Important Mental Health Program on May 10

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:

  1. Warning signs for parents to look out for
  2. Child presents w/ warning signs or has an “event”
  3. What a parent can do in the immediate moment
  4. Short Term / Long Term options, resources, services
  5. 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.    

Sincerely,

Thomas A. Smith, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools