Psychiatrist to address youth issues

Mwenda Yasa, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Prairie View, will provide an afternoon of free information about children’s mental health Wednesday, May 9.

The come-and-go event, which is part of the national Speak Up for Kids campaign, will begin at 2 p.m. in Prairie View’s Youth and Family Services Community Room, located at 1901 E. First, Newton.

Yasa’s presentation will cover the following topics:

• Is it ADHD or just inattention?

• Is it depression or teen angst?

• When to worry about your child’s worries;

• When bad things happen: Helping children cope with traumatic events;

• A parent’s guide to bullying;

• Managing problem behavior: Strategies for parents and teachers;

• Raising healthy children in the digital age.

Speak Up for Kids is an annual public education campaign during Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 6-12), connecting parents and teachers with professionals for free talks on psychiatric and learning disorders and other issues related to raising healthy, happy kids.

To RSVP, call Prairie View’s Youth and Family Services at 316-281-6700.

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