from community non-profit agencies to academic institutions — all dedicated to a day filled with Education, Inspiration, and Activation on mental health.

The event, which is free, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Sept. 7, at the Isadore & Sadie Dorin Forum (U.I.C. Forum), 725 W. Roosevelt Road. The event will be hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The 2019 Conversations Summit will include interactive workshops lead by a wide spectrum of community organizations, followed by panels of community leaders and representatives including Congresswoman Robin Kelly and Illinois House Majority Leader Greg Harris. The event will conclude with a call to action and musical performance by the musical artist Gnash.

The Summit also features workshops and speakers on topics crucial to youth today, all intersecting with mental health. These include school stressors, self-expression, economics, identity and orientation, social and criminal justice, personal agency, and family dynamics.

HFTD founder Jonny Boucher says of the Summit: “We chose to hold the Conversations Summit during national suicide prevention month because prevention starts with a conversation on our mental health. Not only will attendees interactively learn about how mental health influences all of us, but also how each of us plays a critical role in starting the conversation beyond this summit in our personal and professional lives.” 

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