WE Well-Being Playbook & Panel Discussion

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

In celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month, PBS Books presented an evening with Leysa Cerswell Kielburger about the WE Well-Being Playbook featuring a panel discussion and interactive event.

The WE Well-being Playbook is a hands-on guide filled with everyday tools and actions to nurture your own mental well-being and the well-being of others.


About the panelists

Dave Anderson, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and the Senior Director of National Programs and Outreach at the Child Mind Institute. Dr. Anderson specializes in evaluating and treating children and adolescents with ADHD, behavior, anxiety, and mood disorders. His expertise includes behavioral parent training, school-based consultation and behavioral support, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). School-based programs directed by Dr. Anderson have provided clinical interventions, social-emotional skill building, professional development, and workshops for more than 45,000 students, educators, and parents. Dr. Anderson frequently lectures and leads workshops on a variety of topics for parents, educators, and policymakers, and he has contributed to television and print media for organizations such as ABC, Time, CBS, Fox, CNN, NBC, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, the New York Times, and NPR. Dr. Anderson received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and his doctorate in clinical psychology from Columbia University.


Leysa Cerswell Kielburger is co-founder of WE Charity. She is also a faculty member at the Centre for Mindfulness Studies, where she trains educators, health care practitioners, and corporate leaders in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy and stress reduction. She also runs the Centre’s Psychology Aid program for homeless and unstably housed youth. Leysa has taught and worked in North America, Southeast Asia and East Africa. She is completing her PhD in Clinical Psychology, with her research and dissertation focus on mental health care for underserved and marginalized populations. Her first book on strategies for self-care and mental well-being will be published in fall 2019.



Dr. Jacqueline L. Sanderlin (Dr. Jackie) is chairman of WE Charity US and is an accomplished educator and empowerment speaker, whose commitment to urban communities has led to dramatic improvements in some of Southern California’s toughest schools. Dr. Jackie’s passion and deep knowledge for curriculum and instruction, community engagement, partnerships, and educational leadership is unparalleled. Dr. Jackie is an author and her new book, The Why Not Challenge: 10 Steps to Empowering Communities and Developing Partnerships to Serve Children and Schools, will be released this summer.



Megan V. Smith, MPH, DrPH is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and in the Child Study Center in the Yale School of Medicine and in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the Yale School of Public Health. Dr. Smith is the Founder and Director of the nationally acclaimed Mental health Outreach for MotherS (MOMS) Partnership®, a community-academic partnership to improve maternal mental health among low-income women through a community-driven, place-based approach. Dr. Smith is also the Principal Investigator of Elevate, a policy lab to elevate mental health and disrupt poverty. Smith is currently working to transform systems of mental health care for low-income women with a particular focus on reducing mental health inequities related to race, ethnicity and poverty. Smith has numerous publications related to poverty, mental health and gender, and serves as Principal Investigator on studies ranging from the epidemiology of depressive and anxiety disorders in the perinatal period to the utilization of mobile health technology to reduce depression in mothers.


Jake Tollman is a 17 year old student and aspiring film director from Los Angeles, California. He has been part of the WE movement for years, from his experiences with WE Schools programming to his adventures on Me to WE trips in Kenya and India. Jake currently attends an arts school and hopes to be able to use his own stories and experiences dealing with mental health as a means of connecting with others, to show how these feelings are not singular, but universal.




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