Mental Health Week 2024

Mental Health Week 2024
Mental Health Week 2024

Meet Our Presenters for Mental Health and Wellness Week!

Monday – Friday | July 29th – August 2nd | 12pm – 1pm Eastern Time

Presenters: Dr. Christopher Jenson, Kristi Dixon, Brett Derickson, Dr. Avis Williams, Dr. Mindy Milavsky, David Heras, Jay Goyal,
Dr. Rebecca Berlin, Brandy Samuell, Dr. Angela Searcy, Surbhi Alaigh Vyas, Brenda Peña, Natalie Tung, Dr. Randi Melissa Schuster, and Jessica Smedley

Register for the Full Week

Register for the individual programs below.

Supporting Staff and Student Mental Health
Monday, July 29 at 12 pm ET

Presented by Christopher Jenson, M.D., Senior Health Advisor, Educator, Public Speaker, and Amazon #1 Best-Selling Author on School Mental Health; Kristi Dixon, School Counselor, Blue Valley Unified School District 229 (KS); and Brett Derickson, Assistant Principal, Carson Middle School, Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 (CO)

In this panel discussion, Dr. Christopher Jenson and experts will dive into the staff and student mental health crisis. Panelists will offer unique views and their expert tips.


Positive School Culture Through Wellness: A Conversation with Ed Leaders
Tuesday, July 30 at 12 pm ET

Presented by Dr. Avis Williams, Superintendent, NOLA Public Schools (LA); Dr. Mindy Milavsky, 2023 NJPSA Visionary Principal of the Year, 2023 NASSP New Jersey Principal of the Year, and Principal, Lawrence Middle School, Lawrence Township Public Schools (NJ); and David J. Heras, Ed.M., Principal, Conerly Road School, Franklin Township Public Schools (NJ)

In this conversation, school and district administrators will share their advice for supporting a positive school culture. Attendees will benefit from hearing guidance on this subject from a leadership perspective.


Effective Solutions for Student and Staff Wellness
Wednesday, July 31 at 12 pm ET

Presented by Jay Goyal, CEO, Alongside; Rebecca Berlin, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Intellectual Properties, Kaplan Early Learning Company, and President, Gryphon House Publishing; and Brandy Samuell, Director of Mental Health and Related Services, eLuma

In this panel discussion, attendees will hear more about mental health and wellness resources and solutions for students and staff. There is an urgent need for effective ways to mitigate our mental health crisis in schools and provide support.


Wellness Strategies for All: Support In and Out of the Classroom
Thursday, August 1 at 12 pm ET

Presented by Angela Searcy, Ed.D., Author, Adjunct Instructor, and Mental Health Consultant, Erikson Institute and Simple Solutions Educational Services; Surbhi Alaigh Vyas, LPC, ACS, Founder, Healing Lotus Mental Health, and Former School Counselor; Brenda Peña, MSW, Director of Social Work, SEL, and Specialized Student Supports, Chelsea Public Schools (MA); and Natalie Tung, Co-Founder & Executive Director, HomeWorks Trenton

In this discussion, mental health professionals will share their knowledge and various strategies for improving wellness in schools and at home.


Looking Ahead With Hope: Wellness Support in Transitions and Tough Conversations Along the Way to Graduation
Friday, August 2 at 12 pm ET

Presented by Randi Melissa Schuster, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital, Director of School-Based Research and Program Development and Director of Neuropsychology, Center for Addiction Medicine; and Jessica Smedley, LPC, Director of Counseling, West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District (NJ)

This discussion will culminate the week’s presentations by focusing on ways to connect with students and getting beyond the stigmas behind receiving mental health and wellness support. Ed leaders will share ways to encourage students who are facing challenging issues and share insight on how to navigate the journey to graduation.


Here’s what attendees had to say about last year’s Mental Health & Wellness Week:

“Best PD I’ve had this year… validating!

“Great conversation! We are all essentially experiencing the same situations and difficulties.
We are in this TOGETHER!”

“This has been an incredible week of learning and growth; thank YOU.”

Many thanks to our sponsors

Alongside     Gryphon House        SEL4CA     Solution Tree

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