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TEDxSanAntonio Salon "Children’s Mental Health – Where are the Casseroles?"


Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM (CDT)

San Antonio, TX

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Student / Military Ended $20.00 $0.00
Discounted Admission to Morgan's Wonderland   more info Ended $8.00 $0.00

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One in five children will suffer from a mental, emotional or behavioral disorder. If this were the incidence rate of leukemia, we would rally as a community to eradicate the disease. Where is the same care and concern for children with mental illness? Gather with the TEDxSanAntonio community to hear the parent’s perspective, the child’s view and how the family and community is affecting change. Learn how you can be an important part of the solution.

This Salon offers a unique, interactive exploration of the issues that are preventing access to care and the healing process for our most vulnerable citizens – children. We’ll watch some excellent TED talks about the issues and then hear from local people working on the issue from different perspectives, including:

  • “Where are the Casseroles?” – We start with an interactive community dialog led by Lisa Sanchez, Michelle Jenkins and Kim Rice
  • Case Study of a Child's Mental Illness - Dr. Soad Michelsen, Southwest Psychiatric Physicians
  • “Will Neuroscience Ever Provide Anything Useful for Children’s Mental Health?” – Dr. Joseph Blader, UTHSC-SA
  • The Family System in an Age of Change with Dr. Marcela Polanco, PhD, OLLU
  • San Antonio Police Department’s Mental Health Unit – A demonstration of their de-escalation approaches


During three planned breaks, attendees can participate in a guided writing exercise, share their story in the video room, and see tableaus designed to visualize stigma in action and how we all play a role in supporting children and families with mental illness.

You’ll learn about an American Medical Association approved pediatrician checklist that can and should be integrated into wellness checks, and how your school district has health advisory councils that are led by parents to guide the district’s approach to mental health.

Snacks and beverages will be provided during this fast paced and empowering salon. Master of Ceremonies for the salon is San Antonio personality Chuck Cureau.

Please note the event will be videoed and attendees may be included in the recording. Salon attendees will also be in included in the One in Five Minds e-news distribution list.

About TED and TEDxSanAntonio

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, and TEDxSanAntonio is an independently organized event team licensed by TED to stimulate dialog and build community around Ideas Worth Spreading in San Antonio. TEDxSanAntonio Salons are focused, interactive explorations of a particular topic in depth. We welcome suggestions for future Salon topics.


Q: What is TED?
A: TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.

Q: What is a salon?
A: A salon is a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host to increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation. In TEDx terms, a Salon is an event that, unlike the usual TED events that cover a broad range of issues, is a focused exploration of a particular subject. In particular, this salon was inspired by the standing ovation and immediate, positive reaction to 2013 TEDxSanAntonio speaker, Liza Long. To see how she inspired us to action, see

Q: Do you offer scholarships to attend for people who can’t afford the ticket?
A: Yes. A limited number of scholarships are available. To inquire, please email:

Q: Where does the money go?
A: The proceeds from this salon go to TEDxSanAntonio and Fiesta for the Mind, a non-profit organization (501(c)3 status pending) that brings “ideas worth spreading” to the San Antonio community through thoughtful and innovative talks during its annual conference and other events. We use funds for our all-volunteer organization in many ways, including but not limited to interactive exhibits, entertainment, food, scholarships, viewing parties and other salons. One in Five Minds, the South Texas campaign to end the stigma of mental illness, is a partner in this salon event, providing resources, but is not receiving funds from this event.

Q: Do you offer refunds? Are tickets transferable?
A: No. If you cannot make the event, the cost of your ticket will be considered a charitable donation to TEDxSanAntonio.

Q: Can children attend?
A: Yes, when accompanied by an adult. Another idea is to purchase wristbands for access to Morgan’s Wonderland and visit the park with your family in advance of the event. The typical adult admission to Morgan’s Wonderland is $15, but a group rate of $8 for adults and children has been established. Your wristband is good for admission prior to the Salon, or within 30 days of the salon itself. Morgan’s Wonderland is the world’s first fully accessible park for all children. Children with physical disabilities may visit the park at no cost, but please check the qualifications on Morgan’s Wonderland site first.

Q: Is it too late to sponsor?
A: No! If you’d like to help us put on the event, please email us at sponsor [at] tedxsanantonio [dot] com. We are still accepting both cash and in-kind donations.

Q: Have you selected speakers? / How are speakers selected for salon events?
A: We publicize the opportunity to help organize the event on Twitter, Facebook and the website. If you have an idea for a salon event, you can submit a proposal.

Q: How can I stay in the loop about TEDxSanAntonio events?
A: Subscribe to our email updates.

Q: I have an additional question. How may I contact you?
A: Please email us at registration [at] tedxsanantonio [dot] com

Please help us thank our wonderful SPONSORS!

TEDxSanAntonio Salon Sponsor Health Collaborative

 TEDxSanAntonio Salon Sponsor Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio

TEDxSanAntonio Salon Laurel Ridge Treatment Center

Have questions about TEDxSanAntonio Salon "Children’s Mental Health – Where are the Casseroles?"? Contact TEDxSanAntonio

When & Where

Morgan’s Wonderland
5223 David Edwards Drive
San Antonio, TX 78233

Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM (CDT)

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About TEDx, x=independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

There have been hundreds of TEDx events worldwide; some are organized around a specific theme, such as TEDxOilSpill or TEDMed; some are regional like TEDxSanAntonio.

About TED

TED is an annual event where some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about. “TED” stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that are, collectively, shaping our future. And in fact, the event is broader still, showcasing ideas that matter in any discipline. Attendees have called it “the ultimate brain spa” and “a four-day journey into the future.” The diverse audience — CEOs, scientists, creatives, philanthropists — is almost as extraordinary as the speakers, who have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates,
Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Paul Simon, Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Starck and Bono.

The first TED conference was held in Monterey, California, in 1984. In 2001, Chris Anderson’s Sapling Foundation acquired TED from its founder, Richard Saul Wurman. In recent years, TED has expanded to include an international conference, TEDGlobal; TEDWoman; TEDActive, and several media initiatives, including TED Talks and; and the TED Prize. 

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