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Next WGLT Community Conversation Focuses on youth mental health

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WGLT public radio is an NPR member station licensed to Illinois State and has been a part of the School of Communication since 1997.

WGLT, Illinois State University’s NPR station, will convene a panel of experts February 12 to discuss the most pressing youth mental health needs in Bloomington-Normal.

The GLT Community Conversation on youth mental health will be 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 12, at Illinois State University’s Alumni Center. The discussion will be moderated by GLT’s Charlie Schlenker and Mary Cullen.

Civic engagement is a core value at Illinois State University. GLT is supporting that value by bringing together parents, policymakers, and stakeholders from the education, health care, and criminal justice systems.

Here are the panelists:

  • Diane Wolf, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, District 87 schools
  • Brian Goldrick, juvenile court judge, 11th Judicial Circuit
  • Mary I. Dobbins, SIU Medicine, board-certified in child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Stephanie Roberts, mother of Isabel Molina
  • Trisha Malott, McLean County Behavioral Health Coordinating Council supervisor
  • Tom Barr, executive director, McLean County Center for Human Services

The GLT Community Conversations series is made possible by the Alice and Fannie Fell Trust at Illinois State University.

“These are difficult but important conversations. WGLT is uniquely positioned to facilitate in an informed, balanced, and educational way, and that’s our goal,” said GLT General Manager R.C. McBride.

This event is free and open to the public. If you can’t attend, you can listen live on GLT’s Sound Ideas on 89.1 FM, stream, or watch via Facebook Live on GLT’s Facebook page.

The public can submit their questions for the panel in advance at

WGLT public radio is an NPR member station licensed to Illinois State and has been a part of the School of Communication since 1997. The station has been honored with scores of regional and national awards for excellence by The Associated Press, Kaleidoscope, Public Radio News Directors Inc., and the prestigious Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association. Over the decades, support from Illinois State and the community has allowed GLT to become a full-service public radio station, serving a Central Illinois audience approaching 30,000 listeners a week at 89.1 FM, as well as a growing digital presence with users all over the world via, social media channels, and NPR One app.

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