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District 204 Mental Health Symposium

Reported by on 9/22/22.

Indian Prairie School District 204 is inviting you to attend our Mental Health Symposium on Saturday, March 4, 2023, at Metea Valley High School from 8 am – 12:30 pm. The symposium will include a continental breakfast, keynote session, multiple breakout sessions, and a community resource fair. The first 300 attendees will receive an event bag containing mental health resources, promotional information and items from sponsors, and an event souvenir. Childcare will be provided for children ages 3 - 10.

District 204 remains committed to addressing the mental health needs of our students and families. We are taking a responsive and proactive approach to helping our students and families thrive in these challenging times.


The keynote session, titled Protecting Our Children: Understanding and Monitoring Youth Mental Health, will be presented by KidsMatter and the Naperville Police Department in partnership with Linden Oaks and Fox Valley Institute. The panel of local experts will discuss the types of stressors local teens are facing today, the warning signs that a child is struggling with depression or suicidal ideations, and practical ways parents can monitor for these signs. The presentation will also include tips for parents regarding phones, internet safety, and social media.

Breakout Sessions:

Mental Health and Law Enforcement Response presented by Jamie Horner, Naperville Police Department

Parenting Matters, presented by Katherine Layden, Strong Families YWCA

Helping Students Feel & Perform Better: Parents as Protectors of Teen Mental Health, presented by Michael Bushman, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Mindful Heart, Mindful Home, presented by Lindsey Frank, Coaliton of Schools Educating Mindfully

Regulating Emotions and Managing Crises with Adolescents and Teens, presented by Marty Beirne, Linden Oaks Behavior Health

Navigating Peer Relationships & Conflict, presented by Alison Genslinger & Claudia Morales, Indian Prairie School District

Stressed Brains Can’t Learn: How Stress Impacts Behavior in School and at Home & What We Can Do About It, presented by Dr. Marloes Verhoeven, Oasis Mental Health

Road to a Successful Career Path, presented by Amit Thaker, Referral GPS

Supporting Your Middle School Child, presented by Deb Kimminau, Indian Prairie School District 204

Coaching Your Child Through Big Feelings with a Growth Mindset, presented by Tracy Schwartz LSC, Indian Prairie School District

Registration is required. Download the Mental Health Symposium flyer here.

    Event Starts: 3/4/23 08:00 AM
    Event Ends: 3/4/23 12:30 PM

    Metea Valley High School
    1801 N. Eola Road, Aurora, IL 60502.
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