MCPS: Mental Health Awareness Week to Take Place Oct. 10–15

by Patrick Herron

Per Montgomery County Public Schools:
MCPS and the Montgomery County School Psychologists’ Association (MCSPA) will host free virtual events the week of Oct. 10–15 to give youth and families the opportunity to hear from mental health experts on a variety of issues. The weeklong expo will feature daily themes, dynamic speakers and informational videos, as well as two live events: a Waymaking special on student mental health, and a resource fair and Q&A session.

The Waymaking mental health forum will be held from 6:30- 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12. The virtual resource fair and expert panel will be held from noon-1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Virtual events will include pre-recorded videos and live interviews with experts on topics, including healthy habits, supporting positive school climate through equity and diversity, and supporting problem solving through appropriate use of social-emotional vocabulary. Experts are expected to speak on topics such as neurodiversity, exercise and wellness, yoga and pain management, substance use prevention and therapy dogs. Students may earn Student Service Learning (SSL) hours for participation in virtual activities.

Sessions will be available in multiple languages.

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