On April 29th, AIM Youth Mental Health gathered the best and the brightest to tackle tough questions and discover innovative solutions to the growing youth mental health crisis. California’s “Mental Health Czar,” Dr. Thomas Insel opened the day with an inspiring keynote on the state of mental health in California. Following Dr. Insel, a team of world-renowned experts shared the latest discoveries in evidence-based treatments for teen suicide, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, and other youth mental health challenges.
The researchers were then joined by “the real experts” – the youth themselves. Six high school students from the the AIM Ideas Lab shared their results from peer-to-peer surveys conducted throughout Monterey County. The young researchers recommended their own solutions based on data they had collected from their peers. Following the youth, a panel of courageous parents shared their trials, triumphs, and how they found strength as they navigated mental health treatment for their precious children.
Finally, the community gathered for a one-of-a-kind wine and cheese art reception hosted by the Carmel Sunset Rotary. The AIM Design Challenge displayed nearly 200 works of art, created by youth from around the world as young artists shared their interpretations of the pieces, discussed their creative processes, and received awards and recognition from Monterey County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Deneen Guss.
2022 Full Day Recap Video
Keynote Address: Dr. Tom Insel
Scientific Symposium Videos
New discoveries & treatment for Anorexia Nervosa
The AIM Ideas Lab Youth Panel
Substance Abuse Disorder
Parenting the Anxious Child: A Science-based Approach
Sleep Matters for your Mental Health
Childhood Anxiety: ADHD Treatment, Sex Differences, and Stigma
The Parents’ Perspective
Doctor Panel Discussion and Audience Questions
See you in 2023!
Given the overwhelming responses from this year’s AIM Scientific Symposium attendees, next year AIM will extend the gathering to a two-day event. Please watch for dates in early Spring 2023.