Laura Mitchell, president and CEO of Beech Acres Parenting Center, recently participated in a panel discussion about the youth mental health crisis in the country, at Cincinnati City Hall on Monday, June 26, after a 4 p.m. presentation of the documentary film on the same topic, “Wait to Nowhere.” Mitchell joined leaders from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Interact for Health on the panel during a meeting of the Climate, Environment, and Infrastructure Committee of Cincinnati City Council.

During the panel discussion, Mitchell discussed Beech Acres’ ongoing work toward strategies to strengthen youth mental health and safety, emphasizing prevention. Beech Acres is collaborating with Congressman Greg Landsman to convene a regional youth mental health forum to identify community metrics and a mental health dashboard. Beech Acres also serves children and families in the community with programs available through schools and pediatric offices, plus direct parent coaching.

City council issued a proclamation urging action on our area’s children’s mental health crisis.