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Mental Health Awareness Week

October 26-31

All Community Members Invited to Join Virtually

MCPS and the Montgomery County School Psychologists’ Association (MCSPA) are hosting a free virtual event October 26–31 to give youth and families the opportunity to hear from mental health experts on issues that are important to them. This weeklong expo features daily themes, dynamic speakers and breakout sessions, and ends with a resource fair and Q&A session on Saturday, October 31. Sessions are available in multiple languages.

How to Join

  1. 1
    Plan in Advance

    Review the schedule of video titles and presenters to find topics that interest you.

    View Schedule

  2. 2
    Watch the Videos

    Come back to this web page on the day the video is scheduled to appear. Once a video is posted, it will remain on the site.

    Watch Videos

  3. 3
    Join Live Event on Saturday, Oct. 31

    Join the Mental Health Resource Fair and Q&A Session live on Zoom (Passcode: 842182) Saturday from noon - 1:30 p.m. or watch it on YouTube.

Earn Student Service Learning (SSL) Hours

Students may virtually engage in Mental Health Awareness Week and earn up to five (5) SSL hours for advocacy and raising awareness about the important topics covered. After participating in workshops and breakout sessions, students must complete a Google form to reflect on the information they learned and identify next steps for how they will use that information to benefit their school community. SSL remains a state graduation requirement, and Mental Health Week provides a wonderful opportunity for students to learn and serve!

How to Earn SSL Hours

  • Videos elegible for SSL hours are indicated by the SSL icon: SSL.
  • After participation in the MCPS Mental Health Awareness Week sessions, please complete the SSL form by 11:59PM on Saturday, October 31, 2020.
  • You will earn 1 SSL hour for each session you attended (maximum of 5 SSL hours) and completion of this advocacy exercise. Please only complete this form once -- first attend all sessions you are interested in, and then complete this form after you have finished attending up to five (5) sessions.
  • Please make sure your responses reflect thoughtful insight into the material presented and accurate and thorough coverage of the content.
  • This form must be fully completed by 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, October 31, 2020, in order to be eligible for your SSL hours.

Daily Schedule

Each day of mental health week will feature a different mental health theme with videos based on that theme. Videos will be available on the morning of the day they are scheduled. Daily themes and video topics are listed below.

Be-Well 365 Mental Health Week

Keynote Speaker

10/26/20

Promoting Mental Health and Well-being SSL
Dr. Jill Bohnenkamp

Assistant Professor
National Center for School Mental Health,
Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Be Peaceful

Presenters


Presenter

10/27/20

Positive Psychology During a Pandemic: Can We Really Find Happiness at a Time Like This? (for parents and students) SSL
Tim Bono, PhD

Assistant Dean
College of Arts & Science,
Washington University in St. Louis
Lecturer in Psychological & Brain Sciences
Author of Happiness 101: Simple Secrets to Smart Living & Well-Being


Presenter

10/27/20

Coping with Stress During COVID-19 (Korean)
Kim Nayoung
School Psychologist, Psychological Services

Presenter

10/27/20

Self-Care and Coping for Parents (for parents)
Emily Arker and Tamie Smith
School Psychologists, Psychological Services

Presenter

10/27/20

Minimizing Meltdowns During COVID-19 (for parents)
Linda Marcoux
School Psychologist, Carl Sandburg Learning Center

Presenter

10/27/20

Tips & Tricks: Resiliency in the Times of COVID
Harriet Kuhn

Presenter

10/27/20

Rise Up to the New Reality
Kaiser Permanente

Video Topics

wednesday
Be Safe

Presenters


Presenter

10/28/20

Dating Violence
Melinda Bellafiore and Janice Campbell
School Psychologists, Psychological Services

Presenter

10/28/20

SOS Signs of Suicide Parent Training 20-21 (in multiple languages)
English: Michelle Palmer
Coordinator, Psychological Services
Amharic: Nazareth Aregai
ESOL Transition Counselor, International Admissions and Enrollment
Chinese: Amy Wu
School Psychologist, Bilingual Assessment Team (BAT) & Preschool Education Program (PEP)
French: Elizabeth Fisher
ESOL Transition Counselor, International Admissions and Enrollment
French: Eunjung Joy Lee
Parent Community Coordinator, Student, Family and School Services
Portuguese: Elizabeth Fisher
ESOL Transition Counselor, International Admissions and Enrollment
Spanish: Wendy Mejia
School Psychologist, Psychological Services
Spanish: Han Nguyen
School Psychologist, Bilingual Assessment Team and Psychological Services

Presenter

10/28/20

Kaiser Permanente

Presenter

10/28/20

Kaiser Permanente

Video Topics

Related Resources

thursday
Be Healthy

Presenters


Presenter

10/29/20

The Impact of Exercise and Routines on Mental Health (for parents and students) SSL
Kim Batten, Helaine Larach, and Heather MacVean
School Psychologists, Psychological Services and Social Emotional Special Education Services (SESES)

Presenter

10/29/20

Estrategias Para Las Familias Durante y Despues Del Codi-19 (Strategies for families during and after COVID-19)
Patricia Sicora and Ana Groene
School Psychologists, Bilingual Assessment Team (BAT)

Presenter

10/29/20

Zumba Video 1 (for parents and students) SSL
Claysmile Entertainment

Presenter

10/29/20

Zumba Video 2 (for parents and students) SSL

Presenter

10/29/20

Yoga Video (for parents and students) SSL
Tanya Proffitt
Claysmile Entertainment

Presenter

10/29/20

Core Strength Training: 10-minute Workout SSL
ZuZu & Greg
Claysmile Entertainment

Presenter

10/29/20

Kaiser Permanente

Presenter

10/29/20

Kaiser Permanente

Video Topics

Virtual Mental Health Resource Fair
and Q&A Session

Saturday, October 31 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Theme: Be Aware

How to Join Saturday's Live Virtual Events SSL

Learn about mental health resources and supports available from MCPS, county agencies and non-profits. Ask questions to these experts during the Q&A Session.

