I was forwarded a PDF of a Social Justice presentation held at Central HS recently. I invite readers to comment:
The Unit 4 PTA Council is holding a 2nd mental health forum. As Panelists will again discuss programs they offer to parents, families, and adolescents. We will continue the discussion regarding how organizations can collaborate with the district to improve families’ access to services. Panelists will also be available to answer questions.
The hope is that this will be an ongoing discussion within the district and community to ensure individual, family, and community safety.
Mental health is an important element of everyday life. By promoting mental health awareness we can work together to educate our families, remove stigmas, and safeguard our families so that tragedies do not occur in our community. Please join us for this discussion!
Any questions can be directed to Sheri Williamson:
PTA Council Vice-President
Panelists will include:
Community Elements Access Initiative Carle Child Diagnostic Clinic Melanie Sivley, Private Practice Prairie Center Crosspoint Services east-Central Illinois Safe Schools Alliance Pavilion Behavioral Center
UPDATE: This event has been moved to April 6th.
A quick notice from Sheri Williamson. For those wondering about “mental health” and why it is important, I will be posting more about it in the next month or two.
The next mental health forum is Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 7-8pm in board room at the Mellon Building. Parents will again be invited to attend, but a strong emphasis has been placed on Unit 4 administrators, staff, and faculty attending. Dr. Wiegand and her executive team of assistant superintendents will be in attendance. They must be a part of the conversation as well. I would like for them to hear the same information that was presented at the January meeting. Some ideas have already been discussed and actions have been taken to begin consideration and even implementation. I believe there are still more ways that collaboration can occur and would love to have a 2nd opportunity to discuss those options. This is not only about services for youth as early intervention is my primary goal, but also about services for families. Please send this out to parents at your schools. I would love to see a strong turnout with parents as well. Let me know if you can attend.
Meg Dickinson wrote a short article about Sheri Williamson’s effort to get folks talking and thinking about mental health:
Sheri has been very active in organizing resource fairs in and around the schools and has a passion to bridge the gap between parents and resources.