APRIL 26 @7PM
The First Choice & A Second Chance
Stephen aims to knock down the stigma attached to the disease of addiction, educate the audience on the current drug epidemic, and set the stage for a powerful, honest and heartfelt story. During interviews with Stephen’s family, it becomes clear he had a great childhood. “No one saw this coming.” Stephen shows his audience, through his life experience, how addiction can unfold, the consequences of substance use, and how stigma contributed to his inability to recover. His storytelling technique allows each individual person to draw conclusions in their own meaningful way as it relates to their own life.
FEBRARY 16 @7PM
The Dangerous Truth About Today's Marijuana:
Johnny Stack's Life and Death Story
Laura Stack, CEO & Founder
On November 20, 2019, Laura Stack suddenly acquired the undesired wisdom of knowing what it’s like to lose one’s child, when her 19-year-old son, Johnny, died by suicide. He became psychotic after dabbing high-potency marijuana concentrates. Laura founded Johnny’s Ambassadors, Inc., with the mission to educate parents and teens about the dangers of today’s high-THC marijuana on adolescent brain development, mental illness, and suicide.
JANUARY 24 @7PM
Typical Teen Moodiness or an Emerging Mental Health Challenge?
A Primer for Parents and Caregivers
Diane DiGiacomo, M.D.
Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist
Parents and caring adults don’t want to overreact to teen moodiness, yet they also don’t want to ignore serious symptoms. This is a timely concern with the Surgeon General’s warning about the emerging youth mental health crisis exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, depression and anxiety symptoms have doubled since the start of the pandemic, with a rise in emergency department visits by teens for suspected suicide attempts. Parents and caregivers need to know that mental health challenges in young people are treatable, and often preventable. Dr. DiGiacomo will address the developmentally normative signs of moodiness in teens and the red flags for depression and other psychiatric disorders. She will also share tips on how to respond constructively in interactions with your adolescent, as well as how to access and obtain psychiatric or psychological assistance, and community and school supports.