Since our initial outreach, we continue to experience an increase in the number of students who are referred for mental health services, sent to crisis centers, or hospitalized for self-harming acts or ideations. We remain committed to ending the silence and stigma
surrounding student psychological issues and providing concerned parents and caregivers the support they need.
As a follow-up to our first “Call to Action” meeting, NAMI (National Association of Mental Illness) Mercer is partnering with ESS (Effective School Solutions) to co-facilitate
a 2nd “Call to Action” presentation for parents/caregivers on the important topic of youth mental and emotional health. This event is free and no registration is necessary.
The event will be held on Thursday, May 10th, 7:00 pm at The College of New Jersey in the Brower Student Center.
This program will focus on the important topics of:
- Warning signs for parents to look out for
- Child presents w/ warning signs or has an “event”
- What a parent can do in the immediate moment
- Short Term / Long Term options, resources, services
- Proactive Steps
Through our collective efforts and willingness to combat the stigma associated with mental health, we can provide a network of care and support for all of our students. I hope you will consider attending this event.
Thomas A. Smith, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools