Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

November 8 - 13

All Community Members Invited to Join Virtually

MCPS and the Montgomery County School Psychologists’ Association (MCSPA) are hosting a free virtual event in November 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 informational videos, as well as three live events: a Waymaking Special on Student Mental Health, a Careers in Mental Health information session, and a Resource Fair and Q&A session on Saturday, November 13. Sessions are available in multiple languages.

Earn Student Service Learning (SSL) Hours

students 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 More

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! Videos eligible for SSL hours are shown with the SSL symbol.

Help is Available

If you are in need of mental health assistance:

Montgomery County Hotline:

301-738-2255 (voice 24/7; text/chat from 8:00 a.m. to midnight, daily)

Maryland SafeSchools Tipline:

833-632-7233 (24/7)

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 Events

    Join the live events on Zoom or watch on YouTube.

    Tues.- Waymaking Special with Students: Zoom / YouTube
    Thurs.- Careers in Mental Health Info. Session: Zoom / YouTube
    Sat.- Mental Health Resource Fair and Q&A Session: Zoom / YouTube

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.

Mental Health and Personal Safety

Featured Presentations


Presenter

11/8/21

Social Media Safety for 2021
Kimberly Fegadel
School Psychologist

Presenter

11/8/21

Coping and Living with Substance Use Disorder
Veronica Palleres
Parent Community Coordinator

Presenter

11/8/21

Coping and Living with Substance Use Disorder
Janice Campbell and Melinda Bellafiore
School Psychologists

Presenter

11/8/21

Dating Violence SSL
Janice Campbell and Melinda Bellafiore
School Psychologists

Presenter

11/8/21

Minimizing Meltdowns
Linda Marcoux
School Psychologist

Other Video Topics

Mental Health and Relationship Building

LIVE: Waymaking Special with Students

Time: 7:00 PM
How to Join: Coming Soon

Featured Presentations


Presenter

11/9/21

Social Support Networks: The 4 Supports Everyone Needs SSL
Amanda Hearn
School Psychologist

Presenter

11/9/21

How to Have a Respectful Disagreement on Any Topic SSL
Courtney Freeman
School Counselor

Presenter

11/9/21

How to Talk to Parents about Tough Topics SSL
Susan Astary
School Psychologist

Presenter

11/9/21

Healthy vs. Unhealthy Friendships SSL
Kim Medina and Helaine Larach
School Psychologists

Presenter

11/9/21

Racial Socialization for Parents of BIPOC Children
Aiysha Taylor
Social Worker

Presenter

11/9/21

Social Skills for Younger Children
Kevin Riley
School Psychologist

Other Video Topics

wednesday
Mental Health and Physical Activity

Featured Presentations


Presenter

11/10/21

It's Time to Catch Some ZZZ's: Developing Healthy Sleep Habits to Improve Mental Health SSL
Jeanne McCormack and Ashley Ryan
School Psychologists

Presenter

11/10/21

Self-Care Isn't Selfish: Developing a Self-Care Plan SSL
Jeanne McCormack and Laura Hammond
School Psychologists

Presenter

11/10/21

Self-Care Isn't Selfish: Developing a Self-Care Plan
Jeanne McCormack and Laura Hammond
School Psychologists

Presenter

11/10/21

The Impact of Exercise and Routine on Mental Health SSL
Kim Medina and Helaine Larach
School Psychologists

Other Video Topics

thursday
Mental Health as a Future Career

friday
Mental Health and Resiliency

Featured Presentations


Presenter

11/12/21

Four Types of Stress and How to Manage Them SSL
Amanda Hearn
School Psychologist

Presenter

11/12/21

Characteristics of Emotional Intelligence
Denine Gudnitz
Pupil Personnel Worker

Presenter

11/12/21

Building Your Mindfulness Self-Care Toolbox SSL
Maureen Ponce and Mark Mohan
School Counselors

Presenter

11/12/21

Asian American Identity and Mental Health SSL
Nayoung Kim, Sharon Huang and Jia Liu-Trofimovsky
School Psychologists

Presenter

11/12/21

Thinking about Our Thoughts: Vocabulary for Students Pursuing ALO and Their Caregivers
Megan Vaganek, school Psychologist and Janice Eisenberg, School Counselor

Presenter

11/12/21

Developing Routines, Strategies,a nd Activities to Improve Learning (Spanish)
Alexa Nunez, Ana Groene, Patricia Sicora, and Kenneth Mills
School Psychologists

Presenter

11/12/21

Nature and Us SSL
Courtney Freeman
School Counselor

Presenter

11/12/21

LGBTQ+ Youth Mental Health
Lindsey Vernon
School Counselor

Presenter

11/12/21

Supporting Nonbinary and Transgender Students at Home & School
Katherine Oyson and Laura Liebling
School Psychologists

Presenter

11/12/21

Symptoms of Major Depressive Disorder
Annette Harris
Social Worker

Presenter

11/12/21

ADHD Signs and Symptoms
Annette Harris
Social Worker

Virtual Mental Health Resource Fair
and Q&A Session

Saturday, November 13 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Theme: Mental Health and the Community

How to Join Saturday's Live Virtual Events

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

Watch Videos

Monday

Mental Health and Personal Safety

Videos will be available on Monday, November 8.

Tuesday

Mental Health and Relationship Building

Videos and Live: Waymaking Special with Students will be available on Tuesday, November 9.

Wednesday

Mental Health and Physical Activity

Videos will be available on Wednesday, November 10.

Thursday

Mental Health as a Future Career

Videos and Live: Careers in Mental Health Information Session will be available on Thursday, November 11.

Friday

Mental Health and Resiliency

Videos will be available on Friday, November 12.

Saturday

Mental Health and the Community

Videos and Live: Mental Health Resource Fair and Q&A Session will be available on Saturday, November 13.
Watch videos from last year's virtual Mental Health Awareness Week event, which took place October 26-31, 2020.