Saturday, April 16, 2016

Kids' Mental Health: A Road Map to Stronger Minds Panel Convenes May 4

Kids' Mental Health: A Road Map to Stronger Minds
Helps Children, Parents, Pediatricians Navigate Rhode Island's Mental Health Care System 
Public Invited to the Taping on May 4 of Televised Discussion
with Medical and Mental Health Professionals and Advocates

Healthy children mean a healthy future. But what are we doing to ensure our children's mental health? 

The often complex answers to this question and more will be addressed by four local medical and mental health professionals and advocates, during a panel discussion that identifies current challenges and helps navigate Rhode Island's mental health care system for children. 

The panelists are Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health; Dr. Gregory Fritz, president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and academic director of Bradley Hospital; Dr. Elizabeth Lowenhaupt, child and adolescent psychiatrist, Lifespan Physician Group/Rhode Island Hospital, and president of the Rhode Island Council for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Lisa Conlan Lewis, executive director of the Parent Support Network of Rhode Island. 

Presented by the Rhode Island Foundation, in conjunction with Rhode Island Monthly magazine and Rhode Island PBS, the discussion will be moderated by Rhode Island Monthly magazine's Associate Editor Casey Nilsson, and will be held at Rhode Island PBS studios in Providence, on Wednesday, May 4. A reception with panelists and guests begins at 5:30 p.m. preceding the taping at 6:15 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Rhode Island PBS will air the full program on Thursday, May 19 at 8 p.m.

The public is invited to attend the taping, however seating is limited, and advance registration is required by Tuesday, May 3, through  

About the Rhode Island Foundation
The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. In 2015, the Foundation awarded $41.5 million in grants to organizations addressing the state's most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities. Through leadership, fundraising and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential.

About Rhode Island Monthly Communications, Inc.
Based in Providence, RI , Rhode Island Monthly Communications, Inc. is Rhode Island's leading full-service publisher of magazines and specialty publications, including custom publishing projects. Products include several lifestyle and tourism publications serving residents of - and visitors to - Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts.

About Rhode Island PBS
WSBE Rhode Island PBS is operated by the Rhode Island PBS Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. WSBE Rhode Island PBS is a viewer-supported member of the PBS network of public broadcasting stations, and uses the power of noncommercial media to educate, engage, enrich, inspire, and entertain viewers of all ages in Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts, and eastern Connecticut since 1967. WSBE-TV delivers content on three channels: Rhode Island PBS (digital 36.1), Learn (digital 36.2), and Spanish-language content on Vme (36.3). 

WSBE Rhode Island PBS transmits standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) content over the air on digital 36.1; on Rhode Island cable services: Cox 08 / 1008HD, Verizon FiOS 08 / 508HD, Full Channel 08; on Massachusetts cable services: Comcast 819HD, Verizon 18 / 518HD; on satellite:  DirecTV 36 / 3128HD, Dish Network 36. WSBE Learn transmits over the air on digital 36.2; on cable: Cox 808, Verizon 478, Full Channel 89, Comcast 294 or 312. For more information about programs and education services at WSBE, visit