Bullying. Suicide. School safety. Climate Change. Today’s students are grappling with a variety of issues that can lead to depression and anxiety.

To that end, lawmakers in Oregon recently recognized the importance of the mental health of their students by enacting a law giving students five mental health days in a three-month period. Past generations have dealt with a variety of issues that lead to depression and anxiety, so what’s different today and how does this new mandate affect our local schools?

What resources are available in our community to help teens and young adults who are struggling, and what is being done for all youth to help them be more resilient? What can we as parents, friends, and community members do to help our kids grow into strong and happy adults?

Join City Club in this important and timely conversation about youth in our community.


Erin Rook, Diversity Coordinator at OSU-Cascades, a Project Facilitator for Better Together’s LGBTQ+ School Success workgroup, and a founding partner and DEI consultant with Allyship in Action.


  • Sean Reinhart, MS – Executive Director of Special Programs, Bend-La Pine Schools
  • Lindsey Overstreet, LCSW – Pediatric Behavioral Health Supervisor with Mosaic Medical
  • Angelina Montoya, MD – private practice specializing in the treatment of psychiatric illness in children, adolescents and adults
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