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Thursday, November 21 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Select Your Closing Capstone: Facing and Overcoming the School Mental Health Epidemic in Iowa

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Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people in Iowa and at least 20% of young people have a mental illness with fewer than 20% receiving treatment. In 2016, the Iowa Youth Survey indicated that 13.4% of survey participants shared that they had seriously contemplated suicide in the last year. Jennifer Ulie-Wells will share her story of trauma, suicidal ideation, and how extra adults in her life kept her alive. This jam-packed session will explore basic mental health characteristics, information, suicide prevention warning signs, and how school board members can help set the stage for saving lives. Sometimes knowing is half the battle.

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Jennifer Ulie-Wells

Please Pass the Love, Executive Director; West Des Moines, Board Member
Dr. Jennifer Ulie-Wells, finished her Ph.D. from Iowa State University in Education with certifications in mental health and social justice. She has been in education for over 20 years as a special educator. In 2013, she founded Please Pass the Love Youth Mental Health Initiative... Read More →

Thursday November 21, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm CST
Grand Ballroom B, Level 4