OPCSD to Present Mental Health Awareness Series to Parents
The Orchard Park Central School District is committed to promoting the social well-being of our school community through student support and parent involvement. To further this effort, we are pleased to offer a Parent Information Series on Mental and Social Emotional Health.
Parents and interested community members are invited to attend the first presentation in this series called More than Sad: Suicide Prevention for Parents on either January 15th in the Orchard Park High School Auditorium or on January 31st in the Orchard Park Middle School Auditorium. Both sessions will run from 6:30-8 p.m.
Presenter Missy Stolfi, Director of the Western New York branch of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will discuss how to:
- Recognize the signs of depression and other mental health problems;
- Understand concerning behaviors;
- Initiate a conversation with your child;
- Get your child appropriate help.
A Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) staff member from each of the six Orchard Park schools will be present after each session to answer any parent questions or concerns.
The presentations are the same, therefore parents can attend the session that is most convenient for them.
The Orchard Park Central School District would like to thank the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for making this free presentation available to parents and Central Council PTO for providing light refreshments during the event.
The Parent Information Series on Mental and Social Emotional Health will continue in February and March.
On Tuesday, February 26: Viewing of the documentary Angst
Angst is an IndieFlix Original documentary designed to raise awareness around anxiety. The film includes interviews with children, teens, educators, experts and parents. For additional information or to see the documentary preview, please visit https://angstmovie.com/trailer/.
Tuesday, February 26 in the OPMS Auditorium 6:30-8 P.M.
Monday, March 25: Viewing of the documentary Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age followed by panelist discussion
Screenagers is an award-winning film that probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, and depicts the messy struggles over social media, video games and academics. The film offers solutions on how we can help our kids navigate the digital world. For additional information regarding Screenagers, please visit https://www.screenagersmovie.com/.
Following the viewing of the film, a panelist of local experts will share insight and engage in a question/answer segment.
Monday, March 25 in the OPHS Auditorium 6:30-8:30 P.M.