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FGCU 10th Annual Conference on Children's Mental Health

Tim Murphy
FGCU College of Education Facebook

Florida Gulf Coast University is preparing for its 10th annual Children and Youth Mental Health Conference.

The conference is hosted by the university’s College of Education. Director of Clinical Experiences and Partnerships Dr. Diane Kratt said the conference aims to bring parents, educators and mental health professionals together.

"We want everyone to be there together to just communicate and collaborate and share ideas and connect with one another and just try to strengthen the support in our community regarding children’s mental health," Kratt said.

Kratt said a big focus this year will be on children’s mental health during the pandemic.

"What we hope to do is to provide some knowledge, information and practices that are relevant to what they’re dealing with today and that can be helpful for them right now in their lives," Kratt said.

The Children and Youth Mental Health Conference will be heldvirtually on Saturday November 14 from 8:30 in the morning until 3:30 in the afternoon. It is free and open to the public.

Andrea Perdomo is a reporter for WGCU News. She started her career in public radio as an intern for the Miami-based NPR station, WLRN. Andrea graduated from Florida International University, where she was a contributing writer for the student-run newspaper, The Panther Press, and was also a member of the university's Society of Professional Journalists chapter.