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Impact Norwood Speaker Series: Demystifying the Teen Brain Part 2

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Healthy Minds Patricia Coffey, M.S.W.


Franciscan Children’s, a private Catholic hospital in Brighton, and the Archdiocese of Boston have partnered to form the Kids Healthy Minds Initiative, a robust mental health awareness and community education program. One in five children and adolescents has a mental illness. Failure to detect and treat youth mental illness can have significant negative consequences including school failure, substance misuse, suicide, unemployment and early involvement in the criminal justice system. The goal of the Kids Healthy Minds Initiative is to increase community awareness about youth mental health crisis, teach people about the early warning signs of pediatric mental illness and decrease the stigma surrounding mental illness and its treatments.

About Patricia Coffey

Tricia Coffey is a MA Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Licensed School Adjustment Counselor. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston College in 2012, and Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Stonehill College in 2010. Tricia has an extensive background working clinically with Boston youth and families providing individual and family counseling. Tricia specializes in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and currently works in private practice at Colony Care Behavioral Health. Tricia is passionate about youth mental health and is the current Kids Healthy Minds Initiative’s program manager at Franciscan Children’s