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Discussing Youth Mental Health at the 2023 Jed Policy Summit

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NGA’s Jess Kirchner and Jillian Meinhardt highlighted the importance of youth mental health at The Jed Foundation’s 2023 Jed Policy Summit.


Thank you to The Jed Foundation for inviting Jess Kirchner and Jillian Meinhardt of the National Governors Association (NGA) to speak at the 2023 Jed Policy Summit: Shifting Student Mental Health from Advocacy to Action on October 30. It was an informative summit, featuring expert and stakeholder voices to support youth mental health throughout the country.

Jillian Meinhardt, Policy Analyst on the K-12 Education Team at NGA’s Center for Best Practices, spoke on the panel titled Nothing About Us Without Us, reflecting on youth voice and policy impact. This panel focused on understanding the importance of youth and stakeholder voice within the decision-making process at all levels, along with promising practices for strengthening youth mental health initiatives and policies.

Meinhardt highlighted the K-12 Education team’s recent Student and School Staff-Well-Being Project, which included a cohort of six states —  Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan, North Dakota, Oregon and Wisconsin —  addressing this issue. Two common findings throughout this work were the importance of cross-agency collaboration and family engagement when addressing youth mental health and…



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