Youth Mental Health Webinar: Starting the Conversation

The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the preexisting youth mental health crisis as children have faced school disruptions, uncertainty and inconsistency prompting emotional trauma that may not be visible. For Starting the Conversation, Jessica Hutchison, founder of My Red Said and a professional counselor focusing on trauma and grief, joined State Rep. Chris Bos to provide insights on how to identify narratives and utilize “talk to me” techniques to have meaningful conversations with our youth.

If you were unable to join the live webinar, you can watch the complete event and presentation in the video above or click below to view the presentation.

If you have any questions or concerns about mental health resources, contact Rep. Bos’ office at 224-662-1176 or

Below is a listing of public mental health resources:

  • Illinois Department of Human
    • IDHS Help Line – 1-800-843-6154 or 1-866-324-5553 TTY
  • Free & Confidential Hotline Numbers
    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
    • Crisis Text Line – Text HOME to 741741
    • National Helpline (referral and information services) – 1-800-622-4357 (HELP)
    • Illinois Cyber Bullying & Internet Safety E-Info Hotline – 1-888-414-7678
    • Illinois Crisis and Referral Entry Services (CARES) Line – 1-800-345-9049
    • Lake County 211 – Call 211 or Text your zip code to 898211