Tattered Cover Presents: Mental Health and Children with KUNC


UPDATE: This event is now virtual for September 8th at 5:30pm. You can register below:

From worry and anxiety to social isolation, this past year and a half has been tough for so many kids in Colorado. Join Leigh Paterson, KUNC’s mental health reporter for a panel discussion on mental health and kids as the school year begins. The event is September 8th at 5:30pm hosted by the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver. 

The panel includes:


Michelle Tijerina is the Program Coordinator of the Voz y Corazon Suicide Prevention Program at the Mental Health Center of Denver.  The Voz y Corazon Program is a community based youth support program that uses art, connectedness, and suicide prevention trainings to help teens and young adults build their own communities, make friends and increase their self-esteem. She has been coordinating the program and teaching the Voz y Corazon Suicide Prevention Training for over 9 years.  Prior to this, Michelle worked as the Mental Health Center of Denver Child & Family Division Community Coordinator, where she developed and facilitated countless workshops and community based trainings for parents, youth, and multiple Denver organizations.  Michelle also worked as a Mental Health First Aid Trainer for 5 years.  


Jenna Glover, Ph.D is a Licensed Psychologist and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  Dr. Glover serves as Director of Psychology Training at Children's Hospital Colorado.  Dr. Glover’s clinical work focuses on utilizing motivational interviewing and acceptance based therapies with adolescents across a range of internalizing disorders.  Dr. Glover also provides community outreach giving talks and lectures on promoting wellness and self-care and has given a TEDTalk on these topics.   


Dr. Sonja O’Leary  has over 20 years’ experience as a pediatrician providing medical care to children and adolescents. She currently leads 18 (almost 19) school-based health centers (SBHC) that provide comprehensive medical, mental and behavioral health, health education and dental services to more than 12,000 patients-students annually in Denver, Colorado. Dr. O’Leary also helps oversee the evaluation of outpatient pediatric  quality initiatives.. As a native Spanish-speaker and a Colombian, she knows that different heritages, cultures and experiences brings an important perspective to medicine. 

Jonathan McMillan is a keynote speaker, author, journalist, activist, consultant & advocate for the empowerment of communities of colors and young people of color. He is the founder and Chief Success Strategist of Be Better Than Average, a consulting company that provides assessment & strategic insight into personal development, gangs & youth violence prevention, intervention and critical response and post-incarceration support. Recently, Jonathan was hired by the City & County of Denver to lead their Youth Violence Prevention Action Table and implement the newly developed strategic plan to reduce and prevent community violence.


Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet  Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet  represents Colorado’s House District 30, which stretches from northern Aurora to rural Adams County east of Denver International Airport and back into parts of Thornton and Commerce City, where she resides. Representative Michaelson Jenet serves on the House Education and as Chair of the Public and Behavioral Health Care & Human Services Committee, and the Legislative Audit Committee. She also served as the Chair of the Interim School Safety Committee to address the safety of youth in Colorado's schools. Rep. Michaelson Jenet's legislative work primarily focuses on youth, particularly mental health, as well as healthcare access. She and her husband have three children: Eytan and Gavriella Michaelson and Ryan Jenet, an active-duty U.S. Marine.


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