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The Hidden Pandemic: Promoting Mental Health Among High School Students

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

The Hidden Pandemic: Promoting Mental Health Among High School Students

Presented by Dave Chaplin, Principal, Stanton Academy and Alternative Programs, Yakima School District (WA); Steve McCullough, Superintendent, Tonasket School District (WA); and John MacPhee, Executive Director and CEO, The Jed Foundation

Sponsored by The Jed Foundation

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The pandemic has caused a pressing wave of mental health challenges across the nation, and the rising rates of suicide among teens have brought about major concerns. In this recorded edLeader Panel, viewers will learn about solutions to implement in high schools to ensure the health and success of our nation’s youth. The panelists share comprehensive approaches, as well as innovative strategies, that aim to support high schools to address the mental health needs of students now and into the future.

At the end of the recorded presentation, viewers will be able to:

  • Learn innovations and strategies that are helping students and educator communities
  • Develop an understanding of their readiness to adopt mental health strategies to positively change the mental health landscape of their school community
  • Deepen their knowledge of the current mental health landscape of K-12 students in the United States

This recorded edLeader Panel will be of interest to school and district leaders as well as teachers at the high school level. 

The Jed Foundation’s approach is used to demonstrate how high schools can address the mental health needs of students with their cost-effective solution.


Dave ChaplinAbout the Presenters

Dave Chaplin has worked in the Yakima School District for 38 years. For 20 years, he was a teacher and has been an administrator for the past 18 years. His administrative experience includes schools that serve students with many needs that are not met through traditional education. For the past seven years, Dave has worked in the district’s Alternative Programs, which include a comprehensive high school, incarcerated youth, and long-term suspended or expelled students.


Steve McCulloughSteve McCullough has been an educator for the past 26 years, serving as a teacher, principal, and superintendent in rural eastern Washington, and is currently in his sixth year as Superintendent at the Tonasket School District. Prior to working in public education, Steve was an employee benefits consultant for Hewitt Associates. Steve has a BA in economics from PLU, an MA in education psychology from Pacific Lutheran University, his principal credentials from Eastern Washington University, and his superintendent credentials from Washington State University. Steve also serves on several regional and state committees, including the Rural Alliance and the Rural Education Center.


John MacPheeJohn MacPhee brings 25 years of leadership and management experience from the business and not-for-profit settings to his role as Executive Director and CEO of The Jed Foundation. Passionate about supporting young adults in their transition to adulthood, John advises several organizations including City College’s S Jay Levy Fellowship for Future Leaders, Trek Medics, Crisis Text Line, Mailman School of Public Health’s Department of Health Policy and Management, and HIV Hero. John continues to contribute to the development of novel medications for disorders such as Parkinson’s disease through board roles with Adamas Pharmaceuticals and Blackthorn Therapeutics.

In 2016, John received The Allan Rosenfield Alumni Award for Excellence in the field of public health from the Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. He earned a BA from Columbia College, an MBA from New York University, and an MPH from Columbia University.


Closed captioning will be added to the recording within 2 weeks of the live presentation.

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The Jed Foundation

The Jed Foundation (JED) helps schools evaluate and strengthen their mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention programs and systems to safeguard individual and community health. We also develop resources and partnerships to ensure teens and young adults have access to resources and support to navigate life’s challenges.

The Jed Foundation


Wednesday, June 23, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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