Mental Health Support Groups at the Parent Resource Center
October 3, begins Mental Illness Awareness Week. Mount Vernon City School District is hosting mental health support groups all week at the Parent Resource Center at Mount Vernon STEAM Academy between 5 and 6 p.m.
These support groups are open forums for students, faculty, and parents.
“With the increasing number of people being impacted by mental health disorders, many people often feel lost and alone,” said Fernanda Carvalho, districtwide psychologist and mental health coordinator. “Support groups are meant to provide guidance, support, and resources. Having social support available is important as it gives people a place to go where they can openly share their experiences and connect with others in similar situations. Social support groups are also vital in battling the mental health stigma, which can negatively impact the mental and physical health of stigmatized groups and their community.”
All individuals affected by mental illness, caring for a loved one with mental illness, or for those who simply want to learn more about the basic principles of mental health and wellness and where/how to get help are welcome to attend.
The following are the topics of each support group:
Oct 3: Erasing the Stigma in BIPOC Communities
Oct 4: Know the Signs (National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding)
Oct 6: Reach out and Disclosing (National Depression Screening Day)
Oct 7: Therapy and Resources
Please feel free to contact Ms. Fernanda Carvalho, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions or go to https://www.mtvernoncsd.org/family-community/mental-health-and-wellness.
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