Helping Teens Cope with Toxic Stress

One in every four to five youth have a lifetime mental disorder. These include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and behavior disorders, according to The intricacies of being a teenager are forever changing, as is the complexity of youth services.

On Friday, October 13, Partners will bring together professionals who work with teens in a one-day educational conference. All of the keynote presentations and breakout sessions will focus on interventions, resources, and solutions to help professionals work with adolescents dealing with mental illness, substance use disorders and other behavioral health issues.

Partners Health Summit: Teens and Toxic Times

Partners Health Summit: Teens & Toxic Times will be held at the Hickory Metro Convention Center from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. This free summit will offer continuing education units for CHES, CME, CNE, NBCC, CE, NCSAPPB, and CRCC.

The event will feature two keynote speakers. Jasmine Mickle, project manager for Benchmarks’ Partnering for Excellence program, will present “Understanding the Impact of Traumatic Stress Adolescence.” Dr. Betty Rintoul, Executive Director of Encouraging Connections, will present “Toxic Stress and the Brain: Risk & Resilience.” Both speakers will share prevention practices found in the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) research study. Risky health behaviors, chronic health conditions, low life potential and early death have all been linked to ACEs.

Breakout session topics include:

  • Addiction, binge drinking, and substance use disorders
  • Buffering toxic stress
  • Building resiliency through responsive relationships
  • Childhood trauma
  • Cyber-bullying and sexting

  • Depression and anxiety treatment options
  • Self-Injurious behaviors and cutting
  • Suicide
  • Supporting LGBTQ teens
  • Toxic stress and early brain development

Additional Information

About Partners:

Partners Behavioral Health Management is the local manager of mental health, substance use disorder, and intellectual and developmental disabilities treatment available through Medicaid, state, and county funding. We contract with care providers to ensure that treatment options are available for eligible residents of Burke, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Surry and Yadkin counties. Our Crisis Line is available all day, every day at 1-888-235-HOPE. Learn more about us at

About Charlotte AHEC:

Charlotte AHEC, a division of Carolinas HealthCare System and part of the NC AHEC Program, strives to fulfill our mission of providing quality educational opportunities and services for all healthcare professional by building partnerships, promoting recruitment and retention of healthcare professionals, and advancing healthcare quality in the communities we serve. NC counties served are: Anson, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Stanly and Union.

About NC Collaborative for Children, Youth and Families:

The state collaborative provides a forum for the discussion of issues regarding how agencies, youth, and families can work together to produce better outcomes for children, youth and families. The organization develops recommendations regarding the coordination of services, funding, training and local reporting requirements to eliminate duplication and make the system more consumer friendly. The collaborative is made up of representatives of a range of state and local agencies, youth, families, and advocates. The state collaborative also provides support for local Collaboratives and Child and Family Teams.