All community members are invited to join on Zoom from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Participate via Zoom Webinar

(Passcode: 842182)

Watch via YouTube

Presenters


Presenter

10/31/20

Damión Perkins
Arts-Based Learning Health Educator
Kaiser Permanente

Presenter

10/31/20

Mrs. Ruschelle Reuben
Associate Superintendent
MCPS

Presenter

10/31/20

Allison Stearns
Chief Executive Officer
Caring Matters

Presenter

10/31/20

Gisela Martinez
Mental Health Therapist II
Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health, DHHS

Presenter

10/31/20

Dipika Cheung
Crisis Prevention and Intervention Call Manager
EveryMind

Presenter

10/31/20

Monica Martin
Administrator
Child/Adolescent School and Community-Based Services
Children, Youth and Family Services, DHHS

Presenter

10/31/20

Gregory A. Brightbill
Secretary
GLSEN Maryland

Presenter

10/31/20

Robyn Rosenbauer
EAP Specialist
EAP

Presenter

10/31/20

Henok Solomon
Care Coordinator
The Landing (FSI)

Presenter

10/31/20

Sami Sapkota
Behavioral Health Coordinator
Asian American Health Initiative

Related Resources

Q&A Session

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Watch Videos

Monday, October 26

Be Well

Keynote Speaker

Promoting Mental Health and Well-being SSL

Dr. Jill Bohnenkamp

Assistant Professor
National Center for School Mental Health,
Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Tuesday, October 27

Be Peaceful

Presenters

Positive Psychology During a Pandemic: Can We Really Find Happiness at a Time Like This? (for parents and students) SSL
Tim Bono, PhD
Assistant Dean, College of Arts & Science,
Washington University in St. Louis
Coping with Stress During COVID-19 (Korean)
Kim Nayoung
School Psychologist, Psychological Services
Minimizing Meltdowns During COVID-19 (for parents)
Linda Marcoux
School Psychologist, Carl Sandburg Learning Center
Tips & Tricks: Resiliency in the Times of COVID
Harriet Kuhn

More Videos

Managing Stress During Social Distancing
Managing Stress and Anxiety for Students SSL
Just Say OK SSL
Self-Care and Kindness SSL
Weathering the Storm SSL
Trauma-Informed Practices

Wednesday, October 28

Be Safe

Presenters

Dating Violence
Melinda Bellafiore and Janice Campbell
School Psychologists, Psychological Services
SOS Signs of Suicide Parent Training 20-21
English: Michelle Palmer
Coordinator, Psychological Services

Also available in: English, español, 中文, français, tiếng Việt, 한국어, አማርኛ, and Portuguese

Acknowledging Trauma
Kaiser Permanente
Survival Brain vs. Learning Brain
Kaiser Permanente

More Videos

BTheOne Campaign SSL
Child Abuse Awareness
EveryMind Crisis Prevention and Intervention Services SSL
Montgomery County Crisis Center SSL
Suicide Awareness
Domestic Violence Awareness

Thursday, October 29

Be Healthy

Presenters

The Impact of Exercise and Routines on Mental Health (for parents and students) SSL
Kim Batten, Helaine Larach, and Heather MacVean
School Psychologists, Psychological Services and Social Emotional Special Education Services (SESES)
Estrategias Para Las Familias Durante y Despues Del Codi-19 (Strategies for families during and after COVID-19)
Patricia Sicora and Ana Groene
School Psychologists, Bilingual Assessment Team (BAT)
Zumba Video 1 (for parents and students) SSL
Claysmile Entertainment
Zumba Video 2 (for parents and students) SSL
Yoga Video (for parents and students) SSL
Tanya Proffitt
Claysmile Entertainment
Core Strength Training: 10-minute Workout SSL
ZuZu & Greg
Claysmile Entertainment
Self Regulation and Cognitive Reframing
Kaiser Permanente
Becoming a Feelings Detective
Kaiser Permanente

More Videos

Medical Services and Telehealth During COVID-19
Sleep Management
The Landing Program & Recovery and Academic Program (English)
Programas The Landing y RAP (Spanish)
Calming Corner: Get Up, Get Ready SSL
Seated Body Scan SSL
Don't Rock the Boat! Stay Balanced! SSL
Early Elementary Children's Yoga

Friday, October 30

Be Connected

Presenters

Social Media in 2020 (for students and parents) SSL
Kim Fegadel
School Psychologist, Psychological Services
How to Talk so Your Teens will Listen: Understanding Mental Health Challenges among Asian American Youth (for parents)- English
Dr. Cixin Wang
How to Talk so Your Teens will Listen: Understanding Mental Health Challenges among Asian American Youth (for parents) - Chinese
Dr. Cixin Wang
The Impact of Social Change on Mental Health (for parents and students) SSL
Gabrielle Estevez and Katherine Oyson
School Psychologist Interns, Psychological Services
Social Skills in Young Children
Kevin Riley
School Psychologist, Psychological Services
Restorative Conversations
Kaiser Permanente
Effective Communication (for students) SSL
Madison Elmore
School Psychologist, Psychological Services

More Videos

Cyberbullying
Student Concerns in the LGBTQ+ Community During COVID-19 SSL
Courageous Conversations about Race (English) - Part 1
Courageous Conversations about Race (English) - Part 2
Family Mindfulness
Evening Routine

Saturday, October 31

Be Aware

Virtual Mental Health Resource Fair and Q&A Session SSL

Coming Soon!

All community members are invited to join on Zoom from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Participate via Zoom Webinar

(Passcode: 842182)