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Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Current Trends in Social Media Event

Thank you Pine-Richland parents, staff and community members who joined us to support our community event on March 29 on Mental Health Trends, Drug, Alcohol and Vaping Prevention/Intervention and Current Trends in Social Media.

As a community, it is up to all of us to empower our students to develop emotional resilience, maintain ongoing connections with peers and identify trusted adults at home and at school. We are in this together. We need to continue to build the health and wellness of Every Student, Every Day.  

Following is information about the March 29 presenters, copies of their presentations, links to their websites to reference for supportive services, and additional links provided by other district and community partners.

Featured Speakers and Resources

Maggie Caesar, LCSW, BCBA, Vice President of Clinical Services, Glade Run Lutheran Services
Mental Health Trends and Resources  

Pine-Richland currently utilizes Glade Run Lutheran Services as a provider for our school-based mental Health Services.

This workshop reviewed the trends in child and adolescent mental health and the continuum of resources available to families.


Dr. C. Thomas Brophy, Medical Director, Ellen O’Brien Gaiser Center
Drug, Alcohol and Vaping Prevention and Intervention

Dr. C. Thomas Brophy is a physician with board certification in addiction medicine and emergency medicine and is the medical director at the Ellen O’Brien Gaiser Center in Butler. He studied neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh and did his medical residency at Allegheny General Hospital. Dr. Brophy shared with the Pine-Richland community important information regarding drug and alcohol abuse and addiction in our community and across Western Pennsylvania and beyond. He also shared his experiences of having a brother who struggled with addiction, having witnessed first-hand what addiction does to a family. 


Dr. Brophy also spoke with our high school students on March 30. 

Ryan Klingensmith, MA, LPC, NCC, Shape the Sky 
Current Trends in Social Media

Ryan Klingensmith is the founder of Shape The Sky, a network of concerned parents, educators, clinicians and media who have come together to enrich the online experience for children through better education and more effective communication. The goal of this workshop was to help adults educate and provide guidance for children, with the goal of creating a digitally responsible culture among today’s youth through awareness and communication.