Compass Health Celebrates Building Communities of Hope Gala Featuring Keynote Speaker Dr. Delaney Ruston

Non-profit behavioral health provider invites community members to join the virtual Gala on October 16, 2021, to support child, youth and family services.

Compass Health is proud to present keynote speaker, Delaney Ruston, MD, at its fifth-annual Building Communities of Hope Gala fundraiser on October 16, 2021, at 6 p.m. Ruston will speak about the importance of families finding their voices in sharing challenges and experiences with mental health needs.

The event will be streamed live on YouTube and Facebook, and proceeds from the evening’s Gala will support Compass Health’s child, youth and family services. Registration is free, and community members are invited to RSVP at

“With ongoing challenges across our communities, demand for our youth and child behavioral health services is as strong as ever – and support for our Gala is as critical as ever. This past year, our programs served more than 5,400 children and youth across Northwest Washington, ranging from in-person, socially distanced opportunities to sessions via telehealth platforms,” said Tom Sebastian, president and CEO of Compass Health. “Dr. Ruston’s perspective on giving voice to mental health needs and resources will resonate with those who share our mission of reducing stigma so that we can fully support whole person health. We are proud to feature a speaker of her caliber.”

Ruston’s keynote, The Gift of Sharing Our Truths, will explore why being open about youth mental health challenges has traditionally been viewed as taboo, how overcoming the unmentionable is vital for scaling support, and how giving a voice to youth struggles will benefit them in life-changing ways. The talk will also include Ruston’s personal story helping her own daughter navigate depression and growing up with a father who experienced schizophrenia.

Read the full press release here.

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