Parents Invited to Panel Discussion

Understanding Mental Health and Wellness Panel Discussion
Navigating Services for Students and Families via a Continuum of Support

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Pine-Richland would like to invite parents and community members to a panel discussion about the resources and services available to students and families at Pine-Richland School District 6-7:30 p.m. on April 26, 2022. The program will be hosted in the Pine-Richland High School Auditorium, 700 Warrendale Rd., Gibsonia, PA. 

As you know, Pine-Richland strives to foster growth by empowering our students to build resiliency, strengthen protective factors, and adopt positive health and wellness practices. Our district has emphasized a commitment to mental health and wellness for our students by partnering with staff and the community. We strive to continuously improve programs that promote a positive school climate, focus on mental health awareness, provide suicide prevention and intervention, and increase accessibility to a continuum of mental health services, both inside and outside of the school setting.

Over the past few years, some of our students and families have experienced a range of stressors from adversity, isolation, and grief. These stressors can be overwhelming, especially when compounded by mental health challenges. Nationally, there is a growing need to support the wellness and mental health of children and youth. Students are more likely to access mental health services in school than in any other setting.

The Pine-Richland school community is collaborating with community-based mental health partners to broaden the understanding of resiliency, protective factors, risk factors/warning signs, continuum of support, and mental health resources available to our students and families.

In addition to district staff members, we anticipate the following panel members:

●     Lisa Ashbaugh, M.Ed, Human Services Administration Organization (HSAO)- SAP Coordination- Services Executive Director

●     Dr. Paula McCommons, UPMC STAR-Center Outreach & behavioral health liaison for Allegheny County Student Assistance Program

●     Shawn T. Sledzianowski, NCC, LPC, CT, The Highmark Caring Place, A Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents and their Families

●     Sarah Fallica, LSW, HSV, UPMC Program Director: Child & Adolescent Acute Partial Hospital Programs, Child & Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Programs, Pediatric OCD Clinic, Services for Teens at Risk (STAR) Center, Central Intake

Who:  Parents, Staff, and Community Members

What: Panel Discussion

When: Tuesday, April 26, from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Where: Pine-Richland High School Auditorium, 700 Warrendale Rd., Gibsonia, PA 15044

The meeting will be conducted in person and offered via PRTV live. Sign up to participate or submit a question via this link.

The live meeting link will be available to participants who request the link via the RSVP form.