Mental Health Fair to Feature Resources, Sessions on Variety of Topics
Do your children have difficulty managing stress? Are you looking for tips on supporting your child’s mental health in the age of social media? Would you like to learn more about how to take care of yourself so you can support your children better? Are you concerned about your child vaping?
These questions, along with many others, will be addressed during the annual MCPS Mental Health Fair, set for Nov. 9 at Gaithersburg High School. The event, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., invites staff, parents, students and community members to learn about resources that support students’ physical, social and psychological well-being.
Breakout sessions will cover a variety of topics, including mindfulness and yoga; supporting children’s mental health; student stress management; adolescents and social media influences; self-care and coping; food and nutrition; and vaping.
Community and governmental organizations will provide information and resource tables for attendees. Among those attending: Asian American Health Initiative; African American Health Initiative; Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services; Street Outreach Network/Safe Space Program; YMCA; the Montgomery County Council of PTAs; EveryMind; Montgomery County School Psychologists’ Association; Montgomery County Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health; RAP/The Landing; Family Services, Inc.; Youth Opportunities Coalition Bureau; the Montgomery County Police Department Gang Unit; MCPS Restorative Justice; and the MCPS Bilingual Assessment Team.
Celeste Malone, associate professor and coordinator of the school psychology program at Howard University, will deliver the keynote address on Breaking Barriers to Access Youth Mental Health Care.
Gaithersburg High School is located at 101 Education Blvd. in Gaithersburg.