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Emotional/Mental/Behavioral Health for High School Students: What Families Should Know

Deering High School's Family Teacher Organization invites you...

Emotional/Mental/Behavioral Health for High School Students: What Families Should Know

Tuesday, April 9, 2024, 6:00 - 7:30 PM, Deering High School Library

PANEL:
--Jennie Summers Shea, Associate Program Director of Functional Family Therapy, Spurwink
--Marc Kaplan, Medical Director, Sweetser
--Melissa McStay, School Social Worker, Deering

GOAL: To answer your questions about how teenagers are doing with their emotional, mental, and behavioral health in 2024 and how families can support their youth.

  • What does current data from Maine (our state's Integrated Youth Health Survey) tell us about students who experience struggles with substance use disorders, anxiety and depression.
  • What are the leading mental and behavioral health concerns for today's high school students?
  • Signs that parents can look for that might indicate that their child is experiencing severe depression and/or using non prescribed medications or illicit substances.
  • What can families do to protect youth? What are the protective factors that could reduce a student’s risk for a substance use disorder or suicide?
  • Are there 'normal' challenges for teenagers in regard to their moods and emotions?
  • What can parents do to 'check in' with their youth?
  • What should parents do if their child is experiencing a crisis?
  • What family supports and treatment resources are available at the school and the greater Portland area?
  • What resources or supports exist for families that do not speak English as their language of origin or how are they from diverse cultural communities?

Time will be granted to allow families to ask questions.