School Wellness Symposium

The Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals will be hosing an event in Columbia, MO, November 17-18, entitled “School Wellness Symposium – Building Bridges Together.”  The target audience is for K-12 educators, counselors, support staff, health professionals, higher education, clergy, and community decision-makers.

SCHOOL WELLNESS TOPICS THAT WILL BE PRESENTED:

  • Closing Gaps in Achievement and Opportunity: Tyrone Howard
  • Race and Culture in Schools: Tyrone Howard
  • Creating A Culture of High Expectations: Anthony Colannino
  • Making Equity Matter: Maisah Howard
  • Trauma-Sensitive Classrooms: Maisah Howard
  • Building Relationships: Linda Jordan
  • Anxiety and Depression: Polly Patrick
  • Cultural Competency: Erica Battle
  • Social-Emotional Learning: Denise White
  • Hope in Learning: Venola Mason
  • Self-Care: Adam Drummond
  • Chemical Dependency: Linda Jordan
  • School Safety: Missouri School Boards Association
  • Medicaid 101: Missouri School Boards Association (Kim Ratcliffe) NKC Schools (Perry Hilvitz)

Registration and hotel information can be found here.


Preventing Suicide – Article from Child Mind Institute

Child Mind Institute

Helping children when and where they need it most

Many people are reluctant to talk about suicide, fearing that being open about it will make more people — especially adolescents — see it as a viable way out of whatever distress they’re feeling. But evidence shows the opposite: Asking a child we are worried about if she has thoughts of killing herself can actually help prevent her from going through with it. 
Today is National Suicide Prevention Day, and we join many other groups in sharing information about ways we can fight the sharp increase we’re seeing in adolescent suicides. We explore warning signs that a child might be feeling suicidal, ways to lower the risk of a suicide attempt, and how to help kids cope with the suicide of a classmate, as well as their own painful feelings.
Caroline Miller, Editorial Director | 
Signs a Child Might Be Suicidal

Signs a Child Might Be Suicidal

What to watch out for and how to help.
Self-Injury and Suicide

How Are Self-Injury and Suicide Related?

The intent is different, though one can lead to the other.
Teen Suicide Risk Factors

Teen Suicides: What Are the Risk Factors?

Temperament, family and community all play a role.
What to Do if You're Worried About Suicide

What to Do if You’re Worried About Suicide

A parent’s guide to helping children in distress.
Supporting Children After the Suicide of a Classmate

Supporting Children After the Suicide of a Classmate

Responding to a painful loss in the healthiest way possible.
Preparing for College

Preparing Kids for College Emotionally

Problem-solving skills can help students keep from being overwhelmed.
Facebook Live: Why We Should Talk About Suicide

Why We Should Talk About Suicide

Join the Child Mind Institute for a special Facebook Live this Thursday
Mood Disorders Center

Mood Disorders Center

Help for kids with depression and emotional dysregulation
Dan Reynolds #MyYoungerSelf
Dan Reynolds on Living With Depression
Recursos en Español

Recursos en Español

Read childmind.org articles in Spanish
Symptom Checker

Symptom Checker

Worried about a child? Use our tool to get informed

Kratom: A Legal Drug That’s Dangerously Addictive

From the Child Mind Institute:

“Kratom is an herbal supplement that high school and college students are drinking as tea, believing it to be a natural way to boost focus and take the edge off anxiety. It requires no prescription and it’s easy to buy at head shops and online. It doesn’t show up on standard drug tests. The trouble is that as a user consumes more, kratom acts as an opioid, and it’s highly addictive.  This week on childmind.org we explore kratom use among teenagers and young adults, who may start using it as a stimulant, or to ease anxiety, but end up faced with a very difficult withdrawal. “Initially it helps you with your all-nighters, and it helps you with your stress,” says Dr. Michael Milham. “But then you’re stuck.””

For more information from the Child Mind Institute, follow the following link:

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