May is Mental Health Month
Do You Know Your Tools2Thrive?
While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health. The good news is there are practical tools that everyone can use to improve their mental health and increase resiliency - and there are ways that everyone can be supportive of friends, family, and co-workers who are struggling with life’s challenges or their mental health.
This May is Mental Health Month, Pittsburgh Public Schools is highlighting #Tools2Thrive - what individuals can do daily to prioritize their mental health, build resiliency in the face of trauma and obstacles, support those who are struggling, and work towards a path of recovery. One of the easiest tools anyone can use is taking a mental health screening at mhascreening.org when they need answers. It’s a quick, free, and private way for people to assess their mental health and recognize signs of mental health problems.
This May, we are also exploring topics that can help you build your own set of #Tools2Thrive - recognizing and owning your feelings; finding the positive after loss; connecting with others; eliminating toxic influences; creating healthy routines; and supporting others - all as ways to boost the mental health and general wellness of you and your loved ones.
We know everyone, students and adults of all ages, face challenges in life that impact their mental health. Now more than ever it is important to remove the stigma around mental health and recognize the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our students, families and community. This month we will hold two events in recognition of mental health awareness.
BUILDING MENTAL WELLNES FOR COVID AND EVERYDAY CRISES
THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2021, 7:00–7:45 PM
Join Dr. Lovie Jackson-Foster, a community-based social worker to learn coping skills, how to experience self-care, and connect meaningfully within your community when managing daily stressors and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Register at www.pghschools.org/PEP.
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS VIRTUAL TOWN HALL
THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2021 6:00-7:30 PM
Join Superintendent, Dr. Anthony Hamlet for an important town hall to help families learn how to identify child mental health issues and access school and community-based supports. Presenters will include Dr. Rodney Necciai, PPS Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, Dr. Justin Schreiber, UPMC Pediatrician, and Child Psychiatrist, Elena Runko, PPS Director, Social Work & Crisis Response, and a PPS Student Voice Leader. Questions will be taken via social media and from invited parents and students. View online at www.pghschools.org.