Join the Global Coalition on Youth Mental Health for a Spring Webinar




In 2018, I had the pleasure of being a Founding Member of the Global Coalition on Youth Mental Health to address the growing prevalence of anxiety and depression in youth. In honor of Global Teen Health Week, on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 11:30 am (ET), I am participating in a 60-minute webinar to speak of the global statistics, our research on Hope, and progress with Hopeful Minds and our new 7 Cups collaboration. Like our program, this event is free and available to all and I hope you and your colleagues, friends, and family join us to learn more.





Dr. Shekhar Saxena, Professor of the Practice of Global Mental Health at Harvard University and former Director of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at the World Health Organization (WHO), is joining the call. He has been a great leader in the mental health space, and will be giving a broad overview on the global issue, and why we must act now. He is a leading expert in the space, so it is a great honor to be with him, and there will be time for Q&A so you may ask questions and engage with him.

Hopelessness is the primary predictor of suicide, and leading symptom of depression and anxiety. Hopelessness is correlated to increased partner violence, carrying weapons to school, and self-directed violence. Higher hope is associated with better academic performance, less stress, increased productivity, quality leadership, resilience, lower anxiety, better social connection, and less loneliness. We absolutely must address Hope in a systemic level.

Please join us in our mission to amplify the many voices on youth mental health worldwide, and share this with all interested. You may also RSVP to our Facebook event, and again please share with your communities. We appreciate your participation in our effort to galvanize awareness, collaboration, and action around youth mental health.

Hope to see you there!

In gratitude,


Kathryn Goetzke


  1. I read about iFred on a blog post on bstigmafree.
    As the Director of Partnerships I’d like to introduce “Crazy! Right?”, a unique podcast hosted by bipolar musician and iO Chicago Music Director, Dave Asher. It pairs Dave’s improvised piano music with the interviews of people affected by mental health, providing expressive therapy for both host and guest during the podcast.
    After being hospitalized in 2018 for a manic episode, Dave started the “Crazy! Right?” podcast as a way to focus his recovery. He aims to give a voice to those impacted by mental health and eliminate stigma to help others find theirs.
    Dave has produced 20 episodes of “Crazy! Right?” and is in his second season. The people he interviews have mental illnesses ranging from depression to addiction to eating disorders, with some having multiple diagnoses.
    As a person with bipolar disorder 2 myself, and a huge believer in music’s ability to provide an alternative mode of communication for those struggling with mental illness, I can attest to the relevance of the “Crazy! Right?” podcast.
    If you feel it is of value to your audience, a mention on your blog or social media would be appreciated.

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